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March 19, 2015 FORWARD | ADVERTISE

Outlet execs head to Orlando for VRN spring deal making

Up to 350 attendees are expected to get into full decision-making mode at 2015 Spring VRN Outlet Retail Deal Making in Orlando next week. A who's who list of retailers – who attend for free – will hammer out leasing particulars with more than 40 exhibitors. The outlet industry is booming with a pipeline of more than 50 phase 1 centers and nearly two dozen expansions planned to existing... 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 >>

Macerich, Simon in proxy battle

Simon’s $22.4 billion bid for Macerich that began on March 9 has become a battle for shareholder votes. Macerich has effectively blocked any takeover of the board by Simon and has also enacted a poison pill defense. On March 17, Macerich adopted a staggered board that bogs down Simon’s ability to place its own nominees in those positions. The poison pill is a strategy that allows... more >>

VRN Twitter alerts surpass 15,000 reads monthly

Tune into the latest in outlet center development news and analysis via @ValueRetailNews. More than 440 current followers receive news-alert tweets several times weekly from VRN via our Twitter site: VRN tweets make more than 15,000 impressions each month. Visit the site and discover why companies including Cherokee Nation, Empire Outlets NYC, Howard Hughes,... more >>

Tanger Memphis groundbreaking

Steven B. Tanger, president and CEO of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, was on hand for the groundbreaking of construction on Tanger Outlets Memphis in Southaven, Miss., on March 13. He was joined by Josh Poag, CEO of Memphis-based Poag Shopping Centers, the joint venture partner for the 312,164-sf project. Tanger announced that at least 70 tenants would open at the planned Nov. 19 grand... more >>

10,000 subscribers and growing: Global Outlet NewsBrief

If you like reading Global Outlet NewsBrief and know someone who'd like to receive it regularly, click the "FORWARD" button to have a copy emailed to him or her. They'll find it easy to subscribe or to opt out at any time. Every two weeks the editors of VRN and IOJ provide up-to-the-minute news and follow-up analysis on: outlet industry pipeline updates, outlet chain activity, outlet... more >>

Outlets of Michigan zoning OK for NED-Paragon JV

The city of Romulus, Mich., has approved site plans for Outlets of Michigan, the 366,000-sf center planned by Paragon Outlet Partners and New England Development, according to local reports. The JV has targeted July for groundbreaking and fall 2016 for the grand opening. The $100 million project will generate an estimated 1,200 or more permanent jobs. The site is at the junction 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 >>

Coach turning Legends pop-up into a permanent store

Coach will expand its Coach Factory pop-up store at Legends Outlets Kansas City, Kans., into a larger, permanent outlet store this fall. The new store will occupy an 8,337-sf space adjoining Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen. The retailer opened the pop-up in May 2014 and achieved strong consumer response. "The reality of its success is beyond anything we predicted,” said Dan Lowe, founder and... more >>

Was Group signs Gran Plaza, Lake Elsinore outlets

The Was Group is leasing outlet space for two new clients, both in California: Gran Plaza Outlets in Calexico, and Outlets at Lake Elsinore. The Charles Co. owns the 287,000-sf Gran Plaza, which opened in November 2013 a stone's throw from the Mexicali border crossing. Tenants include A'Gaci, Coach, Guess, Kay Jewelers, Kenneth Cole, Nautica, Oshkosh B'Gosh, Perry Ellis, Skechers and... more >>

Advantail names Dablemont director of operations

French outlet center developer and manager Advantail has promoted Bettina Dablemont to director of operations. She will supervise the managers of the five Advantail-managed outlet centers with the goal of mounting common retail and marketing programs, creating maximum operational synergies and improving performance. The five centers are: Channel Outlet Store in Coquelles, L’Usine De... 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 >>


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