Industry Headlines for Jan. 22nd

Backing UK Retail: The heart of the community

Retail Week, UK

If it wasn’t for Bluewater there might still be a Kent wasteland sitting by the side of the M25. And had Meadowhall not been built, a derelict Sheffield steelworks might be in an even worse state of disrepair by now.  These are just two major schemes that have breathed life into previously desolate corners of the UK …

Nimblest retailers will trump hard times

Montreal Gazette, CA

Marianne Hassan has one rule when it comes to surviving the recession: when the going gets tough, the tough deliver personally. Despite declining sales since November, the owner of Ottawa’s high-end lingerie boutique, BraChic, hasn’t taken the bad news lying down. Determined not just to maintain but increase her clientele, Hassan says she’s had to become creative in running her business …

Staines shoppers surprised by free cash giveaway

Staines Guardian, UK

Surprised shoppers were handed free money in Staines – but some cynical customers turned the notes down fearing it was too good to be true …

Simon Property cuts hours at area malls

Boston Herald, US

There’s more fallout in the struggling retail industry: fewer hours to shop at local malls. Simon Property Group has cut the hours of operation for its New England malls, as has the CambridgeSide Galleria. The reductions follow one of the worst holiday sales seasons on record and a decline in consumer spending and mall foot traffic …

Officials launch contest to rename Inland Empire mall


A contest to rename the Indio Fashion Mall is underway, it was reported Saturday. Mall officials began advertising the contest this week with a sign outside Indio’s largest shopping center, which is located at state Route 111 and Monroe Street, according to the Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs …

Free mammograms at shopping centres

Sydney Morning Herald, AU

Move over, late-night shopping. The latest fashion in retail is late-night mammograms. The world’s first drop-in breast screening clinic inside a department store opened at Myer Parramatta yesterday with the aim of encouraging women to get a breast check on the way to the checkout …

Shopping Centre council predicts better second half to year


Retailers can expect a sharp decline in sales in the first half, but the climate is expected to improve in the second half, predicted Michael P. Niemira, chief economist at the International Council of Shopping Centres. “2009 will be a transition year,” Niemira said, in a conference call with the media Thursday …

Late-nite shopping culture ‘will take time’

Leicester Mercury, UK

Bosses at Leicester’s Highcross shopping centre said creating a late-night shopping culture in the city would take time to build up. They spoke out following complaints from staff who are unhappy at being asked to work until 8pm even though the shops are deserted in the evenings …

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