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Message from Management Summer is in full bloom and we are happy to leave the quiet time of the year behind us. The outlook is good for a busy back-to-school season and we have many surprises for the remainder of the year. Please keep in mind that we are available to you anytime. You can always reach me in my office directly at 604-587-4243, or my cellular at 778-990-3675. Peggy White, CSM General Manager, Guildford Town Centre
Sidewalk Sale The July Sidewalk and Clearance Sale is scheduled to take place from July 9-19, 2009. To participate in the sale, please ensure that the order form is submitted to the Administration Office no later than noon on Thursday, July 2, 2009.
Surrey Food Bank
H1N1 PANDEMIC NOTICE On June 11, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic related to the H1N1 swine flu. Guildford Town Centre has a comprehensive pandemic plan that has been enacted to help ensure the safety of all visitors to our property. We are monitoring the situation continuously and will update our plans and safety measures as required. For more information, please visit the mall management office or call 604-585-1565.
IMPORTANT DATES July 2 – August 21 Guildford Park Play
During our July Sidewalk Sale, we will be supporting the Surrey Food Bank as they work to fill their shelves for the summer. We will be collecting food donations at the Customer Service Centre Station from July 9 to 19.
July 4 – 5 Bakugan Ultimate Battle Tour
Our gift with purchase for the Sidewalk Sale is a $5 food voucher. Customers can alternatively donate their food voucher to the Surrey Food Bank, which will allow them to purchase up to $15 worth of food. On Saturday, July 11, the Surrey Food Bank, along with Virgin Radio, will be on the upper level across from Motherhood Maternity accepting donations and food items. We want to show Surrey that Guildford Town Centre cares. We are challenging everyone who works at Guildford Town Centre to donate three food items to the Surrey Food Bank on July 11. Everyone who brings a donation will be entered in a draw to win a $100 Guildford Town Centre Gift Card.
July 9 – 19 Sidewalk and Summer Clearance Sale Surrey Food Bank Drive Saturday, July 11 Virgin Radio Remote Surrey Food Bank on location
Top 10 Most Needed Items Baby Formula – Good Start Diapers Pasta or Rice Healthy Cereal INSIDE:
Canned fish/meat Meals in a Tin Soups – Canned or Dry
Canned Vegetables Canned Fruit Peanut Butter
BACK TO SCHOOL PROMOTIONS & FUNDRAISING · THE RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER · NEW STORES AND RELOCATIONS · AND MORE
MARKETING BACK TO SCHOOL PROMOTIONS & FUNDRAISING Summer vacation has just started but we are already thinking about back-to-school. Our Back to School campaign will run from August 17 to September 7. As we did during our Spring campaign, retailers will have an opportunity to showcase their Back to School merchandise at Centre Court. We also plan to produce a mailer that includes great Back to School specials to draw the community to Guildford Town Centre, ensuring that we are their Back to School destination. Please contact Michelle at 604-587-4242 to discuss how your store can participate in this upcoming campaign. There will also be a giving component to Back to School. Over the past five years, Guildford Town Centre’s Stuff the Bus program has collected donations and school supplies to make sure that all children start the school year with the supplies they need to be successful. This year we have partnered with Staples and the Surrey School District so that we can help even more children. By way of this program, generous supporters will have the opportunity to make a cash donation or drop off school supplies at Guildford Town Centre, Staples in South Surrey or Staples on King George Highway. These school supplies will then be distributed by the Surrey School District to the schools and families in most need. To help us with this great initiative, we are inviting all Guildford Town Centre retailers to have a Stuff the Bus donation box at their cashier, making it even easier for our customers to help support this program.
REMINDER: HARRY POTTER & THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE SCREENING Harry Potter Advanced Screening, July 14 Empire Theatres has generously arranged an advanced screening of Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince on July 14. These advanced screenings are for employees, their family and friends. There are no limits to the number of tickets you can purchase, but it is first come, first serve. For more information, please contact:
Tom Perks Corporate Sales & Events, British Columbia Empire Theatres E: firstname.lastname@example.org P: 604-495-8099
BAKUGAN ULTIMATE BATTLE TOUR Answer the Call To Brawl!
Saturday and Sunday, July 4-5, 11am-5pm • All play levels welcome! • Battle against your friends • WIN cool prizes
FREE ADMISSION www.bakugan.com
COMMUNITY The Ride to Conquer Cancer
The Ride to Conquer Cancer opening ceremonies took place in our parking lot on Saturday, June 20, 2009. 1,701 cyclists began their two-day ride to Seattle, WA from Guildford Town Centre, with the goal of raising much needed money to benefit cancer patients across all of B.C. The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a new endeavour to do just that – conquer cancer. The funds raised by the participants will deliver breakthrough research, exemplary teaching and compassionate care at the BC Cancer Foundation. A f t er the warmup stretches and motivational Opening C e re m o n i e s , t h e riders embarked on the first leg of their journey knowing that through their efforts, $6.9 million was raised to help “Conquer Cancer”. This event attracted a lot of attention and we saw a traffic increase of 8.4% for Friday and Saturday.
PNE Group Discount T h e g r o u p s a l e s o n l i n e t i c ke t p r o g ra m i s f o r G u i l d f o r d To w n C e n t r e e m p l o y e e s a n d t h e i r families. It offers savings to various events at the PNE including Playland, The Fair at the PNE, Fright Nights and other select events such as Disney on Ice - Worlds of Fantasy. To take advantage of discounted tickets visit www.pne.ca/groupsales and enter the promotional code for Guildford Town Centre, which is asapiy65.
WHAT’S IN STORE? New Stores and Relocations
GTC STATS Traffic R/12 – 10,971,715 down 1.3% May 09 vs May 08 – down 1.2%
Aura Hair Salon – unit #1126 on the lower level Lite Feet – unit #2521 on the upper level
Vima – to unit #2227 on the upper level Angel’s Kisses – to unit #2359 on the upper level
R12 Sales psf for May ’09 $556.04 4.54%Sales for month of May ’09 vs. May ’08 5.64%-
R/12 Volume 4.75%-
NEW MANAGERS Mark’s Work Wearhouse - Linda Ewanchuk BC Liquor Store - Aaron Sharma
ELEVATORS REPAIRED We are happy to report that all necessary repairs on the freight and passenger elevators are now complete and they are once again operational.
Sadru’s Men’s Fashions – unit #1138 on the lower level Togo Bento – unit #2270 on the upper level Opa! Souvlaki – unit #1345 in the food court Sushi Jyo – unit #1822 on the lower level North end Zero Time Accessories – unit #2259 on the upper level
Guildford Town Centre Honours Recipients: Fred Berg and Jan Ferreira
On June 3 the Community Leader Awards recognized the “unsung heroes” who make our community such a wonderful place to live.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding while maintenance was being performed.
EARLY GATE CLOSURES
Fred Berg Fire Inspector
Guildford Town Centre nominated Fred Berg, or “Fireman Fred” as many know him. He has been making the community safer for residents and firefighters for the past 15 years. Modest Berg insists he is only doing his job, “I just try to make the neighbourhood a little safer.” We extend our sincere appreciation to Fred Berg who has been recognized as the Top Honour Recipient, Emergency Services.
Jan Ferreira Scotia Bank
Jan Ferreira, who works at our Scotia Bank, was also nominated and recognized as the Top Honour Recipient, Community Service. After losing both her parents before she was 25 years old, Jan wanted to make sure nobody ever died alone. She spends one shift a week at Laurel Place, a 20-bed hospice residence doing whatever she can to help terminally ill patients and their families feel as comfortable as possible.
Please remind your employees that your store should be open in line with mall operating hours. Closing or partially closing your store’s gate early deters customers and can affect your level of sales. It also reflects badly on the mall as a whole, which can lead to a reduction in traffic over time. We ask that you please listen for the customer service announcement, an indication of when to close your store down each day. Thank you in advance for helping to provide consistency to the customers!
OVER 200 STORES
Congratulations to both Fred and Jan! Your contributions to the community inspire us all.
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Published on Jul 17, 2009
Published on Jul 17, 2009