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December 14 , 2010


December 14th, 2010
By The Retail Connection Brokerage and Advisory Team
CHARMING CHARLIE - A chic fashion accessories boutique, uniquely organized by color, that offers an overwhelming selection of all of the finishing touches to help you complete your outfit - fashion jewelry, handbags, scarves, belts, hats, hair accessories... for any occasion or to suit any style. The Retail Connection has expanded Charming Charlie to 97 locations, and many more are planned in 2011.

CHRISTMAS TREE SHOPS - Christmas Tree Shops product mix is compelling and extremely well priced, with a significant portion of their merchandise represented by self-developed items or opportunistic buys. There is a uniqueness to their concept that has earned strong customer allegiance. Christmas Tree Shops’ merchandise offerings and their knowledge base is extremely complementary to Bed Bath & Beyond’ s and, as such, present the combined operations with a myriad of opportunities. In 2010, the TRC team completed its 100th transaction of Bed Bath & Beyond and the first Christmas Tree Shop in Dallas. Two more CTS’s are in the works with locations to be announced shortly.

TOPGOLF - TopGolf Dallas is more than just a golf driving range – it is a revolutionary sports entertainment complex combining games with great food and an environment you can enjoy year-round with friends and family of all skill levels. TopGolf features computerized microchips in every golf ball that track your shots accuracy and distance while awarding points by hitting targets ranging from 20 - 250 yards away. TopGolf offers two levels of entertainment: the Texas Grill – offering food and drink specials every night of the week, lounges with a multitude of flat screen TVs and an award winning 54-hole miniature golf course.

EQUINOX - It’s not fitness. It’s life. Voted America’s "Healthiest Gym" by Health Magazine. With industry leading personal trainers, world-class group fitness programming, luxurious spas and award-winning design, Equinox is known for delivering style as well as substance. With 2 locations in the posh Preston Hollow and Highland Park areas of Dallas, two additional locations are in the works.

rue21 - Hot looks for girls. Cool looks for guys. rue21 is a leading specialty retailer offering the newest fashion for girls and guys. rue21 continues to strive for the best selections while offering a competitive pricing strategy. They make a specific, unique statement by offering fashion at a value. Michael Thum brought this great account to the TRC family having transacted 10 locations previously before joining the The Retail Connection earlier this year. At least 3 – 4 more are in the planning stages.

PETSMART - PetSmart, Inc. (PETM) is the largest specialty retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. They have more than 1,160 pet stores in the United States and Canada, more than 165 in-store PetsHotels, cat and dog boarding facilities and Doggie Day Camps, and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet supplies, and offers complete pet training and pet adoption services. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. Through its in-store adoption program, PetSmart as helped save the lives of more than 4 million pets. TRC has completed 7 PetSmarts and 6 others are in the planning stages.

NORDSTROM RACK - Nordstrom Rack, Nordstrom’s off-price division, offers a wide selection of apparel, accessories and shoes from Nordstrom stores and at reduced prices, as well as special value items purchased just for Nordstrom Rack. TRC has completed 2, and 2 more are on the radar for completion in the next 12 months.

RALLY HOUSE TEXAS - Rally House is a Texas Sports Apparel and Gift boutique carrying a wide variety of Professional and Collegiate fan gear. TRC has transacted two, and two more are in the plans.

DOLLAR TREE - It’s all about the thrill of the hunt! Dollar Tree continues to offer customers products they need at extreme values. They carry a broad, exciting mix of merchandise that includes many trusted national and regional brands. Some of the product departments you’ll find at Dollar Tree include housewares, glassware, dinnerware, cleaning supplies, candy, snacks, food, health and beauty, toys, gifts, gift bags and wrap, party supplies, stationery, craft supplies, teaching supplies, books, seasonal décor, and more. Everything you need for every day, every holiday, every occasion... and every single item is only $1 (or less). TRC has transacted 80 Dollar Tree stores and 15 more are in the works.

BUFFALO WILD WINGS - Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar is one of the top 10 fastest growing restaurant chains in the country. Complete with a full menu, all served in a relaxed casual atmosphere, Buffalo Wild Wings has become THE place for game watching or just plain hanging out. TRC has completed 12 transactions, one is under construction and another one is in the works.

EYEMASTERS - EyeMasters is a leading provider of eye care services at over 160 locations throughout the United States - including Texas, Arizona, and Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio and much more of the Midwest. As part of Eye Care Centers of America, Inc., they offer high-quality designer and exclusive brands, frames, lenses, contact lenses, accessories, sunglasses and the leading technology in vision correction at competitive prices. In addition, nearly all of their stores provide one-hour service on most prescriptions by utilizing on-site processing laboratories. The Retail Connection is involved in the construction of EyeMaster’s new corporate offices as well as the transacting of 7 new EyeMaster locations.

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