Landlords, Retailers Rush to Help Sandy Victims Business Wire NEW YORK -- November 14, 2012 Leaders of the shopping center and retail industries continue to open up their hearts and their doors to provide cash, space, supplies, and volunteers to the ongoing relief effort aiding victims of Hurricane Sandy. “We are very proud of the retail real estate industry and the work it does to support our local communities; especially in times of need,” said Michael P. Kercheval, president and CEO of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). The following examples are just some of the actions being taken by the industry and were compiled by the staff of Shopping Centers Today (SCT), the news magazine of ICSC. *Westfield is making a cash donation in excess of $150,000 that will go directly to relief efforts in affected areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut where it operates, said spokeswoman Katy Dickey. Meanwhile, Westfield's centers there are serving as community resources and gathering places for additional aid. "Since the hurricane and last week's storm, our centers have maintained power, marshaled personnel and remained open, serving as staging areas for utilities and relief efforts and providing a safe, warm place for residents to shelter, eat, obtain needed goods and services and use charging stations for their electronic devices," she said. One major aid station was set up in the west lot of Westfield Garden State Plaza in the Sandy's immediate aftermath to dispense water and dry ice to residents without power. *CBL & Associates Properties has set up Red Cross modules on its individual property websites seeking donations to the American Red Cross, reading "Help those affected by the storm: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation." The REIT set up temporary charging stations at Stroud Mall in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Harford Mall in Bel Air, Maryland, and York Galleria Mall in York, Pennsylvania, for power-less residents to charge cell phones, laptops and other devices, said Barb Faucette, CBL's vice president of corporate mall marketing. CBL is also working with volunteer agencies to establish donation stations at malls for necessities to help victims, plus it will be donating fountain coins collected at centers to the Red Cross through year-end. Stroud Mall also had a t-shirt sale aiding victims, Faucette said. *Jones Lang LaSalle, which manages dozens of properties affected by Sandy, is helping coordinate relief efforts through the American Red Cross at nearly 60 of the centers on the East Coast, said Brooke Houghton, Jones Lang LaSalle’s vice president of public relations. "Because of the significant damage wrought by the hurricane, our corporate office will match all employee donations for the relief efforts up to $250," she said. Jones Land LaSalle is also promoting the Red Cross’ “text to donate $10” initiative on property websites and via e-blasts, plus is utilizing social media to encourage center customers to donate to the relief effort, Houghton said. *Walmart has pledged $1.5 million to render aid to hardest hit areas. Lowe's Home Improvement is donating $1 million, plus is matching the earnings of NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson from Sunday's race in Fort Worth for donations. *Simon Property Group is making a plea to shoppers as well. "All of our centers are encouraging shoppers to text their donations to the American Red Cross to help with the recovery," said spokesman Les Morris. "We are also placing signage in all of our properties." General Growth Properties is doing much the same at its centers and mall websites, said spokesman David Keating. *Walgreens donated $250,000 to relief organizations while CVS and Rite Aid donated $100,000. Food Lion has set up donations stations in stores, while Ross Stores donated $250,000 to the Red Cross. Dunkin' Brands announced a $100,000 Red Cross donation. Office Depot donated 25,000 kid-friendly sack packs and $30,000 to aid children, families and pets in areas affected by the storm. For the complete SCT story, please visit http://www.icsc.org/apps/news_item.php?id=2949. Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 55,000 members in over 90 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world. For more information, visit www.icsc.org. Contact: International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Jesse Tron, +1-646-728-3814 firstname.lastname@example.org
Landlords, Retailers Rush to Help Sandy Victims
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