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April 14, 2016 FORWARD | ADVERTISE

Fashion Spree: totally Aussie outlet

Gazcorp’s new Fashion Spree outlet center in the western Sydney suburb of Liverpool is Australian in every way, from its tenant mix to its edgy-warehouse design. The first phase of the center opened on March 17, almost 12 years after the closure of an ill-starred outlet center on the identical site. The new center – with 50 brands and eateries – was developed and is operated by Gazcorp, a... more >>

Value Retail’s Shanghai Village to open May 19

London-based Value Retail’s Shanghai Village near Shanghai Disney Resort will open May 19, about one month ahead of the long-awaited amusement park. The 55,000-m2 designer outlet center will across from the Disney resort at the end of the site’s manmade Wishing Star Lake. The project, which is Value Retail’s second in China (Suzhou Village opened in 2014) features Art Deco-style... more >>

Outlet ownership: 15-year round-up

For more than 15 years, VRN has been tracking outlet-center ownership changes through periods that were, by turns, volatile or fallow, prosperous or modest. The industry has never really seen a severe drop since 2001, nor has it experienced a high level of failure or vacancy. But it has seen entire portfolios pass from one owner to another: •    In 2001, Chelsea Property Group (now... more >>

Outlets may boost full-price sales

Outlet centers in the U.S. have a long-standing policy of not opening too close to their tenants’ wholesale accounts to allay fears that the outlet would cannibalize the full-price store. However, a few brands – Coach, Vera Bradley, Express and Nordstrom, for instance – and been candid about the fact that they have few crossover customers from one channel to the next. And now there is... more >>

Corpus Christi center names General Manager

Cesar Briseño Jr. has been named general manager of the Outlets at Corpus Christi Bay, scheduled to open Nov. 3 in Robstown, Texas. Briseño joins the center from Sunrise Mall in Brownsville, Texas, where he served as GM for 16 years. Skechers, Express and Guess Factory Store are the first three tenants revealed for center, which is being developed by Corpus Christi Outlets, a... more >>

Romstad promoted at Simon Mills

Michael Romstad has been promoted to SVP-property management at Simon Mills. He has been with Simon for nearly 20 years, serving as mall manager at many key properties. In 2003, Romstad was promoted to regional VP of Simon's Mid-Atlantic mall region, where he oversaw four regions comprising more than 60 regional malls. He has also served as the property management point person on 15... more >>

OFF 5th roll-out

With four Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th stores opening in March, all in Ontario, Toronto-based Hudson’s Bay Co. is well into the plan to expand the chain by 25 stores. On March 17 stores opened at Ivanhoé Cambridge’s 520,000-sf Outlet Collection at Niagara in Niagara-on-the-Lake; Ivanhoé Cambridge’s 1.1 million-sf value megamall Vaughan Mills and Simon/SmartReit’s 358,000-sf Toronto Premium... more >>

Outlets of Maui’s spruce up

The Outlets of Maui in Lahaina, Hawaii, is full of enhancement activities that will incorporate design elements, upgraded signage and lighting, more cultural events and a new kiosk program. One of the most striking new features is the illumination of each building at the roof line to give the entire 148,000-sf center a festive look from every angle. Other improvements include seating... more >>

Miromar’s community events

If you’re wondering how to forge a bond between your outlet center and the local community, take a page from Miromar Outlets’ playbook. The 605,537-sf center in Estero, Fla., has an active schedule filled with free events for everyone in the community. In any given week, the center hosts music events, car shows, dances, yoga and more – something for every member of the family.  There is... 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. 25, 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. 25-27.  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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