Value Retail News: April, 2013

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April 2013

COVER STORY

New York & Company
One of the nation’s oldest retailers took its time entering the outlet sector, and the decision to proceed slowly – at first – has been paying off.


FEATURED COVERAGE

Woodburn Channel Check
When a Manhattanite goes outlet shopping in Oregon with her sisters, funny things happen, including a new way of looking at sports, friendliness and brands.

Outlet Outlook
VRN’s financial writer Marie Driscoll checks in with Fossil, Coach, Polo, Juicy, Kate and Lucky to find out how outlets are affecting these chains.

NRF recap
With the focus on technology, chains hear more about using IT and software to connect with customers. On the sales front, NRF expects slower gains than last year.

Outlet Shopping Festival
A nationwide outlet shopping festival is being planned for the Memorial Day weekend; the event is designed to mirror Midnight Madness’ positive impact on outlet shoppers.

Meetings and outlets
The outlet sector will be in the spotlight in several meetings through the end of the year, including outlet-only deal makings in New Jersey and in Hamburg, Germany.


DEPARTMENTS

News Up Front
AWE Talisman and Macerich reveal the names of more than 100 tenants for Fashion Outlets of Chicago; the joint venture developing the Outlets of Corpus Christi pays cash for the project’s site in Texas; the Was Group takes over leasing at Rockvale Outlets in Lancaster, Pa.

Snapshots
Affluent shoppers lose confidence in the economy; no one’s sure why, but house décor is back in fashion; digital coupons are on a big upswing and will surely keep growing; showrooming spurs electronics purchasing in all venues; price-only appeal could be a losing proposition; and the winter blues boosts sales.