Privacy Concerns Could Chill E-Retail
San Francisco, The threat of identity theft has moved to the forefront of consumers’ minds, and that could spell bad news for e-retailing. A new survey by San Francisco-based on-line privacy organization TRUSTe and Greenwich, Conn.-based marketing-information company TNS found that 58% of consumers may reduce their on-line shopping this holiday season due to identity theft and other privacy concerns. That’s up from 49% who said the same thing last year.
Fear of spyware and spam are discouraging holiday shoppers from going on line, too, the survey of 1,071 consumers found. Forty-four percent of respondents said that they would avoid on-line shopping because they were afraid they might inadvertently download spyware. And 42% of consumers cited fear of receiving spam after purchasing from a Web site.
Eight percent of those polled are so spooked by e-retail that they plan to avoid the medium entirely.
CBL Acquires Malls in Texas, Missouri
Chattanooga, Tenn., CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. is spending $249.4 million to acquire Mall Del Norte in Laredo, Texas, and Northpark Mall in Joplin, Mo. At just under 1.2 million sq. ft., Mall Del Norte is currently 88% occupied and features Dillard’s, Foley’s, J.C. Penney, Mervyn’s and Sears as anchor tenants. Northpark Mall, which totals 991,100 sq. ft. and is currently 77% occupied, is anchored by Famous Barr, J.C. Penney, Sears and Hollywood Theaters.
New York Toy Story Will Unwrap on Thanksgiving
New York City, FAO Schwarz is unveiling its redesigned flagship store on Fifth Avenue at 58th Street in New York. City. The store is scheduled to open its doors at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25. Its launch follows the Oct. 22 reopening of FAO Schwarz’s Las Vegas store, located within The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
“We are building on the store’s 142-year legacy, preserving the tradition of exceptional quality and service that has always defined FAO Schwarz while enhancing the store experience for a new generation,” said Jerry Welch, FAO Schwarz’s CEO. “At the same time, our new Web site and the FAO Schwarz catalog give us additional channels to reach customers across the globe.”
The store, which was redesigned in collaboration with the Rockwell Group, features a breathtaking Grand Hall adorned with more than 20,000 computer-controlled colored lights, a giant dance-on piano keyboard, and “FAO Schweetz,” a classic New York ice-cream parlor serving desserts.
FAO Schwarz was founded by Frederick August Otto Schwarz, who opened his first store in Baltimore in 1862 and relocated to lower Manhattan in 1870. The New York City flagship store moved to its current location in 1986.