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MGM Reopens Casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, at 25 Percent Capacity

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. — MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has reopened its casino in the western Massachusetts city of Springfield at 25 percent of its original capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of July 13, there were 112,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state of Massachusetts and 8,330 deaths. At this time, the resort’s 240-room hotel and spa remain closed, limiting the amenity options for guests to the 125,000-square-foot casino and three of the property’s food and …

Colliers International Acquires New Jersey-Based Engineering Firm Maser Consulting

RED BANK, N.J. — Colliers International has completed its acquisition of Maser Consulting, a design and engineering firm based in Red Bank, New Jersey. Maser’s senior leadership team will continue to drive operations and will retain a significant equity stake in the business going forward. The operations will be rebranded as Colliers Engineering Services in the first half of 2021. Maser employs more than 1,000 people across 34 offices in 12

Sur La Table Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Plans to Close 56 Stores

SEATTLE — Privately held kitchenware retailer Sur La Table has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Seattle-based company is set to close 56 of its 121 stores, according to reports by The New York Times, making it the latest retailer to struggle under strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Following store closures and bankruptcy proceedings, Sur La Table has entered into a stalking horse agreement — or an initial bid on the assets of a bankrupt company — to affiliates of …

Bed Bath & Beyond to Close 200 Stores Over Next Two Years Following 49 Percent Decline in Sales Due to Pandemic

UNION, N.J. — Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ: BBBY) plans to close 200 stores over the next two years. The Union-based company made the announcement during its earnings statement for its fiscal first quarter, which runs from March through May. The report shows sales plummeted in the quarter due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shutdowns affecting non-essential retailers. For the three-month period, net sales were approximately $1.3 billion, a 49 percent year-over-year …

Armada Hoffler, WeWork Agree to Terminate 69,000 SF Office Lease in Baltimore

BALTIMORE — Armada Hoffler Properties and WeWork have mutually agreed to terminate WeWork’s 69,000-square-foot office lease at Wills Wharf in Baltimore’s Harbor Point neighborhood. The New York City-based coworking company was slated to occupy the top two stories of the office portion of Wills Wharf. A Canopy by Hilton hotel will be situated on the top four floors of the 12-story, 325,000-square-foot building. Armada Hoffler has begun marketing the space again to join other office …

Walker & Dunlop Acquires Beler Advisory Group, Expands NYC Capital Markets Team

NEW YORK CITY — Walker & Dunlop has acquired Beler Advisory Group (BAG), a locally based independent real estate finance firm. Mo Beler, former principal at BAG, will join Walker & Dunlop’s New York City capital markets debt and equity team, which is currently led by Aaron Appel, Jonathan Schwartz, Keith Kurland and Adam Schwartz. Beler, a 15-year industry veteran who has closed more than $6 billion in debt and equity transactions in his career, founded the company in

AT&T to Sell CNN Center in Downtown Atlanta, Consolidate Offices at Techwood Campus

ATLANTA — AT&T informed CNN employees Monday that it will sell the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta, according to multiple media reports. AT&T took control of CNN in 2018 when it acquired Time Warner Media. Employees were notified that the move will not happen right away, as CNN will lease One CNN Center for another five years before moving to Time Warner’s Techwood campus in Midtown Atlanta. Ted Turner founded media giant at Techwood in 1980 before moving to downtown in 1987. It was …

Hudson Pacific, Blackstone Form Joint Venture to Grow Movie Studio and Office Platform in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK — Hudson Pacific Properties Inc. and Blackstone have formed a joint venture to expand the film and TV production platform for both publicly traded companies. Hudson Pacific is bringing on Blackstone as a partner to help capitalize a portfolio of studios and offices in Hollywood that have been used sparingly since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent stay-at-home directives in Los Angeles. As part of the deal, Blackstone (NYSE: BX) will buy a 49 percent stake …

Disneyland Resort Pushes Reopening Date Beyond July 17

ANAHEIM, CALIF. — Disneyland Resort has delayed the opening of its theme parks and resort hotels in Anaheim based on the State of California’s announcement that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4. The company plans to announce a revised reopening date once government officials approve a phased reopening. Downtown Disney District, an outdoor shopping center at the resort, will reopen on July with health and safety protocols in place for employees …

J.C. Penney to Close 13 Additional Stores As Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Continues

PLANO, TEXAS — J.C. Penney Co. has revealed the locations of 13 additional stores it will permanently close, including seven in Michigan, as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The Plano-based retailer says the other six locations set to close include two in Washington state, two in New York, one in California and one in Maryland. J.C. Penney filed for Chapter 11 protection on May 15 and unveiled a list of 154 stores in late May that were set to close. Multiple news outlets report that …

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