PEARCE: More companies are focusing on consumers with poor credit ratings

The hardest-hitting recession in 75 years has left as many as 70 percent of consumers (many newly credit-challenged) with battered credit scores. However, retailers who approach these customers with sensitivity and integrity can find great opportunity both for themselves and the customers they help get on the road to recovery. It has been our experience […]

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Lender claims M&I Plaza when it fails to sell at auction

A Maryland company has taken ownership of downtown’s 28-story M&I Plaza just three months before a major tenant departure
leaves the skyscraper 70-percent vacant. The new owner is CapitalSource Inc., a commercial finance and investment firm based
in Chevy Chase, Md. It had been a lender to the former owner, which defaulted.

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Creditor pursues Premier property

Wachovia Bank has begun foreclosure proceedings on one of Premier Properties USA Inc.’s most prized developments, a giant
Ohio lifestyle center anchored by Target and J.C. Penney. The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank also is foreclosing on a vacant former
Wal-Mart store in front of Premier’s Metropolis mall in Plainfield.

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