Prague Outlet Redesigns Ahead of Opening

416pragueThe Prague Outlet is moving quickly toward its first phase opening, but it’s already making changes to cement its place as a premium outlet.

The new look is modeled after Pařížská Street, the most exclusive, and expensive, retail district in Prague. The redesign ensures that the center’s designer wing will feel like a true Prague shopping experience, with a covered square, tree-lined streets, street lamps and wooden seating. It’s a traditional architectural design conceived at the end of 19th century to resemble Paris boulevards.

Martin Kubišta, head of the company The Prague Outlet a.s., said, “We want The Prague Outlet to be the number one premium outlet offering in Prague, not only that we want it to be unique. The new designer high street look and feel will help us convey just that. This aesthetically-pleasing design will not only give visitors the chance to buy the brands they want at unrivalled price points, but to do so in the beautiful streets of Prague, whilst under cover. We cannot wait for our visualisation to be realised.”

For many tourists, the that high street experience will be one last taste of Prague before they travel. The center is positioned next to the Václav Havel International Airport, and featured live departure boards, up-to-date flight information and convenient check-in kiosks.

Written by Nissa on April 15, 2015 – 6:43 pm -
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Kimco Expands KEYS Retail Incubator Program

Kimco Realty announced some great news for small businesses last week. In the wake of the recession, the company created the Kimco Entrepreneurs Year Start (KEYS) program, which gives startup entrepreneurs and first-time business owners the chance to be placed in a Kimco shopping center with a year of free rent, retail business counseling and favorable lease options once they’re done. Apparently it’s been a success since the company is now expanding this innovative retail incubator program into 15 states nationwide, with over 600 small shops available to participants.

Beyond KEYS, Kimco hopes to help those entrepreneurs and small business owners even further with a new collaboration with NxLevel Education Association. The association is the largest entrepreneurial trading network in the US, and it will help Kimco provide comprehensive 30-hour programs to get business owners started off right.

The company is focusing on courses available through Women’s Business Centers, minority organizations and veteran organizations, a vitally important step in creating more diversity in the retail and entrepreneurial world. It’s also established a Kimco Scholarship to help applicants cover their tuition costs if they successfully complete the program.

(via ICSC)

Written by Nissa on April 8, 2015 – 6:50 pm -
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Entries Open For ICSC MENA Awards

402menaEntries are now open for ICSC’s 2015 Middle East & North Africa Shopping Centre & Retailer Awards. You still have a few months to get your entries together, though: the deadline is September 17, 2015.

The awards are open to shopping center owners, developers, retail management companies, architects and designers, so if you’re in marketing you’ll need to work with one of those entities to enter.

There are six major categories to enter: Traditional Marketing, New Media, NOI Enhancement, Design and Development, Retail, and Retail Professional of the Year. Each has its own subcategories, entry requirements and judging criteria, so make sure to read up on the categories while you consider your entry.

The awards will be presented at the ICSC MENA Awards Gala on November 3, 2015. It’s being held at the Ritz-Carlton DIFC in Dubai.

You can apply at the awards program website.

Written by Nissa on April 1, 2015 – 6:25 pm -
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Ray Greenly Scholarship Applications are Open

319greenlyKnow any American students who are passionate about retail? If so, you should let them know about the National Retail Foundation’s Ray Greenly Scholarship.

Greenly was Vice President of Research and Member Services for, a community of the National Retail Federation, before losing a year-long fight with cancer in the fall of 2005. The scholarship was created in his honor to support students who have the potential to succeed in a retail career.

Interested students must get their applications in by April 30, 2015. A panel of retail executive judges will select five finalists to attend the NRF Summit this fall, and each will receive a scholarship—$25,000 for the overall winner and $10,000 to the other four finalists.

The application includes a case study project, two essays, a resume and letter of recommendations, so if you have any students in mind, now is definitely the time to get them involved.

Written by Nissa on March 18, 2015 – 5:20 pm -
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Early Birds for the Purple Apples

UK marketers, don’t forget that early bird rates for this year’s Purple Apple Marketing Awards Dinner are only around until 31 March 2015. You can book your spot here.

Written by Nissa on March 18, 2015 – 4:24 pm -
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