Biz Buzz Blog: Belk anniversary & Express at Mall

By NEMS Daily Journal

Here are post from Biz Buzz Blog today …

Belk Invites Customers to 125th Anniversary

May 29 marks 125th anniversary of Belk. The folks there invite the community to come and celebrate this landmark year for the nation’s largest family owned and operated department store company founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C.

Where: Belk of Tupelo, Barnes Crossing Mall
1001 Barnes Crossing, Tupelo, MS 38804, 662-609-6334 ext 201

What:Celebration “Open House” Event
– 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. VIP and Media Breakfast in store
– Introduction of Festivities by Store Manager
– Community Impact comments from Mayor or CDF Ambassador
– Miss Tupelo comments and autographs
– Music Celebration
– Gift Cards to first 100 customers

When: Wednesday, May 29, 2012 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

“Our 125th anniversary is an opportunity for us to say a big thank you to everyone who has made Belk successful over the past 125 years,” said Tim Belk, chairman and CEO, Belk, Inc. “Thank you to our associates, our customers, our communities and our vendor partners. We look forward to the next 125 years with pride, excitement and anticipation as the best is yet to come.”

So, what happened to Express at the mall?

It’s mid-May, and there’s no sign of Express, which originally had been set to open this month.

It was slated to go in the former New York & Co. space at The Mall at Barnes Crossing, but there’s still no sign of Express.

Jeff Snyder, the general manager at the mall, said talks are ongoing for Express, as well as two other tenants (which he did not identify.)

Two new retailers, Chico’s and Francesca’s Collection, opened this spring (along with Krispy Chicken in the food court), and Snyder said mall officials wanted to make sure those projects were successfully completed before jumping deeper into negotiations with Express and the two other retailers.

So, there ya go. You know what we know. And as soon as we hear anything, we’ll pass it along.

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