Shopping Centers Today International

NOV 2015

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10 S C T / N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 5 NEW IDEAS Ethics and sustainability are key differentiators for retailers seeking to offer customers a special experience. More altru- istic concepts are launching each day. Check out these in- novative concepts from around the globe: Portland, Ore.–based sustainable convenience food store Green Zebra Grocery is growing throughout the Pacific Northwest. The company pur- chases sustainably raised, local and organic products from more than 60 Pacific Northwest growers, ranchers, fisheries and grocery vendors. Solar-powered products are a hit with Indian consumers, spawning a host of chains eager to profit. Bangalore-based solar equipment maker Anu Solar is one. It is opening 2,000 franchised stores throughout India. In Rixton, U.K., the Hollins Green Community Shop is a nonprofit conve- nience store run by four paid staffers and 30 volunteers. The store offers free beverages for seniors, a book exchange and child care. Starwood launches mallwide rewards Starwood Retail Partners, a Chicago-based asset management company, has created a mallwide loyalty program called Oh, So Simple Rewards. The program, which rolled out in October at Starwood's Chicago Ridge (Ill.) Mall, enables shoppers to earn credit for purchases at stores across an entire shopping center. The firm will expand Oh, So Simple to three additional markets this year and to all 29 Starwood-managed properties next year. Shoppers can sign up for Oh, So Simple at Chicago Ridge Mall kiosks or at the website. The one-step process links a credit or debit card to a program account. Members may connect as many of their cards to the account as they wish, and they will then automatically earn credits and rewards. When the spending reaches $250 at Chicago Ridge Mall stores, that earns a $10 credit connected to the registered cards. The earned cash value may be used at any retailer of choice. T H E C O M M O N A R E A "We've started renegotiating rents for shops in weak spots such as Hong Kong and Macau, but landlords aren't being very receptive." — Carlo Mazzi, chairman, Prada Group ICSC Europe Advisory Board taps Atrium's Josip Kardun ICSC has named Josip Kardun, CEO of Atrium European Real Estate Ltd., its Eu- ropean Advisory Board chairman. Kardun succeeds Alexander Otto, chief executive of ECE, who has been chairman since 2012. Kardun has served on the Ad- visory Board since 2008 and became vice chairman in January. He has also served on the Executive Committee since 2011 and was chairman of the ICSC European Next Generation Advisory Group from 2008 to 2013. He joined Atrium in February 2014 from ECE, where he worked for seven years in various senior positions, including chief investment officer and head of the mergers-and-acquisitions group. Before ECE, Kardun was at Sierra Management Germany GmbH, which is part of Portu- gal-based Sonae Sierra. Atrium develops and owns mainly hyper- market- and supermarket-anchored shop- ping centers in central and Eastern Europe. t is particularly active in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Russia. "Our members will definitely benefit from his expertise," Otto said, "and I trust him to achieve the best for our industry." O T T O ( L E F T ) A N D

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