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Rascal Flatts to land at Celebration Pointe

BY Al Urbanski

Rascall Flats will be appearing in an extended engagement, band members hope, in Gainesville, Florida.

The famed country band chose Celebration Pointe, an under-development town center heavy on dining and entertainment options, as the site for one of the first Rascall Flatts Bar & Grills The very first is due to open in Cleveland, with Los Angeles and Connecticut to follow.

“It’s like a concert venue,” band member Jay DeMarcus told Nash Country Daily. “You can do live music in there. It’s just an American bar and restaurant. The menu is influenced by the three of us and some of our favorites that our families made over the years.”

Other food venues destined for Celebration Pointe are MidiCi Pizza, Liquid Ginger Restaurant, Miller’s Ale House, Reggae Shack Café, and Kilwins Quality Confections.

“Our goal is to bring quality and diversity to the overall tenant mix. We will be making additional tenant announcements very soon,” said the project’s director of retail leasing Denny Moore.

When fully built-out, Celebration Pointe will contain nearly 1,000 luxury residences — from townhomes to “flats” above main street retail to single family residences. It will also house more than 300,000-sq.-ft. of Class A office space and several hotels.


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Forever 21 to launch new store concept

BY Marianne Wilson

Forever 21 has entered into a partnership with mall owner GGP Inc. to debut a new, freestanding brick-and-mortar retail format.

The Los Angeles-based fast-fashion giant will launch Riley Rose, a beauty boutique, at 13 GGP regional shopping centers, with 10 locations opening in 2017. According to a report by newbeauty.com, the new concept will be experiential, millennial-focused and Instagram-friendly.

“Forever 21 is always ready to expand into new concepts, and has partnered with GGP to open stores in 13 of their top tier locations,” said Do Won Chang, CEO of Forever 21. “These new, experiential spaces will be focused on accessories, cosmetics and home goods for the millennial consumer. We will open 10 stores in 2017, and follow up with three more in 2018.”

“Customers have come to expect lifestyle options at their regional shopping centers,” said Sandeep Mathrani, CEO of GGP, which currently owns and operates 127 retail properties in 40 states. “Millennials have embraced the Forever 21 brand, and GGP is thrilled with the introduction of Riley Rose. We know our shoppers will enjoy it.”

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Forum Shops celebrates 25 years

BY Al Urbanski

When Simon opened the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in 1992, the Las Vegas Strip was still a place where one could find $2 blackjack tables and $1.99 steak dinners. Simon Properties took a chance, brought luxury retail to the Strip, and helped pioneer full-price retail on the famed boulevard.

RECon’s in town this week, and Forum Shops is taking the occasion to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. The must-stop for luxury shoppers houses more than 160 shops of the likes of Versace, Armani, Gucci, and Valentino. But the tenant mix keeps evolving. New and about-to-open tenants include Modernist Cuisine Gallery, Lululemon, Harley Davidson, and The Otheroom.

Also new to the center is an 85-ft.-tall, 41-ft.-wide marquee pylon sign supported by Corinthian columns.

If you’re at the show and you stop by The Forum Shops, be sure to enter for a chance to win a $2,500 shopping spree available to shoppers who spend $250 or more.


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