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October 3, 2012

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Two PLAYTIME Play Areas Recognized for "Outstanding Marketing" at the ICSC 2012 Maxi Awards
East Towne Mall and Hamilton Place, both CBL properties, took first place and runner-up awards. Both centers included a sponsored play area made by Playtime. "Playtime was honored to be a part of the recognition received this year," says David O'Niones, PLAYTIME VP. (More)
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  • Retail CFOs say showrooming is under control
    A great majority, 88%, of retail finance chiefs surveyed by BDO USA say they are no longer so worried about the so-called practice of showrooming due to the strategies they have implemented to mitigate this consumer behavior. Rather, they are more worried about the presidential election and the impact it might have on consumer confidence. Reuters (10/2) Email this Story
  • Macy's to boost holiday hiring to 80,000
    Macy's will hire about 80,000 seasonal staffers for its namesake and Bloomingdale's stores and to staff call centers and online retail fulfillment centers, the company said Monday. Hiring will be up about 2% compared to last year; the company employs about 175,000 permanent staffers. USA TODAY/The Associated Press (10/1) Email this Story
  • J.C. Penney chief sees better days ahead
    Customers will begin embracing the reinvented brand and its 100 shops-within-a-store concept by the time J.C. Penney's radical transformation hits the one-year mark on Feb. 1, CEO Ron Johnson said at a fashion industry luncheon on Tuesday. "Market share will come broadly as people shop," he said. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (10/2), The Wall Street Journal (10/2) Email this Story
  • Penney's overhaul proves a boon to vendors: The jury may still be out on whether J.C. Penney's revamp under CEO Ron Johnson will pay off for the department store, but it's already proved a boon for some suppliers. Fixtures maker Leggett & Platt, which was hired to furnish the new in-store boutiques, says orders from Penney's have revitalized the business. The Wall Street Journal (9/30) Email this Story
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    Based on papers presented at recent ICSC Law Conferences, The Business of Shopping Center Law includes commentary from seasoned industry experts and examines some of the most important legal issues facing today's professional. Topics covered include Operating Expenses, Property Acquisition, Capital Infusion, Lease Financing, Construction and Development, Green Leases, Exit Strategies and more. Buy it now in the ICSC bookstore. Email this Story
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