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December 13, 1901 FORWARD | ADVERTISE

Two U.S. outlet centers open this month

Outlet chain executives are going to have to be in two places at once on July 31. That’s when both Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass and Charlotte Premium Outlets open. The 374,000-sf Bluegrass center, being developed Horizon Group Properties and CBL & Associates Properties, will open 100 percent leased with tenants that include Coach, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Michael Kors, Nike,... more >>

Royal Quays sees double-digit uptick

Following a record start to its January trading figures, Royal Quays Outlet Centre in Newcastle, England, has seen continued growth in spending and footfall. Compared to Easter 2013, footfall increased by 4 percent and spending by 7 percent. For the year ending in January, the center’s 2013 footfall increased by 11 percent and its 2013 spending increased by 16 percent over the prior... more >>

Canada’s outlet GLA to double

Astonishing as it seems, by the end of this year, Canada will have nine outlet centers totaling 2.5 million sf, up from six outlet centers totaling 1.1 million sf at the end of 2013. The 2014 GLA total includes a 153,000-sf expansion at Tanger Outlets Cookstown that will open this fall. And that expansion will double the size of the Cookstown center. Ivanhoe Cambridge opened Outlet... more >>

LDO occupancy rises to 90 percent

London Designer Outlet, which has been open only since October 2013, has announced another group of tenants, bringing the center’s occupancy to 90 percent. The retail and leisure destination, which has attracted over 2.5 million visitors since opening in October, will welcome Kurt Geiger, The North Face, Without Prejudice and Next in the next few months. More than 10 million people live... more >>

Bourbeau, Ackerman join Macerich

Jamie Bourbeau and Ann Ackerman, two outlet industry veterans, have joined the newly formed outlet division at Santa Monica, Calif.-based Macerich. Bourbeau, SVP of the outlet division, is responsible for the strategic planning, expansion, merchandising and leasing of Macerich’s Outlet portfolio, which currently includes Fashion Outlets of Chicago and Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls... more >>

Italian-Chinese project gets under way

The ceremony for the laying of the first stone of Jihua Park Destination Center, which will include an outlet center, has been held in Changchun, China. The project is being jointly developed by Jihua Group of China, Arcotecnica Group of Italy and Italy China Development Company. Jihua Park Destination Centers – two are expected to open in 2015 – will combine sports and leisure,... more >>

Casual: So cool it’s hot

Luxury analyst Marie Driscoll wrote in the June July Value Retail News that activewear’s impact on fashion is driving a $1.7 trillion global market. Here are excerpts from her exploration of the trend in her monthly Outlet Outlook column for VRN: Two apparel trends we increasingly see are casualization and athletic apparel in non-athletic settings, which translates into khakis and polos... more >>

Dubai Outlet Mall plans expansion

Al Ahli Holding Group is planning to expand Dubai Outlet Mall, which opened in 2007. The 70,000-m2 center is 97 percent leased and draws 160,000 shoppers each week. The expansion, which will connect to the existing center, will be approximately 60,000 m2 and will include a hypermarket, a multi-screen cinema, a variety of restaurants, and lifestyle retail. Vishal Mahajan, director of... more >>

Two dozen join McArthurGlen centers

McArthurGlen has been busy the first few months of this year with new store openings at 11 of its 20 designer outlet centers. Seidensticker and Zic Zac opened at Athens in April, and in March, Lombardini, Bormioli and Gutteridge opened at Barberino. Also in March, Bikkemberg, Pollini and Rifle opened at Castel Romano. Spring openings at La Reggia included Lacoste, Modus and Villeroy &... more >>

Outlet center in Qatar to open in 2015

Doha Outlet Mall is set for completion in the first quarter of 2015 at West End Park in the Mesaimeer area of Qatar. Qatar Property Management is developing the 320,000-sf outlet center, which is currently about 75 percent preleased. The site, which is in the mixed-use development of West End Park, is 30 minutes from the Qatar airport. West End Park includes a hypermarket, a... more >>

Henderson obtains €67 million loan

TIAA Henderson Real Estate has obtained a €67 million loan on behalf of its European Outlet Mall Fund. The five-year facility, provided by Deutschepfandbriefbank, will refinance existing debt and provide funding for capital expenditures. The debt is secured by the 226,042-sf McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Berlin. The center has an interesting background. The site and an existing,... more >>


"Our portfolio associated with value retail is a little over 34 percent of our business. In 2011 it generated $1.2 billion of our NOI. And it is growing." - David Simon, CEO of Simon Property GroupSee more details in the March 2013 VRN more >>

Rioja plans new scheme in England

Rioja Development and Development Securities are working with the Cannock Chase Council to develop Mill Green Outlet Village in the West Midlands region of England. The proposed 307,000-sf outlet center would include 130 outlet stores, plus restaurants, a cinema and 2,000 parking spaces. The outlet-center site is next to the Mill Green Nature Reserve and is close to public... more >>

By the Numbers

The world’s 35 largest outlet centers – those that are 500,000 sf or bigger – are mostly found in North America. Twenty-five of the world’s largest are in the U.S., and three are in Canada. Two large outlet centers are in China and two more are in Australia. The 35 centers total more than 23 million sf, or about one-fourth of the world’s total outlet GLA of 96 million sf. Chelsea... more >>

Construction starts on Finnish outlet center

Construction has begun on Vaalimaa Luxury Outlet, a 10,680-m2 outlet project being developed in Finland at the Russian border. Arcoretail, a division of the Italian Gruppo Arcotecnica, is developing the €70 million project for Russia-based Vaalimaa Shopping Center. The 100,000-m2 site in Vaalimaa, Finland will also include a casino, a 150-room Best Western Hotel, a wellness center and... more >>

Outlet Agenda

Fall Outlet Leasing and Marketing Convention In September, the VRN Fall Outlet Leasing and Marketing Convention moves back to Secaucus, N.J., for an enhanced program that will include keynote speakers, marketing workshops and roundtables, one-and-a-half days of deal making, and the presentation of the ORCA and Hall of Fame awards. Qualified retailers get in free, and this meeting... more >>


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