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Ping pong club rounds out leasing at Philadelphia center

BY Al Urbanski

Spin, an entertainment concept that had its genesis in “Naked Ping Pong” parties in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood, has taken the ground floor space to close out leasing at a new retail venue in Philadelphia.

The glass-fronted, 55,000-sq.-ft. center in Rittenhouse Square, owned by an affiliate of Midwood Investment & Development, is co-anchored by The Cheesecake Factory and Verizon. Also inhabiting the three-story building is &Pizza and WeWork, a collaborative work space.

Philadelphia is the sixth location for Spin, which first opened in New York in 2009. The concept mixes food and beverage with ping pong, and is known for live events such as art shows, ballet battles, and, naturally, ping pong tournaments.

Spin’s other locations are in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Toronto.

Leasing was handled by MSC Retail, which bills itself as an aggregation of artists, dealmakers, restaurateurs, and retail minds “whole lot of other trendsetters.”


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Holiday spending surpasses expectations

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Initial reports about holiday spending bode well for retailers.

Consumers spent 16% more on holiday purchases this year than in 2015, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers Post-Holiday Shopping Survey.

The report finds that consumers spent an average of $711 on gifts and other holiday-related items this holiday season. This represents a 16% increase over 2015’s post-holiday survey results ($611) and is 4% ($27) above holiday shoppers’ intentions as measured in ICSC’s Holiday Shopping Intentions Survey in October.

In total, consumers spent an average of $897 on gifts and related items, dining, movies and other entertainment experiences at malls and shopping centers this holiday season.

Gen X spent the most, averaging $1,000, followed by Baby Boomers ($875) and Millennials ($867). Experiences accounted for 20% of total consumer holiday expenditure, with Millennials topping this spending category at $220, data showed.

“Consumer confidence continued to improve into December, and we saw this optimism reflected in the holiday spending numbers,” said Tom McGee, president and CEO of ICSC. “The strong holiday shopping sea-son suggests a positive environment for retail sales overall.”

More than half (51%) of all holiday shoppers waited until the days lead-ing up to Christmas to complete their shopping, reinforcing the need for retailers to keep pace with technology as it continues to change purchas-ing habits and give consumers more options. Almost 70% of total holi-day related expenditures occurred in stores with both a physical and an online presence. The physical store proved paramount to the shopping experience again this year, with 91% of holiday shoppers spending at physical stores, the exact same percentage as 2015, the report said.

Omnichannel retailers also stepped up their buy online, pick-up in-store services. Among shoppers using this service, 61% made an additional purchase in-person (75% of Millennials, specifically).

In fact, 81% of Millennials visited a shopping center this holiday season, more than any other generation, including Baby Boomers (62%) and Gen X (73%). While Millennials rely on technology and mobile as part of the shopping experience, either research or purchasing, 77% said it is im-portant to buy online from stores that have a physical presence, data re-vealed.

Millennials also used a mobile device while shopping in-stores (86%), and 96% made a purchase from those retailers. Of those who used a de-vice in a store:

• 52% compared prices

• 40% checked availability/inventory

• 37% got digital discounts or coupons

• 33% read reviews/ratings

“The convergence of physical and digital continues to be important as consumers have come to expect an integrated experience allowing them to buy products through a variety of channels,” said McGee. “The survey data proves that omnichannel retailers are the real winners this season as they offer purchasing options that satisfy the shopping behaviors of all generations.”

Among the 70% of consumers that visited shopping centers this holiday season, 73% shopped, 45% dined at a restaurant or other eating estab-lishment, and 26% saw a movie. Among shoppers, the most purchased categories were gift cards (63%), apparel and footwear (50%), and toys and games (44%), the study said.

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Concerns raised over Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops deal

BY CSA STAFF

Federal regulators have raised questions over Bass Pro Shops' $4.5 billion deal to acquire Cabela's Inc.

In a regulatory filing Friday, Cabela's said the Federal Trade Commission had requested additional information from both Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops, according to Foxnews.com.

Capital One Financial Corp., which is also buying some financial assets as part of the deal, also told Cabela's that it expects a delay in the deal's final approval, the report said.

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