Member News | June 27 – July 1

Edens & Avant Announces Whole Foods Market to open in Columbia, S.C.
Cross Hill Market to be home for World’s Leading Natural and Organic Grocer

 COLUMBIA, SC (July 1, 2011) –- Edens & Avant announced today that Whole Foods Market, the leading retailer of natural and organic foods, will be opening in the new Cross Hill Market retail center in Columbia, South Carolina. The new store will be the third South Carolina location for Whole Foods Market and the first to be located in South Carolina’s capital city.  Whole Foods Market will occupy approximately 35,000 square feet of retail space at Cross Hill Market, a 71,000 square foot development at the intersection of Cross Hill Road and Devine Streets. In addition to Whole Foods, Cross Hill Market will feature an eclectic mix of regional, local and national shops, boutiques and restaurants, as well as a direct pedestrian connection to adjacent neighborhoods. The projected construction start date is January 1, 2012 with an anticipated opening of October 2012.

“We’ve taken a long-term approach in developing this property, because we wanted to ensure that Cross Hill Market would be truly unique in both design and merchandising mix – including a grocer anchor that promotes sustainable food and products,” said Jodie McLean, President and Chief Investment Officer, Edens & Avant. “As partners with the community, we are very cognizant of our role in adding to the urban landscape and we believe that Cross Hill Market will be an inviting, community-focused retail development that will contribute to building a healthier community.  We are very grateful for the patience of local residents and we think their patience will be rewarded as we deliver a retail center that will enhance the overall quality of life in the state’s capital city.”

Scott Allshouse, regional president for Whole Foods Market South Region said, “We’re really looking forward to opening our doors in Columbia. We’ve been hearing from folks in the Columbia area for years, we know they’re looking for more natural and organic food options and we’re ready to be a part of this great community.”

“Whole Foods Market is one of the world’s most innovative and progressive grocers and their commitment to sustainability, community and fresh food was a huge factor in bringing them to Columbia,” said Lyle Darnall, Edens & Avant Managing Director. “We are excited to work with such a great retailer and know Columbia will benefit from this partnership.  Cross Hill Market will create a dynamic new community-focused shopping experience that will be the centerpiece of a new shopping district that is bookended by two of our other signature properties at Trenholm Plaza and The Shoppes at Woodhill.”

For more information and updates, follow Cross Hill Market online at or on Twitter at @CrosshillMarket.

About Edens & Avant:
Edens & Avant develops, owns and operates neighborhood shopping centers in primary markets throughout the East Coast. Focusing on innovative development and redevelopment together with key acquisitions in urban areas, the Company has built an institutional-quality portfolio of 124 retail centers. Edens & Avant has Regional Headquarters in Boston, New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Columbia, SC and Miami. For additional information about the Company and its retail real estate portfolio, please visit  Or follow on Twitter @EdensandAvant.

 About Whole Foods Market®
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (, NASDAQ: WFM) is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s nearly 60,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 14 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2010, the company had sales of more than $9 billion and currently has more than 300 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.


Colonial Life’s Jay Hutchins Named to Boston College Hall of Fame
12 athletes to be inducted in September

COLUMBIA, S.C. (June 30, 2011) — Colonial Life’s Jay Hutchins has been named to the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame. Hutchins is vice president of broker marketing and sales at Colonial Life. He is one of 12 prominent Boston College athletes to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in September.

Hutchins was a member of the Boston College soccer team, where he ranks sixth on the school’s all-time career points list. His 21 career goals rank number seven and his 20 assists rank number four on the all-time lists. He was the Greater Boston League’s most valuable player for the 1981 season and a three-time All-Greater Boston League selection. Hutchins was named to the All-Big East team twice and was an All-New England selection three times.

Hutchins joined Colonial Life in 2005 and has more than 20 years of insurance industry experience in employee benefits and sales management.

About Colonial Life
Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company is a market leader in providing insurance benefits for employees and their families through the workplace, along with individual benefits education, advanced yet simple-to-use enrollment technology and quality personal service. Colonial Life offers disability, life and supplemental accident and health insurance policies in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Similar policies, if approved, are underwritten in New York by a Colonial Life affiliate, The Paul Revere Life Insurance Company, Worcester, Mass. Colonial Life is based in Columbia, S.C., and is a subsidiary of Unum Group, one of the world’s leading providers of employee benefits. For more information about benefits communication, call Colonial Life at (803) 798-7000 or visit


Town of Lexington Encourages Businesses to Become
Local Preferred Vendor

The Town of Lexington is expanding our Local Preferred Vendor List to further encourage economic activity in the Town, the Central Midlands Region and throughout the state of South Carolina.

The expanded preference provides for the following:

  • Higher maximum local preference credit limits for in-town and in-Lexington County businesses.
  • New credit for businesses located in Newberry, Richland, Kershaw and Fairfield counties.
  • Expansion of the local vendor preference to include subcontractors.
  • Creation of a registry of local vendors which are eligible for the local preference credit.
  • Promotion of the registry of local vendors to contractors proposing on town projects.
  • Large project proposers required to document attempts to include local vendors in proposals.

Area businesses may be able to benefit from this expanded credit by directly contracting with the Town or as a subcontractor on various town projects.

For more information and to register on the Local Preferred Vendor List, visit or contact Stuart Ford at 803-358-1587 or


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