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DICK’S SPORTING GOODS TO JOIN SOUTHPARK MALL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Aleisha Chiesa   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:04

More Top-Quality Retail Will Bring New Energy To Moline

MOLINE, Ill ― September 30, 2014 ― The evolution of SouthPark Mall continues as today the center announces DICK’S Sporting Goods.

DICK’S Sporting Goods, the leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will bring an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories to serve the athletes and outdoor enthusiasts of the Moline community.  The store is expected to open in June 2015.

“Through exciting new retail and amenities, we are always working to perfect the overall experience for our local community,” said Kathy Jurgens, Property Manager for SouthPark Mall. “We are committed to bringing in the best brands and DICK’S Sporting Goods, the leading sporting goods provider, fits with our ongoing strategy for the future of the center.”

As the redevelopment at SouthPark continues, thirteen national retailers have reinvested new prototypes into the center, including Journeys, Shoe Dept. Encore and Bath & Body Works, to name a few. Improvements to the interior and exterior aesthetics are making the mall a completely new shopping experience. The new lighting, brighter colors and soft seating amenities are transforming the center and the newly designed Kids Play Area will be unveiled just in time for the holiday season.

SouthPark’s official unveiling of the new shopping experience is set for November 13th at 10a with officials from the City of Moline, the Chamber and a special guest, Santa will attend. “Rediscover SouthPark” festivities will include a ceremonial ribbon cutting, a family concert, and entertainment throughout the holiday season that includes Santa’s arrival and fun, family- focused entertainment that includes Snacks with Santa and the always popular, Pet Night with Santa. More details to come throughout the season.

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust or REIT, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 57 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 53 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country's most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in California, Arizona, Chicago and the Greater New York Metro area. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company's website at www.macerich.com.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

Founded in 1948, DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of August 2, 2014, the Company operated more than 570 DICK'S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream and True Runner specialty stores. For more information, visit the Press Room at www.DICKS.com.



 

 

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The 5 C’s for Building a Successful Business PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:09
By MARSHA FRIEDMAN

Small businesses have made a huge recovery since the economic crash in 2008 and that’s good news for all of us. Since we account for 63 percent of new jobs, our success puts people back to work. That, in turn, helps us even more – people with paychecks buy stuff!

And here’s more good news: The number of new businesses launching has grown each year since hitting a low in 2009.  One report put it at 540,000 new businesses a month this year.

In hopes of contributing in my own small way, I thought I’d share my 5 C’s for building a business. These are the guiding principles I’ve learned in the 24 years since I founded EMSI Public Relations. Through the ups and downs and all the mistakes, I’ve found that if I keep my compass set on the 5 C’s, we always make it through to smoother waters.

What are the C’s?

•  Caring
It starts with caring enough about yourself and your dreams to stay committed to achieving your goals. (Giving up is never a good option!) You have to care enough about yourself to firmly believe that you deserve success and the good things that come with it.

Just as important is caring about your staff and creating a positive work environment for them. Protect their sanity from the clients who want to chew them up and from new hires who don’t fit in and hurt morale. Be supportive when stressful situations arise in their lives outside of work. And ensure everyone has the knowledge and tools they need to be successful.

None of us gets far at all if we don’t care about our customers. Give them the best exchange possible for their money; define expectations so that they understand the end product you are delivering and for which they are paying. Be willing to listen to their concerns, take responsibility for mistakes, and correct them.

•  Courage
Thirty years ago, I probably would never have said it takes courage to lead a small business, but without it, I assure you, you’ll fail. There are dragons and quicksand and dark woods all around. You’ll find them in the day-to-day problems, the obstacles you didn’t see lying in wait, the risks you must take, and the stresses involved with honoring your obligations to everyone working with and for you.

Trust me, your courage will grow every time you push your fear behind you and deal with what frightens you. Which will also help you build confidence.

•  Confidence
Think of the many challenges you’ve faced in your life, and the many times you’ve overcome them. Bring that confidence to your business. Believing that you can reach for and achieve your short- and long-term goals is essential to getting you there.

•  Competence
Competence comes from knowledge and experience. Hone it by staying up on the trends and disruptions in your industry. One of the most important roles a CEO plays is as the visionary for his or her company. That means you can’t, and shouldn’t, take on jobs within your company for which you’re not qualified. You’ll make yourself miserable and your business will suffer. Hire an accountant to handle the financials. Get marketing help if that’s not your thing.

As for employees, take the time to hire competent people who you’ll trust in their jobs – and then trust them!

•  Commitment
Stay dedicated to your goals no matter how difficult that becomes. That may mean taking painful measures, as it did for me after the 9/11 terrorist attacks put the brakes on the economy. There came a point for my business when all hope looked lost. I had to make drastic cuts, including letting go beloved employees. For more than a year, I ramped up marketing efforts, diversified our services, and took other steps to get the business out of the red. In 2005, I succeeded – and it has been upward and onward ever since.

Building my business has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. I get a lot of pleasure from helping our clients meet their goals. I enjoy coming to work and spending time with the team I’m blessed to call part of the family. We laugh loudly and often!

If you’ve recently launched a new business, know that you’ll encounter challenges. Don’t panic! Remember the 5 C’s and forge ahead with caring, courage, confidence, competence and commitment.

About Marsha Friedman

Marsha Friedman is a public relations expert with 25 years’ experience developing publicity strategies for celebrities, corporations and media newcomers alike. Using the proprietary system she created as founder and CEO of EMSI Public Relations, (www.emsincorporated.com), an award-winning national agency, she secures thousands of top-tier media placements annually for her clients. The former senior vice president for marketing at the American Economic Council, Marsha is a sought-after advisor on PR issues and strategies. She shares her knowledge in her Amazon best-selling book, Celebritize Yourself, and as a popular speaker at organizations around the country.

 
Shoe Dept. Encore is now open at both SouthPark & NorthPark Malls! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Aleisha Chiesa   
Monday, 29 September 2014 13:52

WHO: Shoe Dept. Encore is a new concept for the Quad Cities, but they have been in business for over 50 years. Shoe Dept. Encore is run by its parent company, Shoe Show, Inc. which was founded in 1960 in Kannapolis, NC. Shoe Show, Inc. centers their success on providing great products, customer service and value.

WHAT: Shoe Dept. Encore at NorthPark is near Dillard’s and next to Victoria’s Secret at SouthPark. Shoe Dept. Encore has thousands of shoes for kids, women and men with a fun relaxation station in the men’s section. Booties are the trend for fall and Shoe Dept. Encore’s fall boot sale is right on point.

For more information on great sales and events, visit www.north-park-mall-ia.com or www.shopsouthparkmall-il.com or follow us on Twitter @NorthParkMallIA or @SouthParkMallIL and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NorthParkMallIA or www.facebook.com/SouthParkMallIL

WHERE: Shoe Dept. Encore - NorthPark Mall across from LensCrafters and near Dillard’s and Shoe Dept. Encore – SouthPark Mall next to Victoria’s Secret and near Von Maur

 
L & D 15 Opening Up in Downtown Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by T. Brecht   
Monday, 29 September 2014 11:22

Since moving from Brooklyn to Davenport a little more than a year, David Balluff and Lopeti Etu have searched long and hard to find the perfect space for their eclectic hand-made clothing and hat (and other stuff) store.

A brief residency in cramped quarters at Bucktown came to an end awhile ago, and the pair have been busy fulfilling mail order requests in their apartment since. But they finally found what they were looking for in The Market building on W. 2nd Street.

"It's a great location for us, with gigantic windows and close to the Farmers' Market, the Figge, the bike trail and other things going on down here," said Balluff, who manufactures organic cotton and bamboo silkscreen shirts, dresses, sarongs, onsies, tank tops and other fine products under the name General Assembly.

His partner, Lopeti Etu, creates hand-blocked hats of all sorts, under the brand Lopeti Etu Millinery.

Both of their complete lines of products, as well as those of other local and far-flung original designers, will be housed at the new L&D 15 limited edition clothing, accessories and housewares shop.

Balluff said the fact the building was known as the New York Hat Company in the 1910s, made it seem like the perfect home for he and Lopeti's vision.

"We're bringing back not only hat manufacturing, but we were recently in New York ourselves," he said.

Etu and Balluff plan to reach out to artists and designers both locally and internationally, including open calls for artists/makers and other creatives to present new products. That will happen closer to the studio’s opening.

“We’re trying to build something that gives back to the community,” Balluff said. "Our target market isn't young or old, rich or poor. It's people who appreciate things made by hand."

He calls this "retail 2.0" - meaning L&D 15 won't be just a place to shop, but a living workshop and community gathering space.

Part of their interior work that includes renovating floors and painting. They are using lumber from Davenport Public Works’ urban wood utilization program. They plan to open sometime in November.

 
Federal Home Loan Banks of Des Moines and Seattle Enter Into Merger Agreement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Angie Richards   
Friday, 26 September 2014 08:48
DES MOINES, Iowa and SEATTLE, Sept. 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines ("FHLB Des Moines") and the
Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle ("FHLB Seattle") announced today that
they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge the two Banks.
Material details of the merger agreement are included in the Banks'
related Form 8-K filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The merger agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of
directors of both Banks. The closing of the merger is subject to
certain closing conditions, including approval by the Federal Housing
Finance Agency (FHFA) and ratification by the member-owners of the Des
Moines and Seattle Banks.

"The boards of directors of both institutions believe that a merger
between FHLB Des Moines and FHLB Seattle would combine two
complementary organizations with similar cultures, membership
characteristics and solid financial positions," said FHLB Des Moines
President and Chief Executive Officer Dick Swanson. "The combined Bank
would remain a member-owned and member-centric cooperative, deeply
focused on helping its members strengthen their institutions to better
serve their customers and communities."

Nearly 1,500 member financial institutions would benefit from a
combined Bank with increased economies of scale, greater risk
diversification and an enhanced suite of products and services. The
combined institution would serve 13 states and the U.S. Pacific
territories.

"We believe that this merger of Federal Home Loan Banks will result in
a cooperative that will be stronger than either the Seattle or Des
Moines cooperative on an individual basis," commented FHLB Seattle
President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Wilson. "While the combined
Bank will be headquartered in Des Moines, it will be committed to
serving its members and their communities across the new combined
district, with at least one member director from each state on the
board of directors and an ongoing customer-service presence in the
Northwest."

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Dick Swanson and Mike Wilson
would be co-executive leaders, serving as chief executive officer and
president, respectively.

The two Banks are part of the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) System.
Created by Congress in 1932, the FHLBanks are a strong and reliable
source of funds for local lenders to finance housing, community
development, jobs and economic growth. There are 12 Federal Home Loan
Banks, each of which is a cooperative owned by member financial
institutions. FHLBank membership includes approximately 7,500 financial
institutions with representation from every U.S. state and territory,
including commercial banks, credit unions, thrifts, insurance companies
and community development financial institutions.

The next step in the process is for the Banks to submit a merger
application to the FHFA. Following regulatory approval of the merger
agreement, FHLB Des Moines and FHLB Seattle members will receive
detailed information about the potential merger. The potential merger
must be approved by the members of both Banks through a voting process
that is expected to take place in the first half of 2015.

Sandler O'Neill served as financial advisor and Morrison & Foerster LLP
served as legal counsel to FHLB Des Moines. Citigroup Global Markets
Inc. served as financial advisor and Perkins Coie LLP served as legal
counsel to FHLB Seattle.

About FHLB Des Moines

Headquartered in Des Moines, FHLB Des Moines is a source of funding for
more than 1,170 members in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and
South Dakota. As of June 30, 2014, FHLB Des Moines had $82.2 billion in
assets. For additional information about FHLB Des Moines, please visit
www.fhlbdm.com.

About FHLB Seattle

FHLB Seattle is headquartered in Seattle and provides low-cost long-
and short-term funding to more than 320 members in Alaska, Hawaii,
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, the U.S.
territories of American Samoa and Guam and the Commonwealth of the
Northern Mariana Islands. FHLB Seattle had $36.5 billion in assets as
of June 30, 2014. For additional information about FHLB Seattle, please
visit www.fhlbseattle.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995,
including those with regard to activities relating to and anticipated
benefits of a potential merger between the Federal Home Loan Bank of
Des Moines and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle. These statements
may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as
"believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plan,"
"could," "should," "would," "may," and "will," or their negatives, or
other variations on these terms. Forward-looking statements are subject
to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, some of which may be
material. Actual actions, transactions, and performance, including
those relating to the ability of the Banks to obtain FHFA and member
approvals relating to the merger may differ materially from that
expected or implied in forward-looking statements because of many
factors. Such factors may include, but are not limited to, the ability
of the parties to obtain the required approvals relating to the merger
(including from the FHFA and the Banks' members), and to complete the
merger, the ability of the parties tocomplete a transaction pursuant to
the terms of the merger agreement, the ability to realize the expected
benefits and efficiencies of a merger, potential costs, liabilities and
delays relating to the merger,general economic and financial market
conditions, and other internal and external factors that may affect the
ability to complete or the reasons for a merger. Additional factors are
discussed in the Banks' most recent annual reports on Form 10-K,
subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other filings made with
the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Banks do not undertake to
update any forward-looking statements made in this announcement.

Members of both Banks will be provided with a Disclosure Statement in
connection with the anticipated member vote on the ratification of the
merger agreement. Members of both Banks are urged to read the
Disclosure Statement carefully when it becomes available.DES MOINES, Iowa and SEATTLE, Sept. 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines ("FHLB Des Moines") and the
Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle ("FHLB Seattle") announced today that
they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge the two Banks.
Material details of the merger agreement are included in the Banks'
related Form 8-K filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The merger agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of
directors of both Banks. The closing of the merger is subject to
certain closing conditions, including approval by the Federal Housing
Finance Agency (FHFA) and ratification by the member-owners of the Des
Moines and Seattle Banks.

"The boards of directors of both institutions believe that a merger
between FHLB Des Moines and FHLB Seattle would combine two
complementary organizations with similar cultures, membership
characteristics and solid financial positions," said FHLB Des Moines
President and Chief Executive Officer Dick Swanson. "The combined Bank
would remain a member-owned and member-centric cooperative, deeply
focused on helping its members strengthen their institutions to better
serve their customers and communities."

Nearly 1,500 member financial institutions would benefit from a
combined Bank with increased economies of scale, greater risk
diversification and an enhanced suite of products and services. The
combined institution would serve 13 states and the U.S. Pacific
territories.

"We believe that this merger of Federal Home Loan Banks will result in
a cooperative that will be stronger than either the Seattle or Des
Moines cooperative on an individual basis," commented FHLB Seattle
President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Wilson. "While the combined
Bank will be headquartered in Des Moines, it will be committed to
serving its members and their communities across the new combined
district, with at least one member director from each state on the
board of directors and an ongoing customer-service presence in the
Northwest."

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Dick Swanson and Mike Wilson
would be co-executive leaders, serving as chief executive officer and
president, respectively.

The two Banks are part of the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) System.
Created by Congress in 1932, the FHLBanks are a strong and reliable
source of funds for local lenders to finance housing, community
development, jobs and economic growth. There are 12 Federal Home Loan
Banks, each of which is a cooperative owned by member financial
institutions. FHLBank membership includes approximately 7,500 financial
institutions with representation from every U.S. state and territory,
including commercial banks, credit unions, thrifts, insurance companies
and community development financial institutions.

The next step in the process is for the Banks to submit a merger
application to the FHFA. Following regulatory approval of the merger
agreement, FHLB Des Moines and FHLB Seattle members will receive
detailed information about the potential merger. The potential merger
must be approved by the members of both Banks through a voting process
that is expected to take place in the first half of 2015.

Sandler O'Neill served as financial advisor and Morrison & Foerster LLP
served as legal counsel to FHLB Des Moines. Citigroup Global Markets
Inc. served as financial advisor and Perkins Coie LLP served as legal
counsel to FHLB Seattle.

About FHLB Des Moines

Headquartered in Des Moines, FHLB Des Moines is a source of funding for
more than 1,170 members in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and
South Dakota. As of June 30, 2014, FHLB Des Moines had $82.2 billion in
assets. For additional information about FHLB Des Moines, please visit
www.fhlbdm.com.

About FHLB Seattle

FHLB Seattle is headquartered in Seattle and provides low-cost long-
and short-term funding to more than 320 members in Alaska, Hawaii,
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, the U.S.
territories of American Samoa and Guam and the Commonwealth of the
Northern Mariana Islands. FHLB Seattle had $36.5 billion in assets as
of June 30, 2014. For additional information about FHLB Seattle, please
visit www.fhlbseattle.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995,
including those with regard to activities relating to and anticipated
benefits of a potential merger between the Federal Home Loan Bank of
Des Moines and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle. These statements
may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as
"believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plan,"
"could," "should," "would," "may," and "will," or their negatives, or
other variations on these terms. Forward-looking statements are subject
to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, some of which may be
material. Actual actions, transactions, and performance, including
those relating to the ability of the Banks to obtain FHFA and member
approvals relating to the merger may differ materially from that
expected or implied in forward-looking statements because of many
factors. Such factors may include, but are not limited to, the ability
of the parties to obtain the required approvals relating to the merger
(including from the FHFA and the Banks' members), and to complete the
merger, the ability of the parties tocomplete a transaction pursuant to
the terms of the merger agreement, the ability to realize the expected
benefits and efficiencies of a merger, potential costs, liabilities and
delays relating to the merger,general economic and financial market
conditions, and other internal and external factors that may affect the
ability to complete or the reasons for a merger. Additional factors are
discussed in the Banks' most recent annual reports on Form 10-K,
subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other filings made with
the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Banks do not undertake to
update any forward-looking statements made in this announcement.

Members of both Banks will be provided with a Disclosure Statement in
connection with the anticipated member vote on the ratification of the
merger agreement. Members of both Banks are urged to read the
Disclosure Statement carefully when it becomes available.

 
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