REAL ESTATE

The Wilder Cos. takes on five new centers in eastern Massachusetts

BY Michael Fickes

Boston — The Wilder Companies has been awarded five new leasing and management contracts for nearly 900,000 sq. ft. in five shopping centers on the north and south shores of Boston.

The Crossing at Walkers Brook in Reading, Mass., is a 480,000-sq.-ft. center featuring Jordan’s Furniture, an IMAX Theatre and The Home Depot. An 80,000-sq.-ft. pedestrian-friendly lifestyle portion of the center features Staples, Golfsmith, the Paper Store, Macaroni Grill, Chili’s, and Starbucks.

Merrimac Plaza in Methuen, Mass,. is a 180,000-sq.-ft. center featuring Market Basket, C.W. Price, Dollar Tree, Rite Aid, McDonalds, Bank of America and small shop office space.

Dickinson Development awarded the leasing and management contracts for both of these properties to The Wilder Cos.

Investment advisor Angelo, Gordon & Co. contracted with The Wilder Cos for leasing and management services of three south shore centers:

Cushing Plaza is a 74,760-sq.-ft. center with Shaw’s Supermarket, Walgreens, The UPS Store, Supercuts, Rockland Trust Bank and additional small shops and services including the independent Buttonwood Book & Toy Store.

Two Shaw’s Plazas, one in Easton is a 104,923-sq.-ft. center featuring a 67,000 Shaw’s Supermarket and Rite Aid and another in Hanover — a standalone 57,181-sq.-ft. store.

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Catalog Spree launches beauty department

BY CSA STAFF

Catalog Spree, a digital mall that lets consumers browse, discover and shop their favorite brands, has launched a new beauty department in its mobile shopping app with lookbooks for Sephora, Beauty.com, Avon, Bliss and the Body Shop.

The new department also features the Catalog Spree-branded Beauty Fall 2013 lookbook which includes brands such as Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Marc Jacobs, NARS and Yves Saint Laurent.

Catalog Spree’s full-page lookbooks let consumers browse and shop by flipping through pages on an iPad or iPhone. The app features more than 350 custom lookbooks, as well as traditional digital catalogs, for top-tier beauty and fashion brands such as Barneys New York, Forever 21, Nordstrom, Stella & Dot, Target and Toms Shoes. All custom lookbooks are created with Catalog Spree’s all-digital publication platform, Spree Studio.

"Many e-commerce retailers, especially those in beauty, don’t print or have limited distribution of traditional paper catalogs due to costs. With Spree Studio, Catalog Spree is removing that barrier by easily creating gorgeous digital lookbooks that deliver an engaging shopping experience," said Joaquin Ruiz, CEO of Catalog Spree. "We’re constantly striving to delight mobile shoppers with fun, high-quality content, so adding top beauty brands to Catalog Spree was a no brainer, especially when you consider that almost 70% of our shoppers are women."

Catalog Spree has published more than 1,000 catalogs this year, including more than 100 custom lookbooks in just a few months. These custom lookbooks are seeing high readership and user engagement, including 50% more product click-throughs than a traditional digital catalog.

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CBRE Group appoints global president of capital markets

BY Michael Fickes

Los Angeles — CBRE Group has appointed Chris Ludeman global president of Capital Markets.

Ludeman will oversee the global growth and integration of CBRE’s Capital Markets Service business line, which includes Investment Sales, Debt & Structure Finance and Capital Advisors activities worldwide, working with CBRE’s Capital Markets leaders around he world.

A 33-year veteran of CBRE, Ludeman most recently served as president of the Capital Markets business in the Americas.

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