Industry headlines for Dec. 23


It’s boom time for Saint Nick

Seattle PI, US

For about a month each year, Beck is Kriss Kringle at the Bellevue Square mall. And though the economy is reeling, business is better than ever — on a good day, 50 kids an hour may sit on his lap and get their photos taken …

Mall wish trees help provide presents for hundreds

Goldsboro News-Argus, US

More than 650 children and senior citizens in Wayne County will have a much merrier Christmas this year because of holiday shoppers with big hearts.In early November, Berkeley Mall set out three wish trees in the main entrance — one for boys, one for girls and one for senior citizens — where mall goers could help grant a less fortunate neighbor’s Christmas wish …

Youngsters can Get Into retail with new scheme

Edinburgh Evening News, UK
Dozens of youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds have been signed up for a new retail academy in Edinburgh to learn how to be shop workers. The training programme, Get Into Retail, aims to help those who have faced barriers to employment because of homelessness, family trouble, lack of confidence or long-term unemployment …

German retailers see strong demand despite crisis

Guardian, UK

German retailers reported solid demand in this year’s Christmas shopping season despite the global economic crisis and sales could even exceed last year’s level, the HDE retail association said on Sunday …

Retailers predict Boxing Day shopping frenzy

Perth Now, AU

Perth retailers are predicting a shopping frenzy on Boxing Day as city stores slash prices. Major retailers Myer and David Jones will offer discounts on merchandise across all departments. David Jones Perth store manager Malcolm Reed said he expected Boxing Day trading in Perth city to be “big”…

Holiday shoppers get to malls, hunt for bargins

KDKA, US

Christmas is four days away, Hanukkah starts tonight, and that means last-minute shoppers are running out of time to find the perfect gift for their friends and loved ones. Because this is the last weekend before Christmas it’s considered a make or break time for retailers …

Chavez says mall to be expropriated in Venezuela

Associated Press, US

President Hugo Chavez ordered construction halted on a major shopping mall in Caracas on Sunday, saying the government will expropriate the unfinished building.The Venezuelan leader said it would be out of line with his government’s socialist vision to allow the new Sambil mall to take up precious urban real estate — and that unbridled consumerism isn’t his idea of progress either …

Retailers find Facebook friends in hopes of finding sales

Dallas News, US

Marketers are trying to figure out how to use social networking tools to do what they do best: persuade consumers to buy. They’re watching platforms such as Facebook, which has more than 130 million users worldwide, to see how they can use social commerce without turning consumers off …


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More headlines for Dec. 18th


Centro soars after bank bailout deal

The Australian, AU

Securities in Centro Properties soared yesterday after financiers extended its $5.05 billion debt deadline for a month and agreed on a long-term rescue plan that effectively gives them ownership …

Shopping mall braced to take ‘up to £1m per hour’

The Independent, UK

The Christmas countdown has begun, with just nine shopping days to go until the big day. Brent Cross Shopping Centre in north west London predicts that its shoppers will be spending an average of £350,000 per hour, increasing to £1 million at its peak …

Shoppers find much to dislike about malls

Delaware Online, US

Close your eyes and you could be in any mall, anywhere … That’s the problem. According to Wharton research, consumers are uninspired by the sameness and predictability of shopping malls …

Caution can take the fear out of gift card purchases

Killeen Daily Herald, US

n an age of hustle and bustle, gift cards as holiday presents are becoming more popular. But in an age of plunging commerce, some people fear card recipients will arrive after Christmas to use their cards only to find locked doors and empty buildings …

Macy’s at Woodfield Mall to stay open 24 hours a day until Christmas Eve

Chicago Tribune, US

Macy’s Inc. plans to keep open its Woodfield Mall store 24 hours a day from Saturday morning through Christmas Eve for the first time in a bid to boost holiday sales during one of the grimmest shopping environments in decades …


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Industry Headlines for Dec. 18th


Children may have been good, and yet…

New York Times, US

Louis Niko, who has been playing Santa Claus at the Phillipsburg Mall for the past 12 years, still asks the children who bounce on his lap if they have been naughty or nice, but when it comes to taking their gift requests in these difficult economic times, the man dressed in snow-white whiskers and a bright red suit is no longer making promises …

General Growth fails to reach accord on Vegas loans

Bloomberg, US

General Growth Properties Inc., the second-largest U.S. mall owner, failed to reach unanimous agreement with lenders on extending the maturity of $900 million in loans for properties in Las Vegas that were due on Dec. 12. Asked if the company was in default on the Las Vegas loans, General Growth spokesman Tim Goebel said the lenders “haven’t acted against us and we’re talking” …

Shopping spree defies downturn

Press Association, UK

Retailers reported a week’s bumper Christmas shopping spree that has defied the economic downturn and bucked two months of disappointing retail sales figures. Across the country the high streets and shopping centres have seen the numbers of shoppers exceed expectations with just 10 full shopping days remaining before Christmas …

Casuarina Square cop shop open for business

Northern Territory News, AU

Four police officers are now permanently on the beat at Darwin’s troubled Casuarina Square. The constables will patrol the shopping centre and its surrounds during trading hours. They will work closely with the centre’s 24-hour security and will be based at a new police shopfront beside the Body Shop.

Boxing Day sales come early

Calgary Herald, CA

Retailers are giving Calgary consumers a Christmas gift this year — Boxing Day sales are already taking place. “I think retailers are starting to do all their sales a lot earlier this year, including Boxing Day,” said John Torella, senior partner for the J. C. Williams Group Ltd., a retail consultant in Toronto …

Shopping center hosts temporary pet adoption center

CBS 47, US

It’s a new way to provide permanent homes for pets in the Valley. Amidst the holiday sales, you’ll find a new pet center at the River Park Shopping Center in North Fresno …

O, come to mall, ye faithful

Geelong Advertiser, AU

MORE than 30 people made a congregation at Geelong’s Westfield shopping centre yesterday and celebrated its first mass. Geelong Catholic Deanery has opened the Wing And A Prayer chapel, bookshop and pastoral information source in the Westfield building facing Malop St. St Mary’s parish priest Father Kevin Dillon believes the faith hub might be the first of its kind in Australia …


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More headlines for Dec. 11th


Eastgate shopping centre’s eco loos are best

Echo News, UK

When you’re spending some Christmas pennies this year, you could do a lot worse than go to Basildon’s Eastgate Centre. The toilets in the shopping centre have been voted the best in the UK, beating some 1,700 other entries from businesses and Government departments …

‘Goody hoodies’ out in force at shopping centre

Kent Online, UK

Hoodies may have been banned from Bluewater but they will be out in force in an Ashford shopping centre today. A group of young people will be in County Square to challenge perceptions and remind people of the good work youngsters do …

Stores become more creative to get shoppers to buy

Associated Press, US

Retailers – struggling with the most dramatic retrenchment in spending in decades – are coming up with new tricks to get consumers to buy. Beyond offering deep discounts, they’re increasingly bombarding shoppers with two-for-one promotions and similar deals to get rid of mounds of sweaters and other holiday items …

John Lewis sees effect of VAT cut

Telegraph, UK

The retailer said is was seeing a “clear increase” in the sale of big-ticket items as a result of the Government’s action. The retailer, which is owned by its staff and is seen as a barometer of the UK consumer economy, implemented the VAT cut on Friday, three days before it was officially introduced …

Stores clueless about mobile barcode scanning applications?

New York Times, US

With the rise of app-laden smartphones like the iPhone and Google’s Android OS, now on T-Mobile’s G1, many penny-pinching shoppers have downloaded barcode scanning applications onto their mobile devices. These apps allow consumers to compare the prices of merchandise on a store’s shelf to competing stores in the area just by taking pictures with their smartphone’s camera …


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Industry Headlines for Dec. 11th


Ho Ho Hello: Shopping center Santa sacked for taking a call on his mobile in front of children

Daily Mail, UK

On their magical annual visit to his grotto, children expect to find Santa ready with a cheery greeting, a booming laugh and a neatly-wrapped gift. They certainly don’t expect him to be on his mobile phone to the JobCentre …

More national chains find small-town success

News Journal, US

More national retailers and restaurants are setting up shop in smaller towns such as Henderson, bringing jobs and increased sales. And as more people decide to settle in low-density areas of the state, retail analysis say the trend is likely to stick around …

Retail sales rise despite slowdown

Herald Sun, AU

Retail sales have surprisingly climbed – and could rise again after today’s interest rate cuts. Retail sales climbed by 0.7 per cent, seasonally adjusted, in October, to $18.403 billion, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said …

This season’s must-have: the humble coupon

New York Times, US

The faltering economy could mean renewed interest in coupons as shoppers refocus on the cost of the products they buy — that is, if they do actually buy anything these days. Coupons that offer cents off — or percents off — the price of things like groceries, clothing and restaurant meals are particularly popular when consumers need to stretch their dollars …

Competition sees new life for aging malls

Arizona Central, US

Imagine Scottsdale stripped of strip malls. A group of architects and designers have taken a soft step in that direction, offering ideas for transforming aging strip malls into vibrant and sustainable community assets. It’s part of Flip a Strip, a design competition sponsored by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art …


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