2006 Challenges & Strengths
When VRN polled developers and retailers this year for our annual challenges survey, we decided to also ask what our respondents considered to
be the industry's strengths for the coming year. The outpouring of positive comments was downright heartwarming.
Lane Bryant Big on Outlets
Charming Shoppes will open up to 80 Lane Bryant Outlets by summer in former Casual Corner leaseholds. The new three-in-one stores will feature
plus-size, petites and lingerie.
K-Space has just five outlet stores, but the outlet division of Kuhlman Co. looks to grow bigger if the right opportunities surface.
West Marine: Joy of Boating
West Marine, the nation's largest boating-supply chain, hires a staff composed almost exclusively of boaters for its 400-unit chain.
A strong marketing plan helps resurrect Perryville (Md.) Outlet Center, a move that turns around lagging sales.
Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City, La. is resounding in its market by adding a trolley, opening new tenants, hosting a series of blockbuster events and even
starting a kids club.
Accolades for Colonnade
An open-air addition adds excitement and a gaggle of new upscale tenants as
Colonnade of Sawgrass opens in Sunrise, Fla.
Tanger Factory Outlet Stores, which plans to open two new projects in each of the next two years, turns in a strong annual report for 2005.
In the Neighborhood
A roundup of projects going up near the nation's outlet centers include hotels in Barstow, San Marcos and elsewhere.
Cross Border Shoppers, Part 2
If you want to get a sense of the economic impact Mexican shoppers have when they cross the border to spend their money, consider this: It is
significant enough that the federal government is studying it.