Colliers International Central Florida has been appointed as leasing agent for five shopping centers in Central Florida totaling 375,198 sq. ft.

The centers carry a collective vacancy rate of 8.8 percent and are all anchored by supermarkets, including two Publix stores and three Winn-Dixie stores. The properties include Columbia Promenade and Lakeview Plaza in Kissimmee; Lake Olympia Square in Ocoee; and Bridgewater Marketplace and Silver Hills Shopping Center in Orlando.

Jorge Rodriguez and Scott Corbin will handle this assignment on behalf of Colliers International.

ICSC Names John C. Emmert as COO

ICSC appointed John C. Emmert Jr. as chief operating officer. In his new position, Emmert will oversee the organization’s business operations.

Previously, Emmert served as CFO of Seedco, a national non-profit organization. He has also worked for American Arbitration Association and Ernst & Young.

“We are constantly looking for ways to make ICSC run as efficiently as possible in order to make it highly effective in delivering outstanding service to our membership,” said ICSC President and CEO Michael P. Kercheval in a statement. “Given John’s experience, knowledge and personality, I am very confident that he will add tremendous value to our organization.”

ICSC also appointed Neal Sadler as its South Virginia next generation chair. Sadler currently serves as leasing associate in the Norfolk, Va. office of S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.

RiverRock Appoints Steve Core as President

RiverRock Real Estate Group promoted Steve Core to president. In his new position, Core will oversee the firm’s 80-member team, as well as all business lines, including property/asset management, construction management/engineering, technical services, receiverships, property accounting, financial management and due diligence.

Previously, Core served as chief operating officer of the firm. He has more than 26 years of experience and is a certified property manager.

“Steve is a proven leader at RiverRock, having played a significant role in the firm’s growth during the past eight years,” said RiverRock Founder John Combs in a statement. “Steve has the proven skills and experience to lead our company in continued growth in portfolio management for multi-market clients.”

Brixmor Signs Leases with Essex Bargain Hunt, Roses Express and Others

Essex Bargain Hunt signed a lease with Brixmor Property Group for a 69,324-sq.-ft. store at Stateline Square in Southaven, Miss. Gil Consuegra served as an in-house representative for Brixmor in the transaction;

Roses Express signed a 30,300-sq.-ft. lease at Brixmor’s Perlis Plaza in Americus, Ga. Josh Durigan represented Brixmor in-house;

Keuka Distributing/Parts Plus Auto signed a lease for a 19,872-sq.-ft. store at Brixmor’s Pyramid Mall in Geneva, N.Y. Glenn Weisiger represented Brixmor in the transaction;

Goodwill signed a lease with Brixmor for a 13,000-sq.-ft. store at Martin Downs Village Center in Palm City, Fla. Brent Andrews, of Atlantic Retail Properties, represented Goodwill in the transaction;

Discovery Clothing signed a lease for an 11,998-sq.-ft. store at Westridge Court in Naperville, Ill. Jim Sakanich, of CBRE, represented the tenant in the transaction. Brad Ratajchak represented Brixmor in-house.

Antique Mall to Open New Location in Arlington

Antique Mall signed a lease with Sams Dice Arlington LP for a 53,000-sq.-ft. store at 4905 South Copper Street in Arlington, Texas.

Christopher M. Gibbons, Ken Reimer and Katie Vance, of Venture Commercial, represented the tenant in the transaction. John Zikos and Chris Booras represented the landlord.

Other Notable News

Walmart will open 180,000-sq.-ft. supercenter at Hunter Crossroads Shopping Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The retailer plans to open its new location in the fall of 2013.

Terranova Corp. signed three new tenants at Shops at Marlins Park in Miami Beach, Fla. Café Rubio Sports Bar & Restaurants signed a 3,200-sq.-ft. lease, Subway signed a 1,400-sq.-ft. lease and 100 Fires signed a 625-sq.-ft. lease. Arthur Stevens, of Terranova, represented the landlord in all three transactions.

Transwestern’s Dallas office will launch a tenant advisory retail operation and appoint Frank Bullock as managing director. Prior to joining Transwestern, Bullock served as city leader for Dallas with SRS Real Estate Partners. He specializes in representing corporate entrepreneurs, local tenants/buyers and landlords/sellers, with a focus on retail and mixed-use properties.