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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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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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Saks expands in NYC with help from tax credits, grants
posted on Oct 21 14

Saks Fifth Avenue will open an 85,000-square-foot department store in Lower Manhattan’s new Brookfield Place office and retail complex. Parent Hudson’s Bay Company also will consolidate its U.S. headquarters into 400,000 square feet of office space at Brookfield Place, and open the city’s first Off 5th outlet nearby at One Liberty Plaza. The retailer will use $12 million in tax credits and grants for the project, which is part of a larger downtown revitalization Read The New York Times story here

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Influx of millennials could help address labor shortage
posted on Oct 20 14

The influx of millennials into the workplace should help address labor shortages in the construction industry. Meanwhile, the exit of baby boomers from the workforce is clearing a path to leadership positions for Generation-Xers. When hiring millennials, it is a good idea to let them rotate through positions or shadow a senior executive for a short time. Read The USGlass News Network story here

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