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December 13, 1901 FORWARD | ADVERTISE

San Jose mall transitioning to value center

Westgate Shopping Center is changing both its image and tenant list to provide value-oriented shopping to San Jose, Calif. consumers. The center welcomed Nike Factory Store last February; Skechers Factory Outlet opened in July. Newly signed are J.Crew Factory, Gap Factory Outlet and Carter's/Oshkosh B'Gosh, with openings slated for spring 2015. Federal Realty Investment Trust acquired the... more >>

Fashion House Group turns 10

Marking 10 years in business, eastern European developer Fashion House Group takes stock of its progress, including five centers operating – Sosnowiec, Gdansk, and Warsaw in Poland; Bucharest West in Romania; and Moscow – plus one in development: Fashion House Outlet Centre St. Petersburg, with a 2015 opening on tap. A unit of CEE real estate development firm Liebrecht & Wood Group,... more >>

Tanger, Simon in groundbreakings

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers has officially broken ground on Tanger Outlets Grand Rapids (Mich.). The 343,923-sf center, scheduled to open in fall 2015, is 11 miles south of downtown Grand Rapids at U.S. 131 and 84th Street in Byron Township. The project will create more than 1,000 jobs once open, and is projected to generate $7.35 million in additional sales tax revenue for the area.... 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 >>

Retailers bullish on outlets

In their Q2 commentary, several fashion brands voiced great satisfaction on their outlet divisions, and optimism going forward. Express CEO Michael Weiss noted, "With 17 of our 20 Express Factory Outlet stores open for approximately four months, we are delighted to see them continuing to exceed our expectations from both revenue and a margin contribution perspective." Rick Coté, vice... 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 >>

Why mobile wallets lag: lack of trust

Mobile wallets from Google, Paypal, and wireless carriers: why such a slow adoption by consumers? Just 16 percent of respondents to a Yankee Group survey said they had made in-store purchases using their phones, and even they typically did so fewer than five times per month. A 2013 PricewaterhouseCoopers survey holds a clue: Concern over privacy trumps convenience. Only 50 percent of... 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 >>

Cecil Sherman, outlet industry retail pioneer, dies

Cecil Sherman, who launched Rolane, one of the outlet industry’s early retail chains, died in June at age 82. Joining Kayser-Roth Corp. when he was 25, he advanced from inventory manager for socks and hosiery in 13 plants to president of Rolane Corp. Sometimes called the "godfather of the outlet retail business," Mr. Sherman built Rolane to 40-plus retail outlet units in nine states,... more >>

J. B. Citrin joins Tanger board

Jeffrey B. Citrin, founder of real estate investment firm Square Mile Capital Management and co-founder of the Cerberus Capital Management real estate unit Blackacre, has been elected to the board of directors of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers. Citrin brings more than 30 years of experience to the position; he held top management positions at Oppenheimer & Company, Credit Suisse First... more >>

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Horizon retains DTZ to lease Malaysian center

Horizon Group Properties has partnered with the global property services agency DTZ to help lease International Outlets at Kuala Lumpur. The center is a joint project of Horizon and the locally based Mainstay Holdings; the team plans a July 2016 opening for the first phase of the 400,000-sf center. The site, six miles north of the international airport, will tap a metro market that... more >>

Outlet developers duel in Connecticut

Three outlet centers are now planned in central Connecticut. The newest is a 347,000-sf center for West Haven, proposed by Gordon Group Holdings. This project would be less than 50 miles from two others already on the drawing boards: the 461,000-sf Tanger Outlets Cheshire, and the 340,000-sf Outlet Shoppes at Rentschler Field (East Hartford), by Horizon Group Properties.For further... more >>

McArthurGlen new-and-expansion outlet slate full

Leading European and global outlet center developer McArthurGlen has reached all-time highs in its project pipeline. Under construction now is a new 240,000-sf center at Vancouver (B.C.) Airport; five other centers are slated for construction in Belgium, France, Germany and Turkey. In expansions both underway and planned through 2016, the company has 65,500 m2 spread over eight centers... more >>


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