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June 5, 2017
Need a Fidget Spinner? Mall Kiosks Open to Serve Demand for Hot Toy

Mall kiosks across the Triangle are opening up to sell the season's hottest toy - the fidget spinner. You can buy these things just about anywhere - gas stations, toy stores (Learning Express claims to be "your fidget spinner headquarters)", grocery stores, hardware store and lots of other places. Or, you can go to a mall kiosk that sells jus... »

June 5, 2017
Business Notebook: Vinyl Records Store Coming to West Park Mall

Girardeau, MO - A new haunt for Cape Girardeau vinyl hunters is coming to the West Park Mall next month in the form of music store Hard Copies. Joe Smith, founder of Joe's Records -- which is in the process of a rebranding campaign to become Hard Copies -- said the vinyl boom was a welcome surprise years ago, and one that's proved to be more tha... »

June 5, 2017
Pop-up Stores Pop in to Fill Vacancies

As traditional retail stores close and vacancies mount, landlords across the country appear newly receptive to leases as short as a week, eschewing the typical 10-year time frame, even in locations that once shunned limited stays. The upswing in pop-up stores, as the short-term placements are called, is playing out in all sorts of ways, and in a... »

June 2, 2017
Battlefield Mall Now has Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf

Springfield, MO - Battlefield Mall now has a glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course. Glowgolf, a Kansas-based company that operates courses in 18 states, has taken over 25,000 square feet of space across from the food court, according to a mall news release. The facility allows players to play under a black light, using florescent golf balls ... »

June 2, 2017
Las Vegas Goes From Gambling Halls to Shopping Malls

Las Vegas, NV - It doesn’t take long to realize how big shopping has become in this desert destination that casino gambling once ruled. Digital signs inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace urge visitors to “Shop as the Romans Do” along a 675,000-square-foot path with a Roman streetscape and talking statues. A model for experiential retai... »

June 1, 2017
Read this Story Before the Fad Ends: Spinners Craze Nerve-Wracking for Toy Sellers

Those hot new toys called fidget spinners, gadgets originally touted as a calming distractions for kids, are triggering high anxiety for toy executives. The toy craze, which is expected to drive sales of upwards of $500 million worth of the small plastic devices, has toy manufacturers and retailers fretting about ball bearing shortages, air-ship... »

June 1, 2017
L.L. Bean to Open Store at Hilldale Next Spring

Madison, WI - Hilldale Shopping Center has the first tenant in the latest phase of its redevelopment: L.L. Bean. The retailer will open a 15,300-square-foot store in the spring of 2018 offering its signature Bean Boot, outdoor apparel and lifestyle gear, L.L. Bean said in its announcement. The store will be on the south side of the mall, next... »

June 1, 2017
Disney Lines Up ‘Cars 3’ ‘Fashion Pit Stop’ Pop-up With Sportie LA

Los Angeles, CA - Moviegoers will get their first chance to see “Cars 3” when it hits theaters on June 16, but they can start buying apparel and accessories June 9. In one of its more unusual collaborations, Disney has partnered with Sportie LA to open a pop-up shop adjacent to the retailer’s main store on Melrose Avenue. Running through F... »

May 30, 2017
Nerds unite: ThinkGeek Opens Store at Tacoma Mall

Tacoma, WA - Those who shop at ThinkGeek no longer have to wait 3 to 5 business days for their products to arrive at their door or travel in traffic to their Seattle location, for ThinkGeek has officially come to the Tacoma Mall. To get a sense of what ThinkGeek is all about, let’s dive into their history… ThinkGeek first launched their webs... »

May 30, 2017
2 Local Restaurants are Coming to The Fashion Mall

Indianapolis, IN - The Fashion Mall at Keystone food court undergoes expansion this fall to make room for two Indianapolis restaurants: Mimi Blue Meatballs and Public Greens. Alterations to the patio area on the food court’s east side, near Elevation Burger, are scheduled to be completed by the holiday season, said Emily Nickels, a spokeswoman... »

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