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Tanger Outlets Columbus opens today

  Columbus, Ohio is ready and waiting for the opening today of the 350,000-sf outlet center co-developed by Tanger Outlets and Simon Premium Outlets. The fun starts at 9 a.m. when the stores open – Tanger Centers don’t wait for the grand opening speeches to conclude before letting shoppers scramble for bargains. But the grand opening events at Tanger Outlets Columbus will be well worth... more >>

Planned versus opened ratio is still a good measure

The number of outlet centers that open compared to the number of outlet centers announced has become slightly – very slightly – more favorable in the last few years, according to VRN exclusive research. The conventional wisdom is that only about 50 percent of the planned outlet projects in any given year ever open and only about 20 percent open on time. But even in the industry’s lean... more >>

Stop talking about politics – go shopping

  Customer service just can’t catch a break. In a press release, Bob Phibbs, CEO of the consultancy Retail Doctor, says, “Just like politicians, retailers have gotten away with treating customers as expendable and disposable for a long time….Outraged citizens vote for a political figure, outraged customers and employees vote with their feet. So, it’s up to every single person who is... more >>

Locally led partnership buys Huntley Outlet Center

  Simon’s 22-year-old Huntley (Ill.) Outlet Center sold in April for an undisclosed price to a partnership that includes Craig Realty Group and Prime Retail. Capital Companies of Elgin, Ill., led the purchase of the 77-acre property at Interstate 90 and Route 47. The 279,000-sf center, which has struggled for years, is less than 50 percent occupied; current outlet tenants include GAP,... more >>

Up to 40 Saks Off 5th planned for Germany

  Hudson’s Bay Co. has been saying all year that with the roll-out of Saks Fifth Avenue stores in Germany, a chain of Off Fifths won’t be far behind. Richard Baker, governor and executive chairman of Hudson’s Bay, talked with analysts on April 7 about the off-price chain and its future. “Saks Off 5th , we love this business,” Baker said. “We are growing it in a big way in the United... more >>

Emotional engagement with shoppers guarantees success

  Emotional engagement, a leading indicator of consumer behavior, sales and profitability, has become more important than ever for retailers, according to the 2016 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. The top three retailers that best meet consumers’ expectations for emotional values also operate strong outlet chains: Victoria’s Secret, New Balance and Nike.... more >>

New Balance opens at Outlets of Lake George

  New Balance Factory Store (4,000 sf) opened in May in the west side of Outlets at Lake George (N.Y.). The center completed an east side renovation and west side construction to expand to 102,000 sf from its original 50,000 sf. FFO Real Estate Advisors leases the center for owner Sobert Realty Corp. Tenants in the 30-year-old center include Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store,... 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 held 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... 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 >>

VRN National Convention information

  The 2016 VRN National Outlet Convention, previously called the VRN Fall Outlet Convention, has a full program. This 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 >>


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