Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Brands of Ballard

Hear Ballard Hospitality CEO, Scott Ballard, discuss their brands and concepts.

PJ's Coffee & Tea Company
WOW Cafe' and Wingery
New Orleans Roast Coffee
Board House Subs

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Bringing a New Orleans Brand Back Home

Hear PJ's Coffee back story. Started in New Orleans, moved to Atlanta, and now back home in New Orleans.

Where is the farest PJ's location?

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The background of an entrepreneur

Where did the Ballard entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic come from?

Hear the Gene Simmons story.....yes, THE Gene Simmons.

Scott Ballard discusses how to start a franchise, growth strategy and the keys to how they developed WOW Cafe', PJ's Coffee, Board House Subs and other great entrepreneurial advice.

We also take a walk down memory lane with a great New Orleans retail story

It takes guts….

The true spirit of an back. You will not see how our LA restaurants give, but they do, they just don't advertise it.

Why are our business owners different in New Orleans and LA? The culture here...."it’s very unique to learn to how to get along with anybody".

The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation is a philanthropic organization that gives back on a continual basis.

New Tenant Mix for RiverWalk

Written by Leslie Turk
Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Howard Hughes Corporation announced Thursday plans for the redevelopment of Riverwalk Marketplace into an upscale outlet center —The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk.

Construction will begin later this year, with an expected reopening in late 2013.

Most of the three-level mall's tenants are local shop owners selling New Orleans themed products to tourists and conventioneers, a change prompted by the departure of several national retailers, like Victoria's Secret and Abercrombie and Fitch, after Hurricane Katrina.

Opened in 1986 on property that had been used for the 1984 World's Fair, the Riverwalk is located in New Orleans Central Business District, directly adjacent to the 1,600-room Hilton Riverside Hotel and New Orleans Convention Center.

According to New Orleans CityBusiness, General Growth Properties, the Riverwalk’s former owner, sold the mall to Hughes Corp., a spinoff company, in late 2010 as a part of a bankruptcy restructuring plan.

“Our redevelopment and repositioning of this storied riverfront property will bring well-known, popular retail and entertainment establishments, many which will be new to New Orleans,” Grant Herlitz, president of The Howard Hughes Corp said in announcing the investment. “Beyond the impact of these compelling options for locals and tourists, we are pleased to be part of the continued revitalization of New Orleans given the many benefits this development will represent to the city.”

Hughes Corp., which will expand its footprint by about 50,000 square feet to an approximate total of 250,000 square feet, said the center will showcase top national retailers with established outlet stores as well as some local retail, dining and entertainment options.

Along with being the nation’s first outlet center located in a downtown setting, many of the retail establishments will be the first location in Louisiana, New Orleans and the Gulf region for their respective brands, the company said.

Long underserved in the retail sector, New Orleans has approximately 30 pecent less square feet of retail per capita than the national average. Additionally, Hughes Corp. noted the mall is in need of revitalization, as it has not been updated in any significant way by previous owners since its grand opening in 1986.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

NOLA - Home town of Col. Lenny Richoux

Col. Lenny Richoux, Commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., discusses his home town, New Orleans.

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Military Leadership Lessons

Leadership in the Air Force is a skill that is vetted through a rigorous process; you either perform or get out of the way. Col. Lenny Richoux makes some military leadership comparisons to the private sector. Hear his inside perspective.

Every Job Matters

We discuss Col. Lenny Richoux his new favorite band: Peace of Cake ( Hear his inspiring stories of how the military used front line soldiers, airmen and marines to create ideas for solving combat problems and how the public sector can use these strategies.

Every job matters, every idea matters. No matter what job you are in; that is the most important job you will have in your life”, hear why.

The Military Life-is it a beach?

Military families move around alot, hear some insight on the affects of living globally from the family themselves.

How many moves have you made? How many continents have you lived on? Moving across the street is hard, what is it like to move across the ocean?

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