Value Retail News: April, 2008

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April 2008

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State of the Industry,
Value Retail News presents the exclusive first part of its annual State of the Outlet Industry, which focuses on outlet retailers.

Featured Coverage

Euro Chic
A team of savvy childrenswear specialists, coming off the successful roll-out of the Hartstrings children's label, has introduced another beguiling brand for youngsters - Pampolina - to the outlet sector, this one tied to Europe.

Big Outlet Plans
Spring brings a raft of new outlet center plans, some of which might be hampered by site fights and tighter lending policies. VRN publishes an exclusive list of 35 projects that are planned to open through 2010.

Stellar Service
Author, speaker and radio commentator Michael Guld gives six tips for outlet retailers who want to provide world-class customer service.


News Up Front
Chelsea Property Group prevails in long-term lawsuit, but may face jury trial; fire harms Oregon outlet center; Great Mall of the Great Plains goes on the selling block; Craig Realty Group gets signage approval for planned Plaza at San Clemente (Calif.); construction starts on a nonadjacent expansion of Camarillo (Calif.) Premium Outlets; Chelsea gets the nod for proposed center in Merrimack, N.H.; and June 19 is the date of the industry's annual Pig-N-Whistle barbeque.

Retail News
Liz Claiborne is still in a turnaround mode; store growth to slow at PacSun and at Gap; Restoration Hardware rejects Sears; Finish Line and Genesco terminate merger plans; Totes buys cap maker; a new study confirms that sad shoppers buy more and another study shows that value tops shoppers' reasons for buying.

In the Outlet Neighborhood
A roundup of developments that are planned near existing outlet centers, including those in the Branson, Mo., Gilroy, Calif., Chicago, Newark and Seattle markets.