The ‘build it and they will come’ approach to shopping centre development doesn’t seem to work anymore; there are simply too many players vying for the same consumer dollars. However, when new development concepts are at the core of community regeneration, they have a much better chance of breaking rank from the mall clones and offering a unique destination to shop, play and live.
Stand at any Western petrol station these days and, if you listen carefully, you can almost hear the echo of Middle Eastern economies clicking as fast as the pump. With oil prices trading high, indicators across the Gulf region are pointing to one thing: a continued boom in all sectors, including retail.
From a kid’s perspective, going shopping at the mall can sometimes be boring. Dalton Park is a prime example of making things right for kids.
Baby boomers are the largest generation in history, so it’s no surprise that retailers are keen to accommodate them.
Town East Mall unveils family restroom kitted out with amenities for adults and their infant or toddler children.
Westmount Shopping Centre’s childcare facility, Let’s Play, gives mothers a chance to enjoy some easy shopping. The return has been outstanding: sales were up $5 million from last year, and mall visits increased by 700,000.
South Towne Center’s community was hyped for the grand opening of JCPenney, leading to a 63.7 percent increase in sales for the month.