March 21, 2017
Kiddie Activity Hubs Seen as Way to Make Malls Amazon-Proof

Sandeep Mathrani, head of U.S. shopping-center operator General Growth Properties Inc., was in Dubai when he saw something that startled him: an indoor city just for kids. In the middle of the giant Dubai Mall, he found an activity center filled with child-sized restaurants, bakeries, hospitals and police stations. The kids operated their own ro... »

March 21, 2017
Pop-Up Stores Are Getting Smarter

With a shorter life span than some insects, the pop-up store will take over some dormant retail space on or near a busy street; stock something hip and cool; then disappear. Talk to Melissa Gonzalez, and you will hear about a different concept: A smart store that will soon pop up in a smart city. As CEO and founder of The Lion'eseque Group, ... »

March 20, 2017
Eastdale Mall Anchor Avoids Closing, Plans Expansion

Montgomery, AL - Eastdale Mall Manager David Hagood spent part of his Monday morning tracking down a piece of an Easter display – a five-foot-tall teacup. He was laughing as he told the story, and with good reason. He doesn’t have to worry about losing a much more important piece of the area’s largest indoor mall. JCPenney announced last m... »

March 19, 2017
Don’t Write off Retail Stores, Shopping-Center CEO Says

Amid the recent talk of the "death of shopping malls" and Amazon's march toward selling everything to everyone everywhere, it might be worthwhile to consider other viewpoints. During a recent interview, the CEO of the International Council of Shopping Centers pooh-poohed the notion that the physical store is dead or dying. "As a whole, the in... »

March 19, 2017
Reaction Games Brings Retro Video Games to University Park Mall

Mishawaka, IN - If you’re walking around University Park Mall in Mishawaka, there’s an interesting kiosk display that might catch your eye. Kids young and old can’t help but stop at Reaction Games’ new kiosk when they see the two giant Gameboy displays playing old video games. The Gameboy displays are the focal points of the new retro vi... »

March 17, 2017
3 Big Changes Happening at Magnolia Mall to Usher in New Era

Florence, SC - Three new stores and children’s play areas are being added to Magnolia Mall. Right now, crews are busy demolishing the inside of the old Sears stores to make way for Burlington Coat Factory. Mackenzie Webb, the mall’s general manager said the mall is responsible for demolition and then the space will be turned over to Burli... »

March 16, 2017
Great Lakes Mall Adding to Food Court, Retail Stores

Mentor, OH - Great Lakes Mall is adding to its retail and dining mix with the planned addition of The Direction and Fawaky Burst this spring. The home decor and clothing store, and the “health-savvy” juice bar and eatery, will join more than 120 retail and food choices already available at the Mentor-based mall, a news release said. “Gr... »

March 16, 2017
The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo Open with Spring Break Crowds

Laredo, TX - Ribbon cuttings, sales, prizes and crowds of eager shoppers marked the first day of business for The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo. City officials and developers were on hand for the outlet mall's "preview opening" on Thursday morning. Built along the Rio Grande and in the footprint of the old River Drive Mall in downtown Laredo, The Out... »

March 16, 2017
Spanish Retailer Zara Coming to Freehold Raceway

Freehold, NJ - Zara, the Spanish apparel retailer, will open a store at Freehold Raceway Mall later this year, its first in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Zara, a brand of the Inditex Group, the world's largest fashion retail group, is set to open this fall on the lower level of the Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor wings, the mall said Thursday in an ... »

March 16, 2017
Mall Owner Has Big Plans for Shops at Riverside

Hackensack, NJ - The Shops at Riverside, North Jersey's first luxury mall, is getting a face-lift that's intended to give the 40-year-old shopping center a new lease on life. The owner of the Hackensack mall, the Simon Property Group, is doubling down on its plans to upgrade the center, announcing today the second and third phases of a project i... »

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