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Horizon exits Tulsa site fight

Horizon Group Properties has decided not to go forward with plans to develop an outlet center in Tulsa, Okla. According to the Tulsa World newspaper, Horizon CEO Gary Skoien called the Tulsa mayor’s office on March 29 to deliver the news. City officials were understandably dismayed to lose the project, which would have generated nearly 1,000 jobs and about $4.5 million in annual sales tax... more >>

Gap launches two outlet ecommerce platforms

During the fourth quarter 2015, Gap Inc. launched dedicated, outlet ecommerce platforms for its Gap Factory and Banana Republic Factory chains. Both concepts can be accessed from either portal. Shipping is free for orders of more than $100, and returns can be made in-store or back to the website for $5.95. “We have gone slow into this space,” Gap CEO Art Peck told analysts and investors... more >>

Candlestick Point changes approved by planning board

Amendments requested by Lennar Urban for the development of the former Candlestick Park into Candlestick Point were approved in March by San Francisco’s planning department. The amendments to the original plan include (1) creating a 1,200-seat film-arts center and a 4,400-seat performance venue, instead of the single 10,000-seat arena that was initially planned, and (2) reducing the... more >>

Outlets not a good fit for Tailored Brands

Tailored Brands, the holding company formed in January for Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers and other menswear labels, wasn’t kidding when it said two years ago that it would proceed into the outlet business with caution. The company announced in March that it would close 250 stores this year, including all of its outlet stores for Jos. A. Bank (49 units) and Men's Wearhouse (9... more >>

Eminent domain kerfluffle rises up in West Haven

The Gordon Group’s plan for a 230,000-sf outlet center in West Haven, Conn., has created a possible eminent-domain situation because of four properties owned by three holdout owners. According to the New Haven Register on March 23, West Haven’s redevelopment agency unanimously endorsed the acquisition of those properties through either negotiated purchases or eminent domain. Nine... more >>

Bosanquet joins McArthurGlen in new role

Susannah Bosanquet has joined McArthurGlen, Europe’s largest outlet developer, in the new role of Director of Communications & PR.  She who brings more than 30 years’ experience in international consumer, fashion and corporate PR and will lead McArthurGlen’s consumer, corporate, brand partner marketing and business-to-business communications activities worldwide. Reporting to Shaeren... more >>

TORG adds lease-VP and marketing specialist

The Outlet Resource Group has appointed Christine Szalay Strange as VP-lease administration and Cindy Hoke as marketing specialist. Strange brings 29 years of retail and marketing experience and a diverse background in shopping-center management with an expertise in operations, marketing, tenant relations and leasing coordination and management. She joins TORG after four years at Daniel... more >>

Leasing News

Clarks Village, which opened in 1993 in Somerset, England, has signed seven new outlet tenants this spring: Hobbs, Molton Brown, Skechers, Suit Direct, Saltrock, Red 5 and The Beauty Outlet. The 185,000-sf center is owned by Hermes and leased and operated by Realm. New Balance Factory Store opened in March at New England Development’s Outlets of Little Rock (Ark.). At NED’s Palm Beach... more >>

Retail analyst Dana Telsey to speak at VRN convention

Dana Telsey, CEO and chief research officer of Telsey Advisory Group, will deliver the keynote address at the 2016 VRN National Outlet Convention. The event will be Sept. 26-27 at the New York Hilton and Towers. Well-known in retail circles, Telsey will speak to the world’s largest gathering of outlet executives on “Key Trends Impacting the Consumer, Retail and Outlet Landscape.” In her... more >>

VRN National Convention information

The 2016 VRN National Outlet Convention, previously called the VRN Fall Outlet Convention, has a full program that will include a pre-convention event on Sept. 26, as well as 13 hours of deal making, a networking cocktail reception, presentation of the Outlet Retail Chain Awards and the Outlet Hall of Fame at the seated luncheon, plus a half day of educational sessions targeting top... 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 National 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 >>

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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