Yas Mall Opens Its Doors


The grand opening that Yas Mall hyped up with its Red Bull racing ad is finally here: Abu Dhabi’s largest mall opened its doors earlier this week. It’s huge: 2.5 million square feet, over 300 stores—including the largest Debenhams outside of the UK—and more than 60 dining offers.

Before the opening, Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chief Executive Officer of Aldar Properties PJSC commented, “The opening of Yas Mall is a major milestone for Aldar. The mall will add significantly to the Yas Island experience, complimenting attractions that include Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and the island’s seven hotels, as well as the Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Links golf course, and Yas Waterworld. Starting 19th November, visitors will enjoy an unparalleled shopping experience, with a wide array of brands brought to the Capital and to the region for the first time. We are immensely proud as a company to bring this world-class retail and entertainment destination to Abu Dhabi.”

According to The National, shoppers were eager to explore:

“The first-day snags were easily forgiven, and even anticipated, by patrons who spent hours exploring the centre’s bright interior and airy, open design.

‘I know the culture here. I expect things to be started slow,’ said Mrs [Epu] Ahad. ‘I can see that some shops, even though the doors are open, they’re still not up and running. But it’s amazing.

‘They’ve almost got Dubai in Abu Dhabi now. I think this is a great achievement. They’ve opened a lot for the first day.’

The center’s launch ad is a little less exciting than its last one, but it sets the tone nicely:


Written by Nissa on November 19, 2014 – 4:14 pm -
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ICSC Webinar Explores New Technologies


If you have an hour to spare next week, ICSC is offering a webinar that’s sure to be full of helpful suggestions. Enhancing the Consumer Shopping Experience will get into the new paradigm of the mobile-powered shopper—including how new technologies are allowing retailers and brands to engage their customers with the right content, and context; finally bridging brick-and-mortar and dot com.

While the webinar takes place on November 19 at 2:00 PM ET, all registrants get a link to the recording so you can watch at your leisure.

Here are the speakers for the webinar:

Alex Bell is an electrical engineer who has designed a Hydrogen Motorcycle as well as a crowd sourced algorithm for tracking New York city subways. He is the founder and CEO of Signal360, the leading proximity marketing technology provider. Alex created Signal360′s first beacon over 4 years ago and has always been building the technological bridge from the digital to physical worlds. Signal360 is deployed with many of the top NRF100 and continues to win RFPs by providing the complete solution for retailers.

Chad Rodriguez has been working in retail/digital/innovation for the last decade. Whether brand side with Prada or agency side with VaynerMedia, he’s helped shape some of the largest brands digital strategies. He’s extremely passionate about how we interact with physical locations and its intersection with technology.

Interested? You can register on the ICSC website.


Written by Nissa on November 12, 2014 – 5:21 pm -
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JLL Releases Holiday Sentiment Report


Want a quick look at the challenges and opportunities facing retailers this holiday season? JLL has compiled its 2014 Holiday Sentiment Report, sourced from nearly 800 national or global retailers across the United States. Even better? The company has put together a highlight video.

If you want the details, you can check out the full report at JLL’s website.


Written by Nissa on November 5, 2014 – 6:32 pm -
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Dates to Remember: RECon 2015 and BCSC 2015


1030bcscHave your calendar at the ready? It’s time to note a couple key dates for next year.

ICSC RECon has been announced for 2015. It will take place from May 17-20 in its usual home at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The early bird deadline for registration is December 12, 2014, so you have some time to get your plans organized before losing out on that chance to save a bit on registration. There are more details available on the conference website.

BCSC 2015 has also been announced. It will take place next year on September 16 & 17 at Manchester Central. It’s a bit early for details yet, but you can sign up with the organization to get more information as it arrives—and accommodations are already being booked. Check out the website for more details.

Also of note: if you missed this year’s BCSC conference last month, you can purchase online access to presentation videos, transcripts and slides through BCSC. More information here.


Written by Nissa on October 29, 2014 – 5:05 pm -
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ICSC Research Releases Omni-Channel Report


1016reportThe media constantly struggles to decide if shopping centers are dying, seeing a resurgence or chugging along as always. For a clearer look at the situation, ICSC Research has recently released Shopping Centers: America’s First & Foremost Marketplace.

The report delves into the big issues facing malls at the moment: omni-channel shopping, demographic trends and a lot more.

The key findings are positive, fortunately. Shoppers are spending in stores, omni-channel efforts by retailers are actually helpful in some ways, and centers are getting better and better at making themselves indispensable to their communities.

Summarizing ICSC Research’s findings, the report states:

“The shopping-center industry continues to be successful, vibrant and vital to commerce now and well into the future. This continued success is a testament to the shopping center’s ability to dynamically and effectively adapt to changing technologies and consumer tastes and preferences. The physical shopping environment is at the heart of the omni-channel shopping experience.”

Good news all around—and you can check out the full report for more details.


Written by Nissa on October 15, 2014 – 6:50 pm -
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