Value Retail News: September, 2013

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September 2013


Outlet Opening Scorecard
When five outlet centers totaling nearly 2 million sf of GLA open in one summer, it’s safe to say that the sector has hit the big leagues.

Atlanta’s Deluge
Atlantans ignored torrential downpours to turn out by the thousands for the grand opening of Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta in Woodstock, Ga.

Chicago Rule Breaker
Blending art and fashion was always the vision behind Fashion Outlets of Chicago, opened by AWE Talisman and Macerich just 15 miles from downtown Chicago.

Who’s on First?
Toronto Premium Outlets, developed by Simon Property Group and Calloway REIT, opens to standing-room-only crowds.


Scott Stratten’s Passion
The keynote speaker at VRN’s Fall Outlet Leasing and Marketing Convention is a guy who believes in un-marketing your way to success.

The Inside Scoop
In ICSC/VRN’s webinar, “15 Things You Really Need to Know About Outlet Retailing,” seasoned outlet execs provide inside info.

Clicks and Bricks
Panelists at RECon try to figure out where the retail industry is in the omni-channel evolution cycle.

Channel Checking Vegas
It’s a tough job making sure that bargains and brands are doing their jobs at Las Vegas’ outlet centers, but VRN’s Channel Checker has bravely taken on the task.


News Up Front
The outlet site fight for Clarksburg, Md., between a Simon JV and a Tanger JV has gone up a notch; Global Outlet Management and The Was Group have announced the first slate of tenants for the Outlets at Springfield; Saks Inc. has agreed to be bought by Hudson’s Bay; ICSC’s professional certification program has launched a new credential for retail property executives.

Smartphones and tablets capture moms’ hearts; moms are the primary earners in 40 percent of U.S. households; consumer spending and confidence rise; if you want to bond with female shoppers, don’t use the word “cool;” dynamic pricing is on the increase; shoppers benefit most when technology and deals blend; 80 million GenY-ers keep retail hopping; car ownership falls from favor; bricks & mortar still has mojo; are FB fans worth the fuss?

Development Briefs
Ground is officially broken for the Outlets at Corpus Christi Bay; Macy’s anchors Gurnee Mills’ full-price wing; Italian luxury-linens brand Frette to open at Sawgrass Mills; Glimcher names eight new outlet tenants for Seattle; Legends Outlets KC tests specialty concepts; industry veterans form a retail consultancy.