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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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Hilton plans lifestyle brand with wide market appeal
posted on Oct 17 14

Hilton will unveil today a new lifestyle brand, Canopy by Hilton, which will offer lower-priced rooms and amenities aimed at a larger audience. Among the brand’s offerings are locally sourced products and mobile room check-in. Hilton plans to grow Canopy through franchising deals in large and medium-size cities and hopes to have opened or be building 100 hotels in the next five years. Read The Wall Street Journal story here

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Taubman to go high-tech with new Sarasota, Fla., center
posted on Oct 17 14

The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota, Fla., is set to open with developer Taubman Centers‘ most ambitious slate of tech tools to date, according to this blog post. The center will offer free Wi-Fi throughout, fiber-optic internet technology for high-bandwidth streaming, and 12 touchscreen directories that will be managed remotely from the company’s Michigan headquarters and can display sales and deals at listed stores. Read the American City Business Journals/Tampa, Fla./Morning Edition blog here

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IKEA to spend $1.5B on solar, wind power by next year
posted on Oct 16 14

IKEA may add an internal carbon emissions price, which would give incentives to move investments from fossil fuels, as part of its overall sustainability program. The retailer already has 700,000 solar panels on its stores worldwide, and it will source all of its wood sustainably by 2020. Read the Reuters story here

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New York selected for first Amazon store
posted on Oct 16 14

Amazon plans to open its first brick-and-mortar store in New York City before the holiday season. The storefront will only serve as a place for NYC customers to pick up goods the same day they’re ordered and to make returns, but it may eventually sell Amazon’s branded products such as the Kindle and Fire devices. Read The Washington Post/The Switch blog here

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Trilogy plans largest U.S. spa at Four Seasons resort in Texas
posted on Oct 16 14

Trilogy Spa Holdings is planning to build what it says will be the largest luxury hotel fitness and health club in America. The 175,000-square-foot Well & Being spa and wellness center will be part of the Four Seasons Resort in the Dallas suburb of Las Colinas. The spa will feature fitness coaches, acupuncture, personalized nutrition and other services. Read the Travel Weekly story here

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