Shopping Center Business

MAY 2016

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COMPANY PROFILE 200 • SHOPPING CENTER BUSINESS • May 2016 tunities in Southern California. When the economy slowed down, we pulled back. Now, opportunities are coming to us, so we're looking everywhere." He adds, "The company is doing well and we've added new people to be a part of our success. Our existing centers are strong. My brother and I are lucky my fa- ther built such a strong legacy." Wilson's father, Jim Wilson Jr., founded JWA in 1975. Both Will and his brother, Jim Wilson III, learned the business from their father. Jim Wilson III currently serves as chairman of the board and CEO at JWA. In 2015, Will and his brother started another company, called JWA Ventures, which focuses on triple-net lease proper- ties. "My dad, my brother and I owned Big 10 Tires from 1984 through 2004. During this time, Big 10 Tires grew to 100 stores in the Southeast. We understand the net lease business," Will Wilson says. "To grow in this area, we brought in some great guys that worked for us previously. These associates hit the ground running, as evidenced by the five net-lease proper- ties under construction now." JWA is redeveloping its Edgewater Mall in Biloxi, Mississippi. The center is anchored by Dillard's, Sears, JC Penney and Belk. RHISTUDIO.COM MASTERPL ANNING | RETAIL PL ANNING + DESIGN | COLL ABOR ATIVE CONSULTING | GR APHICS + BR ANDING

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