"We have been working with Von Maur for quite some time," saysDene Oliver, CEO of San Diego-based OliverMcMillan. "We have had apreliminary agreement in effect since December 2000."OliverMcMillan is developing the Glen's retail and entertainmentdistrict in partnership with the Village of Glenview.

Construction of the 160,000-sf store will begin in spring 2002and completed in time for the Christmas 2003 shopping season. VonMaur's emphasis is "upmarket" clothes while offering amenities suchas free shipping and a zero-interest credit card. The Davenport,IA-based company currently operates 17 other stores, including onein Lombard and one in St. Charles, both western suburbs ofChicago.

"Von Maur coming in adds punch to the retail side of thatdevelopment," Leslie Mader, a retail specialist at Chicago-basedNorthern Realty Group, tells GlobeSt.com. "Everyone was waiting forsomething big to be signed there and this is it. I know that someof my clients are now more excited about the prospects of cominginto the Glen."

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