ICSC Launches SPREE Canada at Canadian Convention


918spreeOne of the benefits of ICSC’s acquisition of select assets of Punnacle Publishing Group is that it can bring those assets to an even larger audience. For example, the organization is bringing the Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo (SPREE) to Canada for the first time.

It’s debuting as part of the annual Canadian Convention next week, on September 22-24 at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre. SPREE is the trade show for the cart, kiosk and specialty retail sector, and it’s already established as a must-attend event in the United States. SPREE’s Canadian debut is specifically designed to address the nuances of the Canadian specialty retail industry, attracting retailers from across the region.

“With the success of SPREE USA in Las Vegas, ICSC is endeavoring to bring this event to other markets around the world, and bring new sectors within the industry to our members,” said Patricia Norins, vice president, specialty retail, ICSC. “Canada is our first stop, and this event will showcase exciting new products, services and locations that are a great fit for expanding Canadian retailers,” she added.

The event is free for Canadian Convention attendees, so if you’re already planning to attend the convention, make sure to check it out. It will feature educational seminars and panels that are designed not only for specialty retailers but also specialty leasing managers. SPREE will also add 5,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space to the trade show’s exhibition.

“The exhibit hall will provide an important deal making opportunity, under one roof, for this critical segment of the industry,” said Norins. “The Canadian specialty retail industry has specific needs that have not yet been fully addressed. Now we will be able to provide educational content that is in complete alignment with what is happening in the marketplace,” she concluded.


Written by Nissa on September 17, 2014 – 5:21 pm -
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Ace Awards and Opal Awards Opening Soon


911awardsWant to get a head start on some of the year’s big awards programs? The BCSC Opal Awards 2015 and Ace Awards 2015 are both due to open soon: October 20 and September 22, respectively. The organization is encouraging industry professionals to start early and get a leg up on the competition.

The Opal Awards recognize and reward commercialization within UK shopping centers. The Ace Awards recognize excellence in customer service.

Opal Awards categories for 2015 include Media, Pop Up Shops, Commercial Events/Markets/Exhibitions, Experiential, and three new categories for this year: Mall Retail—Two years or more, Mall Retail—New to Market, and Brand Immersion.

For more information, you can check out the Ace Awards website and the Opal Awards website.


Written by Nissa on September 10, 2014 – 6:14 pm -
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CrossIron Mills Announces $60 Million Optimization


828crossironCrossIron Mills is launching a major redevelopment that will capitalize on the popularity of its food court. The $60 million project will optimize the center by relocating and expanding the food court while making room for more retailers in the high-demand are of the center it occupies currently.

“With Greater Calgary’s tremendous population growth rate and high disposable income, we are capitalizing on the opportunity to expand CrossIron Mills to welcome more world-class premium outlet brands that are seeking a truly successful retail destination with a proven track record,” said John Scott, Senior Vice President, Development, for Ivanhoé Cambridge.

The new food court will have room to feature 16 vendors—two more than it currently holds, and will increase the number of seats from 1,100 to 1,300. Its departure from its current location will also create 46,000 ft² of retail space in one of the mall’s busiest areas.

“By expanding and relocating CrossIron Mills’ hugely popular food court, we’re increasing retail opportunities for outlet brands in two prime areas within the centre,” added Scott.

The project begins in January, with its first phase opening in spring 2016 and its second phase opening in 2017. Ivanhoé Cambridge is seeking LEED® certification for the project.


Written by Nissa on August 27, 2014 – 4:59 pm -
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BCSC 2014 Announces Innovation Hub


821bcscBCSC 2014 is just around the corner—September 10-11, to be exact—and it’s sure to bring some great surprises.

For example, the organization recently announced its brand new Innovation Hub, brought to the conference in partnership with pop-up pros Appear Here.

According to BCSC, it’s going to be a new and dynamic pop-up space that will play host to informal drop-in panel sessions that will challenge the norm. With panels featuring speakers like the founders of BOXPARK, Street Feast and YR Store, it’s sure to get into some of the newest innovations in pop-ups, personalization and more.

Just take a look a couple of the panel topics:

  • Are Consumers the New Retailers?: We’re seeing retailers give their customers the ability to interact, curate and even complete transactions on their own terms. Which brands are embracing this trend? What are the implications on traditional retail of giving consumers more control?
  • Shaking the Foundations: Why our cities need more Landlords breaking the mould: Landlords today have the opportunity to have a bigger impact in our cities and create the foundations for great animation that transforms our ‘everyday lives.’ How can landlords better harness their power to change our urban fabric?

Interested? Registration is still open at the conference website.


Written by Nissa on August 20, 2014 – 6:43 pm -
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MENA Awards Deadline Extended


814menaIf you were considering submitting to the ICSC Middle East & North Africa Shopping Centre & Retailer Awards, we have good news: the deadline for the awards has been extended to Tuesday, August 26, 2014. You have nearly two more weeks to get those entries in.

The awards presentation will be 2014 RECon Middle East & North Africa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on October 13, 2014.

ICSC is looking for entries from shopping center owners, developers, retail management companies, architects and designers. Other firms are welcome to enter work implemented by and entered through one of the aforementioned groups.

The awards are broken down into five major categories: Traditional Marketing, New Media, Design and Development, NOI Enhancement, and a new category this year: Retail Excellence. There is also a new award for Retail Professional of the Year.

You can submit online at the awards website.


Written by Nissa on August 13, 2014 – 5:59 pm -
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