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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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La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, debuts multi-million dollar restoration
posted on Nov 24 14

It’s a new day in the desert as La Quinta Resort & Club, the first resort to debut in Palm Springs, adds another gem to its crown: a multi-million dollar milestone restoration befitting of a legendary classic. Shouldered by the rugged Santa Rosa Mountains and a storied Hollywood past, the iconic 1926 landmark steps up with fresh, contemporary look while retaining the glamour and architectural elements that anchor what has always been an authentic experience. Ready for its close up, the resort-wide renovation encompasses upgrades of all guest casitas, starlight villas and suites as well as a re-imagined pool experience. The ambitious project also infuses the resort’s lush 45 acres with a bevy of additional bougainvillea, roses and citrus trees. Read more here 

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Report: Big restaurant chains speed unit growth
posted on Nov 24 14

The 500 largest restaurant chains in the United States are on track to grow 2.3 percent over last year based on the number of units, according to Technomic. Full-service eateries will see the biggest unit growth in Asian concepts, seafood eateries and steakhouses, the report said, while Asian and noodle concepts will lead growth in the limited-service sector. Read the FoodBusinessNews.net story here

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Forever 21 could start thinking smaller
posted on Nov 24 14

Forever 21‘s strategy of growing into spaces three times as big as their older stores has led to difficulty filling all the space productively, sources said. Founder and CEO Don Chang will take a more measured approach to site selection moving forward, a Forever 21 spokeswoman said. Read The Wall Street Journal story here

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Chatham Lodging closes on 52-hotel purchase deal
posted on Nov 24 14

Chatham Lodging Trust has completed a deal to buy a stake in 52 U.S. hotels for $1.1 billion from Inland American. The transaction included Chatham’s direct acquisition of four hotels for $107 million. Chatham’s acquisition brings the company’s minority ownership total to 96 hotels and full ownership total to 34 properties. Read the American City Business Journals/South Florida story here

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Landry’s to pay $10 million for Mitchell’s restaurants
posted on Nov 24 14

Landry’s will buy 18 Mitchell’s Fish Market restaurants and three Cameron’s Steakhouses from Ruth’s Hospitality Group. Ruth’s, which paid $92 million for the eateries in 2008, will focus on building its Ruth’s Chris Steak House concept. Read the Nation’s Restaurant News story here

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