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October 31, 2012

  Top Story 
  • Retailers welcome back consumers after Sandy
    Consumers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic started venturing out to stores and restaurants again on Tuesday as Superstorm Sandy's dangers subsided -- and storm-related items were in high demand. Retailers including Sears and Ace Hardware are sending trucks and trailers packed with generators, sump pumps, flashlights, vacuums and other supplies to their eastern locations. USA Today (10/30), Chicago Tribune/Reuters (tiered subscription model) (10/29) Email this Story
Whole Foods Boulder Creates Giant Fruit-and-Vegetable Play Area to Teach Kids Good Nutrition "We pack up the kids, come for lunch, play and shop at least once a week. It's great. I wish all the Whole Foods had outdoor play areas," says one mom. Whole Foods emphasizes healthy choices for families and this PLAYTIME outdoor playground supports that mission. (More)
  Industry Tracker 
  • Grocery-anchored retail portfolio trades for $175M
    An affiliate of Merlone Geier Properties has acquired a retail portfolio for $175 million. The seller was Briar Development, and the Northwest-based portfolio includes 15 sites leased to regional grocery chains Haggen Foods and Top Foods. CoStar Group (10/30) Email this Story
  • Eaton Center to open Easter Sunday
    Toronto's Eaton Center will be open on Easter Sunday, a decision it made after extensive research. "Given the multicultural nature of the city of Toronto, many view the current religious holidays as secular," said Meredith Vlitas, senior marketing director of the center. The Toronto Star (10/30) Email this Story
  Retail News 
  • 5 holiday shopping predictions to pay attention to
    Consumers are expected to start holiday shopping earlier this year, thanks in part to expanded layaway programs from retailers looking to capture more of the $586 billion in consumer spending. Americans are expected to spend 4.1% more on the holidays this year, according to an NRF survey. "In spite of the uncertainties that exist in our economy and among consumers, we believe we’ll see solid holiday sales growth this year,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (10/27) Email this Story
  Finance & Economics 
  • Sandy reportedly forces CMBS pricing delay
    Hurricane Sandy has prompted Wall Street dealers to delay pricings on almost $3 billion of commercial mortgage bonds, sources said. “This will be a minor interruption” for CMBS deals, said Christopher Sullivan of the United Nations Federal Credit Union in New York. “There’s nothing that should affect investor sentiment.” The Wall Street Journal/Developments blog (10/29) Email this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • The keys to organizing a productive meeting
    Meetings tend to be unpopular, but, when run properly, they are a key part of business life, writes John Jantsch. Effective meetings should have a limited number of attendees and stick to a clear schedule, according to Al Pittampalli, author of "Read This Before Our Next Meeting." It's also important to remember that meetings are not the same as brainstorming sessions. Duct Tape Marketing (10/24) Email this Story
One need not be a chamber to be haunted, one need not be a house; the brain has corridors surpassing material place."
--Emily Dickinson,
American poet

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