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IKEA to roll out smaller pickup stores in Canada
posted on Dec 18 14

IKEA will open as many as 10 smaller-format stores in Canada next year. The new 37,000-square-foot stores will be about a tenth of the size of the cavernous spaces IKEA is known for and will largely act as pickup spots for e-commerce orders, the company said. Read the Business in Vancouver story here

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IHG to enhance boutique portfolio with purchase of Kimpton Hotels
posted on Dec 17 14

InterContinental Hotels Group plans to strengthen its presence in the boutique hotel segment with a deal to purchase Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants for $430 million. IHG is aiming for international growth for Kimpton, which currently operates 62 hotels in the United States and has 16 properties in development. Read the Bloomberg Businessweek story here

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Las Vegas invests in infrastructure for hoped-for $200M stadium
posted on Dec 17 14

Las Vegas officials want to build a $200 million soccer stadium with Findlay Sports & Entertainment and The Cordish Cos. The city has decided to invest $31.5 million in building streets and drainage systems and on environmental soil remediation. However, actual construction will depend on whether Major League Soccer officials give the city a franchise. Read the Las Vegas Review-Journal story here

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Schimenti renovates New York AMC Theater, as shows go on
posted on Dec 16 14

The popcorn still is being popped and moviegoers still are enjoying the big-screen at the AMC Theaters in Levittown, N.Y. – all while Schimenti Construction renovates the 10-theater complex. Started in October, this AMC project, the first for Schimenti, will be completed in January 2015 – 95 calendar days from start to finish. The approximately 80,000-square-foot project includes the renovation of all 10 theaters, concessions, box office, cash room and four restrooms. Divided into three main phases, the work began with the construction of a temporary box office and concession stand, which Schimenti completed in two evenings. Phase 1 encompasses the renovations of theaters 1–6, two of the restrooms and 60 percent of the main corridor. Being done concurrently, Phase 1A involves renovating the concession area, box office and free-style beverage center. Once those phases are completed, Schimenti will move on to Phase 2, the renovation of theaters 7-10, the remaining restrooms and the balance of the main corridor. The project architect is B/R/R Architecture of Merriam, Kan.

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Revel seeks sale to second-highest bidder
posted on Dec 16 14

Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., filed a motion to terminate its agreement with Brookfield Property Partners. Brookfield had secured the winning bid at auction for Revel in October but backed out of the deal last month. Revel will instead seek a sale to the second-highest bidder, Polo North Country Club, owned by Glenn Straub. Read the Reuters story here

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