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GameStop CEO Paul Raines a hit at PRSM Mid-Year Conference
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The Professional Retail Store Maintenance (PRSM) Association Mid-Year Conference concluded yesterday in Dallas with excellent reviews. This event brought over 400 retailers and vendors together to discuss "Building Facility Management Credibility." Held Sept. 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency DFW, the conference featured GameStop CEO J. Paul Raines as the keynote speaker. Raines spoke before a packed room of retailers and suppliers. He told the audience to create a reputation for excellence with new ideas, forward thinking and what can I do better attitude. "If you do this you will gain credibility and there is nothing more important than gaining that reputation." stated Raines. "Leaders will see your department as a 'strategic weapon' versus a cost." More



August retail sales up 0.4 percent, best in 5 months
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Retail sales rose in August by the largest amount in five months, adding to evidence that a late spring economic swoon was temporary and not the start of another recession. Retail sales increased 0.4 percent last month, the Commerce Department said. It was the second straight monthly increase and the biggest gain since March. Excluding a decline in autos, retail sales increased 0.6 percent. That followed two relatively flat months and a sharp drop in May. More

Kohl's unveils 100th rooftop solar installation in May's Landing, NJ
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Kohl's Department Stores announced that the company reached a new milestone in its solar program by activating the solar panels at its 100th solar location in Mays Landing earlier this month. Kohl's has solar installations in six other states, and also announced a plan to expand its solar program into Pennsylvania. Solar is an integral component of the company's energy management efforts and commitment to be carbon neutral by the end of 2010. More

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Toys R Us opening 600 holiday stores in malls, hiring 10,000
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Toys R Us plans to invade the mall this holiday season, opening 600 temporary "Express" stores in malls and other shopping centers around the country, more than six times last year's count, and hiring 10,000 seasonal workers. The move is the latest in Toys R Us' attempt to capture more holiday dollars with tough competition from online retailers and mass merchants such as Walmart and Target. It also fills a gap in shopping malls created when KB Toys, which had been the largest mall-based toy seller, went out of business in 2008. More

Cedar Shopping Centers to purchase shopping center in New Jersey for $26.5 million
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Cedar Shopping Centers, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive purchase contract to purchase the Cross Keys Place shopping center in Sewell, N.J., on behalf of the joint venture between Cedar (20 percent) and RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust of Toronto (80 percent) for approximately $26.5 million, exclusive of closing costs and adjustments. Cross Keys Place, completed in 2007, is a 148,000 square foot retail strip shopping center, 100 percent leased, and anchored by a 42,000-square-foot Sports Authority, a 35,000-square-foot Bed, Bath & Beyond, a 21,000-square-foot AC Moore, a 19,000-square-foot Old Navy and a 16,000-square-foot Petco. More



Pier 1 shows profit for fourth quarter in row
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Shares in Pier 1 Imports soared nearly 17 percent before settling to a still healthy 6.5 percent gain on news that the home-furnishings retailer hit its fourth consecutive quarter of profitability and came in slightly above Wall Street expectations. "The tarnish is nearly removed. We are starting to shine again," Chief Executive Alex Smith told analysts during a conference call, adding: "We know how to keep the momentum going." More

REI to open first Manhattan store
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"REI is delighted to find such a wonderful location to serve our thousands of Manhattan customers who have been shopping with us for years," said Sally Jewell, REI's president and CEO. "Our new store in the Puck Building will provide a resource to serve New Yorkers, visitors and community groups eager to enjoy the great outdoors from bike paths and urban greenways to wild and scenic destinations around the world." The three-level store in the Kushner Companies will employ about 100 people. More



FM Facility Maintenance raises $12 million in growth capital
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FM Facility Maintenance announced today it has raised $12 million in a Series A Preferred Stock offering. The capital investment will be used for strategic acquisitions in the facility maintenance industry. "Despite challenging capital and debt markets, we are pleased that the response from the investment community exceeded our goal of $10 million in new capital," said FM Chairman Jim Barnes. More



Retailers want a treat-filled Halloween
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Metro Detroit retailers hope to shock tight-fisted shoppers into spending big this Halloween with bargain prices on candy and costumes. Sales are expected to be flat or slightly ahead of last year, according to national analysts and local businesses. Candy, a Halloween staple, will hold steady, with home décor expected to decline. More

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7-Eleven customers can pay bills with cash
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Working with PayNearMe, 7-Eleven is offering consumers the chance to pay for ecommerce purchases, telephone orders, loan repayments and load funds into e-wallets — with cash. PayNearMe combines a modified cash load network with a technology platform that allows consumers without credit or debit cards — or those who prefer to pay with cash — to conduct a wide range of remote transactions. More
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