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Fitch Opens News Studio in Moscow … and More Industry News

For the week of February 4, 2013



FRCH (Cincinnati) has hired three new staff members. Feras Afani has joined the company as a senior interior designer in the Department Store Studio, while Becca Vickery has joined the same studio as a graphic designer. Garrett Rice has joined the Specialty Retail Design Studio as a senior graphic designer.

MaxLite (West Caldwell, N. J.) has appointed Pat Treadway to vp of product marketing and engineering and Ken Charton to product marketing manager. The International Council of Shopping Centers (New York) has announced that Eric Hertz, has joined as staff vp, director of education. In addition to overseeing existing ICSC education programs around the world, he will also strive to expand educational services.

Fleetwood (Leesport, Pa.) has announced that Gary Langer will be joining the company as vp of sales. Langer will lead sales and project management teams in his new role.

Englewood Construction (Lemont, Ill.) has hired Michael Podgorny as its director of construction. Podgorny has worked in the past with such clients as Morgan Chase, Crate and Barrel, the James Hotel, The Compass Group and Fleming’s Steakhouse in Chicago.

Fitch (Columbus) has opened its 13th studio in Moscow. In working closely with David Blair, managing director of Europe and Russia, the studio is run by six Russian associates.

CBX (New York) will be designing a Fare & Square prototype, a not-for-profit grocery store, after being retained by Philabundance, a hunger relief organization. Fare & Square will open this summer in Chester, Pa. and focus on meats, fresh produce, dairy, seafood and frozen food.


CMA (Minneapolis) has moved its Minneapolis office to a new location a few blocks away. The move came after finding a new location in the North Loop Neighborhood of the Minneapolis Warehouse District.



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