– MACERICH GETS PHOENIX LAND: Mall developer Macerich on Wednesday paid $32 million at auction for 112 acres in north Phoenix that is earmarked for its Palisene mixed-use project. The company was the sole bidder. Rival developer Related Cos. and Thomas J. Klutznick Co., partners in a competing CityNorth development, bowed out after unsuccessfully contesting the auction, originally scheduled for October 2007. Macerich already owns 18 million square feet of retail space in 11 regional shopping centers in the Phoenix area. In March, Macerich announced a venture in the 120-acre One Scottsdale mixed-use development, partnering with competitor DMB Associates Inc. to build adjacent to the Palisene site.
– MOSS JOINS LINDA GAUNT: Courtney Moss has joined Linda Gaunt Communications, a New York-based strategic communications, marketing and public relations firm, as a director. Moss has specialized in image marketing, p.r. and special events in the fashion and beauty industries for more than 15 years. For the past three years, Moss has been fashion director at M Booth Associates, overseeing p.r. and special events for J.C. Penney’s fashion brands. Earlier, she held senior posts at Christian Dior, Tommy Hilfiger, Yves Saint Laurent Parfums and Giorgio Armani and co-owned AndosciaMoss, a luxury goods p.r. firm.
– CREDIT CARD CONSENSUS: Neiman Marcus Group Inc. amended its credit card program agreement with HSBC last week, ending a breach of contract lawsuit the retailer filed against the bank in February, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The retailer said the amendment would not have a material impact on future income. Neiman Marcus filed the suit in Dallas County District Court and won a temporary restraining order to prevent HSBC from canceling 192,000 credit card accounts that were said to represent potential sales of $500 million over two years.
– CITY OF HOPE AWARD LUNCHEON: Pamela Dennis will showcase her fall collection, ranging from luncheon suits to eveningwear, as well as her new made-to-measure designs, at the City of Hope Spirit of Life award luncheon today at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. The East End Chapter/Jeanne Kaye League event, which raises more than $500,000 annually for cancer research and treatment, will honor Fox 5 news anchor Rosanna Scotto and I. Dolly Lenz, vice chairman of Prudential Douglas Elliman.