Outfitters drawn to Eddy St.

first_imgUrban Outfitters will open a store in Eddy Street Commons in September after Notre Dame students promoted the location to the popular retailer, according to Gregory Hakanen, director of Asset Management at Notre Dame. “Urban Outfitters is a fantastic retailer,” he said. “It is really terrific for college-age and student audiences so we are thrilled to have them at Eddy Street.” Kite Realty Group, based in Indianapolis, talked with Urban Outfitters for about three years before closing the deal. Former student body president Grant Schmidt and vice president Cynthia Weber made a video pitch during the 2009-10 school year for Urban Outfitters with the help of other student leaders. Kite suggested the video as a “grassroots” effort to bring the retailer to South Bend, Schmidt said. “It was not just the development that wanted [the retailer] but Notre Dame students thought Urban Outfitters would be successful too,” Schmidt said. Schmidt and Weber asked the student body for suggestions on retailers at Eddy Street Commons in an e-mail last fall. “The student involvement was just extraordinary,” Hakanen said. “I have been doing this for a while, and I have never seen anything like it.” The video began with an introduction from Schmidt. “We have been working all year with Eddy Street Commons trying to evaluate what would be successful and what would be appealing to the Notre Dame student body,” he said. “And I can honestly say that an Urban Outfitters would be a huge success.” Schmidt wore a Polo sweater in the video. “The reason I am not wearing Urban Outfitters clothing is because we don’t have one,” he said. The video showed students from around campus explaining why they would shop at Urban Outfitters in Eddy Street Commons. The retailer received overwhelming support, Schmidt said. “Once we got those votes, we thought Urban Outfitters would be extremely successful,” he said. “There were really not that many retail stores that were close to Notre Dame’s campus.” Schmidt said the store will draw shoppers from campus as well as from the local community. “It is one of those trendy stores that I think will be popular with both Notre Dame students and with South Bend,” he said. “I think we saw, as well as Urban Outfitters and Kite saw, that [Eddy Street Commons] would be a location that would attract both of those markets.” The petition and the video were sent to Urban Outfitters along with a packet of information about the local area, Schmidt said. Hakanen said Urban Outfitters should be successful in this area. “Prior to Eddy Street Commons, there was extremely limited retail close to campus,” he said. “There are a number of college-age retailers at University Park Mall but Urban Outfitters was conspicuously absent.” The next phase for the development will expand Eddy Street Commons onto the next block south, but planning has not begun for the new space, Hakanen said. Hakanen said he hoped Urban Outfitters would draw similar retailers to the development. “We have a strong restaurant line-up, and it is important to balance that,” he said. “Urban Outfitters will be a wonderful, wonderful retailer for the area.”last_img read more

Angelien Kemna appointed chief finance, risk officer at APG

first_img“During this period,” said Elco Brinkman, supervisory chairman of APG, “Kemna has considerably increased simplicity and transparency in the investment process, and has combined this with solid returns for our customers.”He added that APG’s assets under management had increased from €200bn to €375bn under Kemna. The €375bn asset manager APG has appointed its current CIO Angelien Kemna as its new chief finance and risk officer, as of 1 September.She will succeed Peter Kok, who has held the position on a temporary basis during the past 10 months.Kemna is to be succeeded by Eduard van Gelderen, currently capital markets CIO at APG and Kemna’s co-director at APG Asset Management.Kemna has been CIO at APG for five years.last_img

Tom Vernon believes Otto Addo is a great prospect for Ghana

first_imgChairman of Danish club FC Nordsjaelland, Tom Vernon has backed Ghanaian coach Otto Addo to succeed at the club.Addo was appointed assistant coach to Kasper Hjulmand earlier this month and is in line with the club’s motive of grooming the next generation of football’s great players and coaches.In an exclusive interview with Joy Sports about his plans for Nordsjaelland, Tom Vernon believes bringing Otto Addo on board is in line with the club’s vision.“He is doing a very good job. He is a good coach and I think he is a great prospect for Ghana football in the future.”Otto Addo’s role would be highly instrumental in helping talented young players at the Superliga club, many of whom would be from Ghana; settle into the team and life in Europe smoothly.Since his retirement, Addo has been working mainly with young players rising to become head scout for the Black Stars. According to Vernon, Nordsjaelland is also expected to name a number of players from the Right to Dream Academy in their first team shortly.Tom Vernon is the founder of the hugely successful Right to Dream Academy in Ghana which has been training young men and recently women for many years.Notable players that were groomed at the academy include Lorient and Black Stars striker, Majeed Warris and Ghana youth international Yaw Yeboah.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more