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New Health Insurance Kiosk Launches in Valley

Local Enrollment Services, the first health insurance kiosk in Arizona, will open at Christown Spectrum Mall in conjunction with the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment for health insurance on November 15. Local Enrollment Services and its staff will provide self-service solutions for people to enroll in the healthcare marketplace and to educate Valley residents about the 2015 health care changes.

The Affordable Care Act mandates that every U.S. citizen must have health insurance coverage by February 15, 2015 and the Health Insurance Exchange, which includes all of the public plans mandated by the Affordable Care Act, begins open enrollment on November 15. Local Enrollment Services is designed to be a convenient, fast, free way for people to sign up for health insurance. Licensed agents will be a the kiosk helping individuals, families and businesses navigate the health care changes and become savvy health care shoppers, enabling them to take control of the many health insurance options.

Located at Christown Spectrum Mall on 1703 W. Bethany Home Road in Phoenix, Local Enrollment Services will be set up right outside Costco for shoppers’ convenience. The kiosk will be able to help four shoppers at a time. To participate in the quick sign-up process that can take as little as 15 minutes, shoppers will only need to know their address, social security number, income for this year and an estimate of their income for 2015.

Local Enrollment Services Owner Nate Plett launched Local Enrollment Services to help people get the best health insurance for themselves and their families at the best possible price.

“We are committed to help Arizona consumers make the most intelligent and informed decisions about purchasing health insurance,” said Plett. “We want our customers to feel confident in making a decision to get the best health insurance policy available. Even if people enrolled last year, they should make sure their policy is still the best option for them. Local Enrollment Services is here to be a true community resource and help educate the public on why it’s important to have health insurance and have the right policy for themselves and their family.”

Local Enrollment Services will be open seven days a week starting November 15 during regular mall hours. For more information visit www.localenrollment.com or call 866.400.8901.

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Vestar Property Manager At Christown Spectrum Mall

Vestar, a prominent leader in commercial management, was selected as property manager at Christown Spectrum Mall in Phoenix.

“In today’s challenging retail market, owners understand that an experienced property manager is necessary for the success of a center,” says Pat McGinley, Vestar Vice President of Property Management.

Christown Spectrum Mall, formerly known as Phoenix Spectrum Mall, is a 1.14 MSF shopping center that caters to a diverse demographic. The change in management is not the only recent change; the exterior has been redesigned and developed to improve the overall environment of the property, according to Vestar officials.

Christown was Arizona’s first air-conditioned, enclosed mall and today it houses popular stores such as Walmart Supercenter, Walgreens, Ross Dress for Less, Costco Wholesale, Claire’s Boutique, and Dollar Tree. The mall also features other smaller specialty retail stores.

While Vestar continues to manage its various properties, it has begun examining and evaluating plans for Christown to specifically help increase mall traffic and tenant sales, Vestar says.

To increase the synergy from all of the tenants, the company plans to use its years of experience and the lessons it has learned to creatively think about every area of potential improvement.

The mall features seven anchor stores. Officials say in the current economic climate, having successful anchor stores is vital to the survival of a mall. In the past decade, several anchor stores began to close and put Christown in a difficult position. However, with the new redesign and change in management of the mall, the future will continue to look positive, officials predict.

A challenge that Vestar faces with Christown is the disparity of traffic throughout the different sections of the mall.

“We want to find new ways to drive traffic from one portion of the mall to another and create an environment where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts,” McGinley says.” One of Vestar’s core values includes innovation, which to Vestar, means, “tak(ing) lessons of today to create the projects of tomorrow” and the “innovation comes from (their) constant search for better results.”

Vestar is in the “process of evaluating each aspect of their operation to determine how best to improve the leasing, management and marketing functions,” McGinley says. He adds that tenants have been very responsive to the change in management and with the changes that Vestar is planning on making.

Founded in 1977, Vestar operates properties in Arizona, southern California, and now Nevada. Vestar oversees more than 45 properties which include Tempe Market Place, Desert Ridge Market Place, and Ahwatukee Foothills Towne Center in Arizona.

For more about Christown Spectrum Mall, visit christownspectrum.com; or, for more information about Vestar, visit vestar.com.