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January 7, 2016 FORWARD | ADVERTISE

Express Factory winning with all-MFO strategy

Before opening its first outlet store in April 2014, Express had already decided on a 100 percent made-for-outlet strategy for the chain. That strategy has so far proven to be wise. Express Factory Outlet stores are 1.5 times more productive than the full-price doors, the company noted in its 3Q conference call with analysts on Dec. 2, 2015. “Overall, … margins for the outlets continue to be... more >>

Nordstrom Rack heading to Riverwalk outlets

The Howard Hughes-owned and operated Outlet Collection at Riverwalk in New Orleans will gain a 35,000-sf Nordstrom Rack by fall 2016. The two-story store will be the first Nordstrom Rack in New Orleans and the third in Louisiana. "This addition further strengthens our position as the unrivaled shopping, dining and entertainment destination in the region, attracting locals and visitors... more >>

Paragon signs leases for Houston outlets

Paragon Outlet Partners has announced leases with eight tenants for a combined 64,232 sf in its 300,000-sf Paragon Outlets Houston project. The tenants range from Converse in a 4,179-sf space to Nike Factory in a 16,660-sf store. The other signed retailers are Banana Republic Factory Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Carter's/Osh Kosh B'gosh, Gap Outlet, Old Navy and Skechers.... more >>

MCG Vancouver outlets above plan

Visitor traffic and sales are outpacing projections at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport in Richmond, B.C., which opened in July. Shopper volume is 40 percent over plan and conversion is even better, with sales reaching 50 percent above plan. Five new retailers have opened in the last six weeks, including three in November – Brooks Brothers at 4,300 sf, Columbia Sportswear... more >>

Parque Arauco buys Peru retail developer

Santiago, Chile-based Parque Arauco has acquired 100 percent ownership of Strip Centers del Perú, giving it full control of a group of two in-development retail projects and three shopping centers, including the 80,730-sf InOutlet Faucett in Lima, the Peruvian capital. Parque Arauco had previously owned 51 percent of SCP and has now acquired the remaining 49 percent from prior investor... more >>

Earlier than ever: VRN Spring Outlet Deal Making

More than 300 outlet industry retailers, brokers and investors will wheel and deal with at least two dozen exhibiting outlet center developers, management groups, leasing agencies and service firms at the 2016 VRN Spring Outlet Retail Deal Making. By popular demand, the action will take place early this year: Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11-12 at Loews Pacific Resort in Orlando. Click here... more >>

European Outlet Conference: Creating Destinations

The 11th annual European Outlet Conference will explore how developers and outlet center developers and operators are enticing consumers into more frequent and longer trips, under the theme "Creating Destinations." Brands, retailers, landlords and developers will meet at this one-of-a-kind event at London's Business Design Centre on Tuesday, March 22. Dozens of new projects and... more >>


"In this extremely competitive retail environment, providing customers with amenities is one of our biggest focuses right now. A nice place to eat is at the core of those amenities." – Stephen Yalof, CEO Simon Premium Outlets, January-February 2016 VRN. more >>

By the numbers

In 2015, New York & Co. converted 12 full-price stores to outlets; in February 2016 the company will convert 50 full-price stores to outlets. – Outlet Outlook, January-February 2016 VRN. more >>

VRN Spring Outlet Retail Deal Making

Thursday-Friday, February 11-12, 2016 Loews Pacific Resort Orlando, Fla. Earlier this year! VRN Spring Outlet Retail Deal Making will return to Loews Pacific Resort Orlando, Fla., Thursday-Friday, February 11-12, 2016. The outlet center industry's must-attend spring event. Register now and save: click here. more >>

ICSC European Outlet Conference

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Business Design Centre London Brands, retailers, landlords and developers come together for this one-of-a-kind event: Representing Europe's more than 150 outlet centers operating from Ireland to Dubai and from Portugal to Russia. Dozens of new projects and expansions. Ownership changes and new joint ventures. Save the Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the Business... more >>

ICSC Retail Connections 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Business Design Centre London Only in Europe, a must for global retail real estate professionals: Retailers and developers meet in the biggest and best pure deal making event for shopping center leasing. Save the Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Business Design Centre, London. Full details coming soon click here. more >>

Stay current with @ValueRetailNews on Twitter

Who follows @ValueRetailNews on Twitter? Retailer leasing executives. Outlet center developers. Real estate advisors. Brand strategists. VRN tweets are liked, favorited and retweeted by an amazing range of companies including: Asheville Outlets, CBL Properties, Cherokee Nation, Chicago Premium Outlets, le Conseil National (France) des Centres Commerciaux, Dalton Park Outlet, Empire... more >>

Global Outlet NewsBrief: 10,931 subscribers via email

As the outlet center industry sustains its expansion in the U.S. and around the world – adding more than 5 million sf of retail GLA annually – VRN editors provide your every-other-week digest of developments, expansions, staff moves, retailer news, data and analysis. Global Outlet NewsBrief can also be your direct email channel to more than 10,000 fully engaged outlet industry insiders.... more >>


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