Have You Heard……

Hillcrest Mall in Richmond Hill earned a Silver MAXI Award at the recent ICSC Global Awards in Las Vegas for its #HillcrestGlowUp campaign.  The win was part of the Launch Category for centres over 500,000 square feet.  Matte PR spearheaded the campaign, providing a platform to celebrate the 2018 launch of the new north wing of the mall.  “It’s an honour to see the #HillcrestGlowUp campaign recognized at the ICSC Global Awards. We are so grateful to work with Hillcrest under the leadership of the inspiring Lisa Resnic. This campaign was designed from start to finish to give back, supporting some of the community’s most vulnerable,” says Heidi Ruggier, President, Founder of Matte PR Inc. “The phrase ‘glow up’ represents a transformation, both inside and out. We thought it was the perfect way to describe what was happening at Hillcrest. The centre has bloomed into a shopping destination with a social consciousness built into its DNA.” (Matte PR – 416/515-7667) & (Hillcrest Mall – 905/883-1400)…….

Earlier in the week, Mark Rose, Chair, CEO of Avison Young announced the strategic promotion of Avison Young Principal Martin Dockrill. Effective July 1, Dockrill becomes COO, Global Operations, reporting to the CEO. Dockrill has 24 years of commercial real estate experience, all with Avison Young, having most recently serving as Managing Director of the company's Ontario, Canada region. In his new role, he will oversee company operations and the work of the executive management team in business service departments, including legal, marketing, research, human resources and IT. In addition, he will lead and manage the day-to-day service aspects of the organization, ensuring that the company adheres to its mission and core values and employs strategies to maximize client satisfaction. Working closely with the firm's other operations leaders, he will also attract, recruit and retain future members of the executive team and the next generation of top real estate and support services professionals. (Avison Young – Martin Dockrill – 905/283-2333 martin.dockrill@avisonyoung.com)..........

This week, Winnipeg-based The Boyd Group Inc. announced the addition of two collision repair centers in Louisville in Kentucky. The locations previously operated as Bill Etscorn & Sons Auto & Collision Centers, originating in 1984. The Boyd Group Inc., directly and through subsidiaries, is one of the largest operators of non-franchised collision repair centers in North America in terms of number of locations and sales and is continuously looking to add new collision repair locations to its existing network in Canada and the U.S. (The Boyd Group Inc – 204/594-1776 www.boydgroup.com).......

In operation since 1998, Davidovich Bakery is gearing up for nationwide expansion with the launch of a national franchising program.  Known for its traditionally made, all natural, non-GMO certified, water boiled, plank baked, Kosher and Pas Yisroel bagels, Davidovich is targeting franchisees with previous food service ownership or operating experience and a desire to open single or multiple units. The total initial investment for a franchise is competitive and Davidovich is providing franchisees full-service, in-store training, teaching key components such as management, marketing, and detailed operational training. The typical Davidivich Bagel & Sandwich location is in the 1100 to 2000 square foot range. Currently there are locations in New York city and Boca Raton in Florida. (Davidovich Bakery – 212/391-2870 www.davidovichnyc.com)......

Shares in Hudson’s Bay Co. have shot up after reports of plans by shareholders, including Executive Chairman Richard Baker, to take the company private, according to Canadian Press reports. Currently the retail company is selling the remainder of its German holdings. The shareholder group includes Rhone Capital LLC, WeWork Property Advisors, Hanover Investments (Luxembourg) SA and Abrams Capital Management LP. (Hudson’s Bay Co. – 800/521-2364 www.hbc.com).....