Long Island Shopping Center Sold for $8M
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by VMSD Staff
13h ago
A 30,725-square-foot shopping center in East Meadow, Long Island, NY, has been sold to commercial real estate investors for $8 million, according to Long Island Business News.  Known as East Meadow Commons, the strip mall is on 2.18 acres and is currently occupied by four tenants with parking for 140 vehicles. The property was bought by the Diaz family, commercial real estate investors. The seller of the property was Nassimi Realty.  The property was once a larger center. However, a former tenant, Nassau Financial Credit Union, asked the owner to divide the property. The credit union ..read more
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Levi Strauss & Co. Names Chief Commercial Officer
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by VMSD Staff
13h ago
Levi Strauss & Co. (San Francisco) has hired Gianluca Flore as EVP and Chief Commercial Officer, effective July 29. Reporting to President and CEO Michelle Gass, Flore will be responsible for the commercial operations of the Levi’s® brand across all global channels, including stores, e-commerce and wholesale. Flore brings more than 20 years of international commercial experience in the luxury apparel and lifestyle sector. He joins LS&Co. from Burberry, where he was most recently appointed Chief Commercial Officer in 2021, overseeing five regions and a network of more than 400 stores. F ..read more
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The 2024 Shop! Design Awards Winners
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by Turquil Lambo
19h ago
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Natuzzi Italia Store Debuts in Houston
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by VMSD Staff
4d ago
Natuzzi S.p.A. (Bari, Italy) has opened its latest U.S.-based Natuzzi Italia store, in Houston. Located in that city’s retail-rich Uptown Park, it is the luxury furnishing brand’s 20th Natuzzi Italia locale in the U.S., where it also operates nine Natuzzi Editions stores. “The Natuzzi Italia store in Houston represents an important step forward in serving the Texas community with our distinctive offering,” said Pasquale Junior Natuzzi, Chief and Creative Officer of Natuzzi. “Our store team is now ready to welcome Houston clients and architects and introduce them to our brand philosophy and col ..read more
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Bloomingdale’s Pitches Pop-Up Camps
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by VMSD Staff
4d ago
Bloomingdale’s (New York) has launched Camp Bloomingdale’s, a pop-up space offering swimwear, accessories, beauty, food, beverages and more. The sites also mark the debut of Coleman outdoor gear/equipment at Bloomingdale’s. “Camp carries a positive connotation for many, suggestive of memories of fun and adventure,” said Frank Berman, Bloomingdale’s Executive CMO. “We are excited to bring this nostalgia to life through our latest Carousel activation with a fresh assortment of playful brands for all ages, bright colors and must-have gifts that create the ultimate camp shopping destination.” Camp ..read more
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Full-Time Retail Jobs in High Demand: Study
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by VMSD Staff
4d ago
Employer and job candidate activity remained strong in March, including in the retail sector, according to the iCIMS Insights April 2024 Workforce Report. With slight upticks in applications and openings, slow and steady growth indicates signs of optimism on both sides of the hiring coin. Among the iCIMS report’s specific findings for retail: Full-time jobs in retail are in demand. Applicants-per-opening for those roles spiked to 39, up 50% from a year ago. Part-time jobs in retail are receiving only 20 applications per opening, on average. Job openings in retail remained flat for the second ..read more
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Pollo Campero Opens 100th U.S. Restaurant
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by VMSD Staff
5d ago
Pollo Campero (Dallas), a Guatemalan-born fast-casual restaurant specializing in uniquely flavored chicken, has opened its 100th U.S. restaurant, with plans to add 25 more this year. The latest eatery, at Miami Gardens on NW 183rd St., is also the brand’s third in the Miami area. “Reaching this milestone speaks to our loyal customers who love the brand just as much as our hometown customers in Central America,” said COO and Managing Director Luis Javier Rodas. What began as a small family restaurant in Guatemala over 50 years ago has evolved into a worldwide brand with more than 350 locations ..read more
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Checking Out: Ron Thurston
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by steve kaufman
5d ago
Q: Covid changed the rules about “going to work.” People were suddenly reexamining what was important and gave life meaning. And, it seemed, working at a retail store came to symbolize that lack of meaning. A: Once again, the perception of retail jobs as mere backup plans or last-resort options reared its head. Navigating the Covid years transformed the retail landscape dramatically. For many, it meant facing abrupt closures with nowhere to turn, while others found themselves on the front lines, braving risks to keep the doors open and serve the community amidst unprecedented challenges. Q: An ..read more
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Hitting the Books
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by Janet Groeber
5d ago
NEARLY 25 YEARS SINCE opening its first store in Burlington, Ont., Indigo Books & Music (Toronto) debuted its newest concept late last year. At 16,000 square feet, it’s not Indigo’s largest location, though it is an anchor tenant for a new, seven-story retail, residential and office development at The Well in downtown Toronto. With more than 200 locations nationwide (about 10 in Toronto), Indigo had expanded its sidelines to include skin care, fashion accessories and bedding. A recent cyberattack, which led to declining sales, prompted the retailer to rebalance its product mix to showcase ..read more
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On Our Radar: J.Crew New York
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by VMSD Staff
5d ago
J.CREW (NEW YORK) is known for its clean and refined style, something that is seamlessly integrated into its new 7232-square-foot flagship at North Park Center in Dallas. Designed by New York-based Kenneth Park Architects, the new location includes an unusual twist on traditional retail design with the store’s center housing fitting rooms, providing both convenience for shoppers and easy connection with sales associates; this area is also strategically placed near the cashwrap. Smooth, geometric curves and soft perimeter lighting complement notable features like a bespoke setee for trying on s ..read more
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