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March 17, 2016 FORWARD | ADVERTISE

Sales jump 10% in Neinver’s outlet portfolio

   Neinver, Europe’s second-largest outlet developer after McArthurGlen, ended FY 2015 with positive results for both foot traffic and sales at the outlet centres it manages in five countries. Total sales for the portfolio surpassed €1.056 billion, a 10 percent increase over 2014, and traffic to the 15 outlet centers in Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain, grew by 6 percent to 44.25... more >>

Empire Outlets lands a $21.9 m. subsidy

   BFC Partners’ Empire Outlets, scheduled to open in Staten Island, N.Y., in 2017, received a healthy boost from the state in January. The Empire State Development Corp., which is New York’s chief economic development agency, approved $21.9 million in subsidies to the $304 million project. Empire Outlets has also received additional public funding totaling about $50 million in the last... more >>

Simon talks earnings, spending and traffic

   Despite a year that challenged many retailers and shopping center owners, Simon ended 2015 with sturdy numbers, including a total net operating income that increased 7 percent to $5.8 billion. Simon combines for reporting purposes its Premium Outlet centers with its regional mall business, but the numbers paint a stable picture with slight increases in rents and sales psf.   ... more >>

Danielle Devita promoted at Simon Premium Outlets

   Danielle De Vita has been promoted to executive vice president of real estate for Simon Premium Outlets. A Simon veteran of 14 years, De Vita was most recently senior vice president of real estate and has been involved in the development, acquisition and disposition of more than 13 million sf of outlet center space during her tenure with the company. She is now responsible for all... more >>

McArthurGlen launches international ad campaign

   McArthurGlen, Europe’s largest outlet-center owner, developer and manager, is collaborating with Universal Music on a new multi-million dollar international advertising campaign. This coincides with the 21st anniversary of McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks in England, the developer’s first outlet center outside the U.S. The spring campaign, directed by fashion photographer... more >>

Michael Kors CEO declares, “stores aren’t going away”

   During the Feb. 2 earnings call to discuss Michael Kors fiscal third quarter, which ended Dec. 26, 2015, investors and analysts asked a number of questions regarding the retailer’s outlet business. However, CEO John Idol responded by addressing retail and the brand in more general manner.    On a question about chain expansion, Idol said, “We are pretty much done with the build-out... more >>

Persuading consumers to “think outlet”

   VRN asked a group of executives if the outlet industry needs another national marketing campaign similar to Midnight Madness to spur shopping at outlet centers. Their comments will be in the April 2006 VRN. Edited versions of those comments follow:    “The short answer is YES, the industry could certainly benefit from a unified promotion that reminds consumers of our unique brand... more >>

Leasing Activities

•    Mission BBQ is opening its first Tennessee restaurant at Simon’s Opry Mills in Nashville this spring. Mission BBQ will be joining Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Coach, Cole Haan, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Forever 21, Nike Factory Store, Gap Outlet and Bass Pro Shops. Opry Mills is seven miles northeast of downtown Nashville and is within walking distance of the Grand Ole Opry... more >>

Donlon to manage Outlets of Maui

   Lisa Donlon was recently appointed general manager of Outlets of Maui. Donlon’s last retail position was marketing manager from 2006 to 2015 at Whalers Village, Kaanapali, about 40 miles northwest of Lahaina. With a decade of experience in retail marketing and operations of a resort-shopping destination, Donlon will be responsible for the overall operations, retail management, events... more >>

DOC&R seeks nominations for the Outlet Hall of Fame

   Developers of Outlet Centers & Retailers is seeking nominations for the 2016 Outlet Hall Fame, which will be held during the VRN Fall Outlet Convention in New York, Sept. 26-27.  Since 2005, the Outlet Hall of Fame has honored those who have worked tirelessly to expand and shape the outlet industry in every area of development and retailing. All members of the Hall of Fame have... 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... 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 >>

Global Outlet NewsBrief: More than 11,000 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... more >>


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