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It’s sunnyside up for outlets

Florida’s overseas tourism was flat in 2015, but the total number of visitors to the state was a recording breaking 105 million, a 6.6 percent increase over 2014. Visits by Canadians dropped 1.5 percent, but domestic tourism – which is 86 percent of Florida’s tourism – rose by 8.0 percent, thanks in large part to low gas prices.  The Sunshine State has always been a hot spot for... more >>

Outlet Perspectives

VRN asked several executives to describe the difference in spending at outlet centers between tourists and local shoppers. As you might guess, tourists – especially internationals – tend to spend more than locals, at least on their one visit. However, our executives brought up a number of interesting side issues on this topic, such as how to define a tourist and the yearly value of... more >>

Ownership change in Medford

A division of Diamond Inner Circle Investments of Cleveland, Ohio, closed Feb. 10 on the purchase of Medford (Minn.) Outlet Center. The purchase price was $2.3 million, and the seller was an entity of C-III Asset Management, which handles properties in foreclosure. The center, which was developed in 1991 by the first McArthurGlen Group, is 50 miles south of Eagan, where Twin Cities... more >>

Ownership change in St. Louis

Namdar Realty Group, of Great Neck, N.Y., is the new owners of the 16-year-old St. Louis Outlet Mall, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper. Namdar acquired the 1.2 million-sf property, which is in Hazelwood, in February for $4.4 million. The project was slated to sell by auction to another bidder for $9 million, but that sale fell through in November 2015. The property had... more >>

Coach focuses on Factory

Coach saw a significant inflection in its North American holiday business, led by improved retail and comp trends at the 204 Coach Factory Stores, with record Black Friday weekend sales. Business in Coach Factory Stores strengthened despite lower tourist traffic and a highly promotional environment, and the outlet channel saw sequential movement in the last quarter that was led by... more >>

New project updates: Daytona and Richmond

Greensboro, N.C.-based Tanger Factory Outlet Centers appears to have helped jump-start a transformation in Daytona Beach. Tanger Outlets Daytona Beach and a new Sam’s Club will open this year as part of the Tomoka Town Center, a new development near the Ladies Professional Golf Association headquarters there. A Trader Joe’s distribution center opened in 2015, and Sam’s Club acquired 18... more >>

DeFilippis joins Strategy+Style

Brie McCoach DeFilippis has joined Strategy+Style Marketing Group as director of field marketing. She brings more than 15 years of experience in retail and brand management and will be responsible for executing all client advertising, web, digital/interactive and on-site marketing programs from concept to conclusion. Serving as the liaison between S+S’s client partners and its internal... more >>

Outlet Leasing News

•    A nine-story parking structure holding an additional 1,000 cars opened at Craig Realty Group’s Citadel Outlets in Commerce, Calif., just before the 2015 holidays.  •    Waxy’s, Clarks Outlet, SkyZone, Yogibo, Wayback Burgers and K1 Speed opened in 2015 at Kingston (Mass.) Collection. Opening in 2016 will be Billy Beez, Fit Factory, Pinz and Rustic Kitchen. Owner-operator Pyramid... 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 >>

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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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