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SCW CASE STUDY: You Gotta Have A Gimmick
Home. It conjures up verses of holiday jingles, Norman Rockwell paintings and the aroma of backyard barbecues. And, of course, there's the sweet electronic
In a nation of immigrants, white is still the predominant color. According to the 2000 census, 75.1 percent of Americans were Caucasian. But minority
Angling for Osceola
After eight years of promises, postponements and disappointment, Florida’s Osceola County is finally getting its convention center. On January 12, Austin-based
Brits See Red Over Bluewater Developer
In England, where retail development is often trumped by concerns about preserving open spaces and architectural heritage, the massive Bluewater center,
A Win for Westfield?
On Dec. 18, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) unveiled nine proposals by seven teams for redesigning the World Trade Center site. And
New Life for a Legendary Seaside City
Would you bet $1.2 billion to develop 56 acres in a city of 17,000 where the median household income is $23,000 and only 58 percent of the residents are
The Art of Shopping
Shopping is an art; an art of seduction, designers will tell you. The tricks of the trade the soothing architecture of the store, the mannequins, the
New WTC Designs Unveiled
Yesterday, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation unveiled designs for the World Trade Center site by some of the world’s best-known and most innovative
Mills to buy six malls for $621 million, and expand further in U.S. and abroad
Mills Corp. has purchased six malls and one community center for $621 million. Five of the six super-regional malls included in the deal were purchased
Shoppers demonstratedgood will last weekend.But will Black Friday’s celebratory mood last?
Black Friday lived up to its name. With ShopperTrak RCT reporting a 12.3 percent rise in sales the day after Thanksgiving when, tradition has it, red
Apple's store score
Apple Computer is beginning to falter. Again. After returning to profitability in early 2001 by seducing consumers with candy-colored iMacs and must-have
Circuit City's Christmas Grinch
The Xbox saved Christmas last year. The same won't be true for electronics chains this year. On November 5, Circuit City forecasted a loss of five cents
The year ahead in retail real estate
It all depends on the consumer. And the consumer is not looking like somebody you can really count on. After heroically propping up the economy for most
Bauer fights back
A recent report by Morgan Stanley analysts Matthew Ostrower and Alan Calderon forecasted a grim future for Eddie Bauer. Based on conversations with REIT
New York's Retail Recovery
New York is a state of two competing personalities. That split is apparent in everything from politics (progressive in New York City and conservative
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