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Howard Clark, director of retail construction and development of City Sports, shows us why the sporting goods retailer still is the “go to” place for today’s urban athletes and active lifestyle enthusiasts. Read the City Sport’s story and much more in our September/October 2014 issue.

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Smokey Bones to open 1st new eateries in nearly a decade
posted on Oct 23 14

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill soon will open its first new location in more than eight years. The new location is scheduled to open in Peabody, Mass., at the North Shore in February 2015. The company, which is back in growth mode, hopes to open two to four restaurants in 2015. Read the Orlando Sentinel story here

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Lower Manhattan hotel pipeline filling up amid strong demand
posted on Oct 23 14

STR reports that 3,292 rooms in 17 hotels are in the pipeline in Lower Manhattan, denoting a 35 percent increase in room count and a 30 percent increase in hotel count year over year. The development boom is a response to increased tourism in the area, which helped raise occupancy by 1.5 percent and demand by 3.2 percent through August. Read The Commercial Observer story here

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Loews Hotels plans high-end hotel collection
posted on Oct 22 14

In January, Loews Hotels & Resorts will debut OE Collection, a lifestyle concept composed of upper-upscale and luxury properties. Loews will assume management of the hotels, which will add the OE Collection to their names as a sub-brand while otherwise retaining their original flags and names. Read the HotelsMag.com story here

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$1.5B mixed-use project is set to rise in Miami
posted on Oct 22 14

A plan for a $1.5 billion mixed-use development to be jointly developed by Miami Worldcenter Associates, Taubman Centers and The Forbes Co., has been unanimously approved by Miami officials. The project, dubbed Miami Worldcenter, which will span several blocks, will include a 1,800-room hotel, a convention center and retail space. Read the Reuters story here

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Best Western unveils 2 new brands
posted on Oct 21 14

Best Western International executives revealed plans for two new brands at the company’s annual convention  in Toronto. The first brand, “Vib,” will fall under the boutique lifestyle segment and will offer amenities such as virtual concierge services, automated check-in and social public spaces to target millennials. The second, the BW Premier Collection, will be a soft brand composed of carefully picked hotels in primary markets. Read the HotelNewsNow.com story here

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