1 Jan

Burlington Town Center Announces New Stores and New Look

first_imgBurlington, VT Responding to customer feedback and retailer comment, Burlington Town Center is getting a facelift.A combination of market research and anecdotal customer comments made it evident that visitors thought the mall was hidden from view and needed a new look. The unassuming entrance to Burlington Town Center, located on the Church Street Marketplace, effectively disguised the larger-than-expected 300,000 square-foot shopping center within. Many visitors did not enter the malls doors because they did not know that behind them were some of the nations most popular retailers including Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Coldwater Creek, J.Crew, Ann Taylor LOFT and, soon, Macys, which opens Sept. 9.When completed in mid-September, the facelift will feature attractive new graphics and signage, making the center more visible to customers downtown, while still maintaining the classic integrity of the Church Street Marketplace. We recognize that having General Growth Properties as a partner will only help Church Street thrive and make our downtown stronger, said Ron Redmond, executive director of the Church Street Marketplace Weve already worked together to create a joint marketing agreement and will be combining efforts in the near future to make long-term capital improvements. The new exterior color, along with new lighting and banners, will introduce new excitement and vitality to the Marketplace and identify some retailers inside the enclosed shopping center. This project provides a new energy for Downtown Burlington, further enhancing the premier shopping and entertainment destination in the Lake Champlain region, said Dan Latcheran, general manager of Burlington Town Center. Weve listened to our customers feedback in order to provide the most enjoyable shopping experience possible. Interior signage and graphics throughout the mall will be upgraded using colors that will make them more visible and easier to read. The interior upgrades include improvements to the parking garage as well. In addition to the cosmetic upgrades to Burlington Town Center, several new retailers have opened their doors recently; with more to follow soon. J. Jill, a national retailer of sophisticated casual lifestyle apparel, accessories and shoes for women opened its doors in June 2006. Lids and MasterCuts opened in spring 2006. Additional stores will be opening in late fall 2006 including Hollister Co., a surfer-inspired collection of mens and womens fashion for the teens and twenties set, and Select Comfort, creators of the sleep number bed. General Growth Properties is currently in negotiation with even more retailers for 2007 occupancy. Those will be announced as negotiations become final. Burlington Town Center is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, Inc., the second largest U.S.-based publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). General Growth currently has ownership interest and management responsibility for a portfolio of 209 regional shopping malls in 44 states, as well as ownership in planned community developments and commercial office buildings. The company portfolio totals approximately 200 million square feet of retail space and includes over 18,000 retailers nationwide. General Growth Properties, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GGP. For more information, please visit the company Web site at www.generalgrowth.com(link is external).###last_img read more

21 Sep

Liverpool to consider ban response

first_imgLiverpool will review the full reasons behind the Football Association’s 10-match ban for Luis Suarez before deciding whether to appeal against the punishment imposed for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. The club were left “shocked and disappointed” after the striker was hit with the sanction that could see him suspended from domestic football until October. The severity of the ban caught Liverpool by surprise and the club will also have to make a decision over whether to sell the Uruguayan striker. Liverpool’s managing director Ian Ayre, who earlier this week insisted the club were determined to keep Suarez, said in response to the decision: “Both the club and player are shocked and disappointed at the severity of the independent regulatory commission decision. We await the written reasons before making any further comment.” Suarez missed eight matches last season due to his racist abuse ban, and following the punishment imposed by an FA independent regulatory commission now faces the prospect of missing the last four games of this campaign and the first six of next season. Suarez had admitted violent conduct after biting Ivanovic during the 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Sunday but challenged the FA’s contention that he deserved more than a three-match ban. The commission, however, agreed with the FA, which said in statement: “A three-person independent regulatory commission today upheld the FA’s claim that a suspension of three matches was clearly insufficient and the player will serve a further seven first-team matches in addition to the standard three. The suspension begins with immediate effect.” Suarez has until midday on Friday to appeal the additional suspension, above the standard three matches. Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson believes the latest ban leaves the club in a difficult position. Lawrenson told BBC Radio Five: “The thing about Suarez is he is now becoming a constant offender, and Liverpool are going to have to make a decision re Suarez and the future “I think it’s a possibility he will have to leave. They are trying to sell season tickets at the moment and people will be saying ‘hold on a minute, is Suarez going be here, is he going to miss 20% of the season,’ it’s a really tough one for Liverpool.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

16 Sep

Women’s hockey: Nurse looks to form own legacy behind large shadows

first_imgWhen someone comes from a family of successful professional athletes, trying to find time in the spotlight can be difficult. Just ask University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team senior forward and current point-leader, Sarah Nurse.Many people might not know that Sarah Nurse is only one product of a family full of athletes, with Elijah Nurse playing for the Dundas Blues in the Provincial Junior Hockey League and Isaac Nurse playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs.The Nurse family roster also includes cousins Darnell Nurse, a defenseman for the Edmonton Oilers, Kia Nurse, who plays basketball for the University of Connecticut and Tamika Nurse, a former basketball player for the University of Oregon and Bowling Green State University.The Nurse kids didn’t just get their talent out of thin air. Richard Nurse, Sarah Nurse’s uncle, played in the Canadian Football League, and Cathy Nurse, Sarah Nurse’s aunt, played basketball in college. Sarah Nurse’s other aunt, Raquel Nurse, played basketball in college and would go on to marry former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.Sarah Nurse, who was recently selected eighth overall by the Boston Pride in the 2016 National Women’s Hockey League draft, will be the next of her family to join the professional sports world. Following the completion of her senior season with the Badgers, Sarah Nurse will be eligible to join the Pride for the 2017-18 season, or she may choose to enter free agency.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers take on Bemidji State without Pankowski in WCHA conference matchupFor the first time in a month, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team will be skating on their home Read…The formation of the NWHL in 2015 allowed players like Sarah Nurse to continue playing the sport that they loved, while getting paid to do so. This new opportunity opened a new door for Sarah Nurse — one she had not considered in the past.“[The NWHL] is a very cool opportunity,” Sarah Nurse said. “I’ve seen so many players from here, so many of my friends that are playing in that league, and I think that it is just an amazing opportunity. It’s changed the way that I’ve looked at things. It’s still so new, and I am still learning about it, so we’ll see.”The senior Badger is also able to draw upon the experiences that her cousin Darnell Nurse has had since joining the NHL in 2014. While there might be some fundamental differences between the NHL and the NWHL, Sarah Nurse still gets to see a glimpse of what being a professional athlete will be like.Women’s hockey: Pair of Badger forwards travel overseas to compete for Team CanadaWisconsin women’s hockey players Sarah Nurse and Emily Clark saw an opportunity to play in a global hockey tournament — Read…“[Darnell]’s having a great time in the NHL,” Sarah Nurse said. “He gets to see amazing places and gets to play in front of thousands of fans, and he’s really having a great time with that.”Darnell Nurse also knows how lucky he is to have such a talented family of athletes behind him, both to inspire him and to support him as he continues his successful career. Sarah Nurse talked to the Chicago Tribune last November about the benefits that come from being a part of such a driven family.“It’s great to kind of look around and know I have their support but to also be a fan of them,” Sarah Nurse said. “I’ve really been blessed to have not only the support but also have the ability to go out and see the people in my family do what they love too.”The top 10 moments in Wisconsin sports this semester10. Women’s basketball draws big crowd In its annual “Pink Game” to support the fight against breast cancer, 11,428 fans Read…The many hockey players in her family inspire the Badger standout. With two younger brothers who also play hockey and a cousin in the sport as well, there was always someone to look at for inspiration.Sarah Nurse said it is this kind of competition that not only allows for her to improve her game, but also keeps motivating her to do better. It is this family dynamic that helps to bring out the best in all the Nurse children.“We all want to be successful,” Sarah Nurse said. “We all want to be the best possible players that we can be. So if I see my brother doing something awesome, I am so proud of him but I also want to do the same thing.”Don’t think you’ll see all the Nurse children facing off against one another on the ice anytime soon, though. If this family full of accomplished players did finally get together to see who was the best athlete, Sarah Nurse said they would stay far away from the rink, just to make things even.“I think I would have us do something that none of us do because then true athletes come out,” Sarah Nurse said. “I would have us do something like volleyball, something that nobody does, so that we’re all starting with a blank slate”last_img read more