Placing the Value in Urban Retail

Value Retail News, May 2017 • Guest Column

By Karen E. Fluharty

We’ve seen the headlines regarding the challenges of the full-price, brick-and-mortar retail industry. As a majority of U.S. media continues to frame our current retail climate as bleak and unrecoverable, specifically reporting on the slowing of new project groundbreakings, store expansions and the lack of newly-conceived retail concepts, we, as an industry, believe outlet remains a viable retail channel. In fact, according to Wall Street Journal Reporter Esther Fung, “one corner of the industry is thriving: outlet centers."

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Outlets of Maui Introduces an Outdoor Market

Publish Date: October 27, 2016

Outlets of Maui recently put into place new market programming that includes a new Outlet Outdoor Market. In an effort to build additional traffic and provide visitors with a true, authentic Maui experience shoppers can enjoy both outlet shopping and a taste of local culture every Wednesday from 4-7:30 p.m.  

The new programming attracts visitors and area residents by celebrating rich Hawaiian heritage featuring local artisan crafts, live music, free hula shows, chef demonstrations and more.


The Village Shops at Dartmouth Crossing to Convert to Outlet

Publish Date: September 29, 2016


The Village Shops at Dartmouth Crossing will convert to an outlet shopping center known as The Outlets at Dartmouth Crossing, according to a joint announcement from Centrecorp Management Services Limited, North American Development Group, Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust and Strategy+Style Marketing Group.

The remerchandising is expected to be completed by the fall of 2017.

The Outlets at Dartmouth Crossing, located in the heart of Dartmouth Crossing—one of Canada’s largest commercial retail hubs with over 1.8 million sf of GLA—will feature approximately 275,000 sf of dedicated outlet retail in an open-air environment.

Once the conversion is complete, including new additions Gap Factory Store and Guess, The Outlets at Dartmouth Crossing will house a collection of approximately 60 leading designer and brand name outlet stores. The converted center will continue to house brands such as Banana Republic Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Roots 73 and Boutique La Vie En Rose.

“We are committed,” said Glenn Munro, North American Development Group managing partner of Eastern Canada.  “Our objective is to fill a retail void in the marketplace.  Repositioning the Dartmouth Village project into an outlet center—one that will serve as Atlantic Canada’s sole outlet center location—will successfully round out a full range of retail options available to the Halifax region shoppers and tourists, satisfying their demand for brand-name merchandise at significant saving opportunities.”

Halifax is home to 45 percent of Nova Scotia’s permanent population, plus the region welcomes over four million visitors per year, according to Karen Fluharty, partner of Strategy+Style Marketing Group.  

“With a strong mix of outlet retailers like Banana Republic Factory Store and Tommy Hilfiger already in place and performing impressively, we’re confident The Outlets at Dartmouth Crossing will quickly become a popular shopping location throughout the Greater Nova Scotia region,” she said.