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December 22, 2011
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A new year’s resolution for shopping center owners: Get those property taxes right!

Most shopping center owners are being over-taxed and do not even know it. Or they do not realize it until they get their tax bill. The problem is in the way taxes are figured by local assessors — a methodology that was only adequate, at best, during good times, but which has become a severe…

December 13, 2011
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DDR launches mobile-marketing technology

DDR Corp. says it will launch a location-based, mobile-marketing platform called ValuText, which will send shoppers text messages about deals and promotions at various retailers while they shop. The opt-in program, to be set up at 27 DDR shopping centers, will allow sign-up online or by text. The technology lets retailers send text messages to…

December 12, 2011
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The Peterson Companies Launches Blog and Expands Social Media Presence

Fairfax, Va., December 5, 2011 - The Peterson Companies, one of the largest privately owned development companies in the Washington DC region, announced today that it has launched a blog, as part of its redesigned website ( in an effort to engage with key constituencies including partners, tenants, investors, consumers and employees.  The blog is…

December 7, 2011
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Dollar stores gain ground in U.S.

The U.S. is now home to more dollar stores than drugstores, according to a study by Colliers International. The brokerage firm says that as of mid-year 2011, the combined store count of the country’s four major dollar store chains – Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and 99 Cents Only – has surpassed that of…