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October 25, 2012
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Throwback Thursdays- The Soaring Butterfly

With wings constructed of 100% stain glass and a delicate structure the suspended butterfly sculpture in the New Port Center is the main attraction. Intricate, elegant and intriguing the art form has brought significantly more shoppers to the center. Ester Fuhrman, 1984 president of Fuhrman art consulting said, “A sculpture should add excitement to make…

September 13, 2012
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Throwback Thursdays-All About The Image

M.G Herring, president of Herring Group speaks on the possibility of mixing off-price and traditional retailers in the same shopping centers “The key to success lies in market strategy. Define the market and design a strategy to attract it. Tie it all back to the merchandise and the image.”

October 14, 2011
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Kerry Cavanaugh applies lessons learned in the consumer-goods marketing business to shopping centers

By Jesse Serwer Divergent as consumer-goods and retail real estate businesses may be, Kerry Cavanaugh sees parallels between them. “Consumer products [is] focused on improving consumers’ lives. Commercial retail centers are really big consumer products,” Cavanaugh said. “For the consumer to spend money there and come out of her way to spend time at the…

September 9, 2011
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CBL turns anchor space into high school for Tornado-stricken Joplin, Mo.

  By Steve McLinden One temporary tenant at Northpark Mall, in Joplin, Mo., is part of a rebirth from the natural calamities of last spring. In August this CBL & Associates property became home to Joplin High School’s new 11th and 12th grade campus, just three months after the deadliest U.S. tornado in 60 years…

August 10, 2011
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Store Loyalty Apps are Catching on Fast with Smartphone Shoppers

By Steve McLinden Open the app. Enter the store. Earn virtual points just for showing up. Scan an item and get the pop-up discounts. Take your stuff and your codes to the cashier. Move on to the next store and repeat. This formula seems to be working nicely for those shopping at the clients of…

July 22, 2011
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Center gives Foursquare mayor perks

by Jesse Serwer Woolbright Development has a novel way of rewarding loyal customers at its Glades Plaza open-air center: reserved parking spaces. The Boca Raton, Fla., shopping center rewards its most frequent shopper with access to a coveted curbside space and with discounts. This top shopper is chosen based on the number of his or…

July 8, 2011
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Industry Loses A Friend, Past ICSC Chairman John Ingram Dies

John M. Ingram, a retired development and retailing executive and former chairman of ICSC, has died. He was 76. Ingram served as ICSC’s 42nd chairman for the 2001-02 term while a vice chairman of The Mills Corp, Arlington, Va., creator of the value-oriented megamall concept. In addition to his role at Mills, Ingram was also…

May 18, 2011
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Bringing outlet centers to Canada is Anthony Grossi’s new mission

By Anna Robaton Growing up in the 1960s, Anthony Grossi watched Toronto's transformation through the eyes of his father, a construction worker who labored on the iconic Toronto-Dominion Centre and other projects developed by The Cadillac Fairview Corp. “Toronto was breaking out of its stodgy mold and becoming a world-class city with gleaming skyscrapers,” Grossi…

May 2, 2011
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ADA update could trip landlords

For the first time in two decades, the Americans with Disabilities Act has been revamped, meaning it is time again for retail owners to size up their properties accordingly and steer clear of costly noncompliance sanctions. Because the ADA is a civil-rights law, not a building code, there are no local inspection or enforcement bodies…