IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BRANDS
Loft Outlets Soar
When Ann Taylor launched its new Loft Outlet concept by opening 10 stores on the same day in July, a new era in outlet retailing was born.
Hot Brands Rule
Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th and other luxury retailers are finding congenial partners
among outlet center developers who are upgrading their centers.
Sizing Up Crewcuts
J. Crew – which operates207 full-price stores and 65 outlet stores – is putting more emphasis on its Crewcuts kids division.
U.S. Polo Assn., owned by Jordache Enterprises, opened a 3,000-sf store in Orlando, with more stores to come.
Top Apparel Tenants
Stores magazine’s top U.S. apparel retailers could be an outlet tenant list.
Lane Bryant’s Dream Fit
Lane Bryant shoppers at WaterMark Place tried out a virtual fitting room that measures body shapes and sizes.
Tanger Factory Outlet Center releases some of the details of its site west of Phoenix off the busy Loop 101 highway. Opening is set for 2010 in Glendale, Ariz.
Business Boom: Niagara
Canadians are chasing deals at Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls (N.Y.), where business is booming.
Alberta: CrossIron Mills
Ivanhoe Cambridge will open CrossIron Mills in August 2009 in Balzac, Alberta. Plus, VRN charts Canada’s current and planned outlet and value-oriented projects.
Many of the nation’s outlet centers offer gas related promotions in an effort to drive traffic.
Seventy-six outlet chains have been nominated for the 2008 Outlet Retail Chain Awards. Nearly 250 nominations poured into VRN for this year’s honors. The awards will be presented
Sept. 9 at the 2008 VRN Outlet Retail Convention in New Brunswick, N.J.