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Hanover, Mass., March 7, 2013 – The 2013 Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo & Conference (SPREE) is pleased to announce a lively schedule of social and networking events for attendees and exhibitors. SPREE 2013 will be held April 16-18 at the Sands Expo Center at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada.

SPREE will host a variety of social and networking events that will be held during the three-day conference. “The social events are an important part of SPREE. They provide a great opportunity to make new business connections and build on existing relationships, all in a fun and casual setting,” said Debbie Lahti, SPREE Trade Show Director. “We hear time and time again how both attendees and exhibitors value these networking events for meeting and talking with people throughout the specialty leasing industry from wholesalers and manufacturers to shopping center developers.”

One of the favorite events each year is the SPREE Opening Night Party. Sponsored by General Growth Properties, this year’s opener will be hosted at the hottest shopping center on the Las Vegas Strip – Fashion Show Mall. The cocktail party will feature a signature drink and appetizers. The event also will feature a raffle with proceeds that will benefit Camp Soaring Eagle, a camp for children with critical illnesses. The event will be held Tuesday, April 16th from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

SPREE once again will be hosting the SRR Specialty Retail Hall of Fame on Wednesday, April 17th. Attendees will enjoy networking and a brunch buffet at this event that honors the 2013 recipients of SRR’s Hall of Fame. We will unveil the award winners for Outstanding Retailer, Outstanding Specialty Leasing Manager and Outstanding Specialty Leasing Director of the Year. The event, which is being sponsored by FC Dadson, will be held at the Sands Expo Center in rooms #307 & 308 from from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What would a trip to Vegas be without a walk on the wild side? You won’t want to miss SPREE Happy Hour on Wednesday, April 17th at one of the city’s most lively saloons. Round-up your friends for a fun evening of socializing, and see who is daring enough to tangle with the mechanical bull. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Gilley’s Las Vegas at Treasure Island and is sponsored by PolarX Ornament & Gift.

For more details and registration information for all of these social and networking events, please visit the SPREE website at


The Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo & Conference (SPREE) is the specialty retail leasing industry’s largest event. The educational and networking conference has been growing every year since it was launched in 2005 with nearly 2,500 attendees at the 2012 SPREE. The free event brings cart and kiosk retailers together with wholesalers, property managers and service providers from around the country. Attendees typically include entrepreneurs exploring opportunities for their first location, as well as industry veterans looking for the latest hot products, retailing strategies and expansion locations.

Details include:
What:  SPREE
Who: Produced by Specialty Retail Report magazine
Where: Sands Expo Center at the Venetian, Las Vegas, NV
When:  April 16-18, 2013
Cost: Free registration for attendees

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