Also . . .

* Mack-Cali Realty Corp. of Cranford, N.J., formed a venture to develop office properties in Southern California and bought a 49.9% stake in San Francisco's Convention Plaza for $58 million, marking its entry into the California real estate market.

* Ross Stores Inc. said President and Chief Operating Officer Melvin Wilmore, 52, plans to retire from the Newark-based discount retailer in two years.

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