Viewers watching the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 3rd missed John Rich taking the reins as project manager on an assignment for “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Working on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Rich rocked the fundraising, bringing in $50,000 each for a pair of red, white and blue boots and a red, white and blue hat, and $460,000 for a signed “Apprentice” guitar, and his team raised $627,000, more than any single episode in the show’s history.
Meanwhile, Rich arrived at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards with Big & Rich bandmate Big Kenny to promote their upcoming tour.
Bentall Kennedy acquired Westwood Village on behalf of Multi-Employer Property Trust (MEPT). “We are delighted to acquire a Class A retail property that combines stable income from popular anchor tenants with an opportunity to increase cash flow as the economy improves”, said Jim Howard of Bentall Kennedy. “Its strong performance is anchored in a tenant roster that serves the daily and necessity shopping needs of value-conscious consumers”.
Westwood Village was acquired by Wesbild in 1990 and subsequently redeveloped into a prominent lifestyle centre. “We have truly enjoyed watching this center and its tenants grow to be a key part of the West Seattle community.”, said David Laronde of Wesbild, “We realized our goal of re-positioning and re-tenanting the center into a true community shopping experience and hope it continues to be a community gathering place for years to come.”
Merlone Geier, a private equity group, acquired Burien Town Plaza as part of their growth strategy. “We are leaving Burien Town Plaza in good hands.” said Laronde. Wesbild had owned Burien since 2004 and undertook a major renovation which was completed in 2008 which increased the size of the shopping center from 126,000 to 140,000 square feet.