Attendance at RECon, which will launch on May 19 in Las Vegas, is expected to be the highest it has been since before the recession, at 33,000. Also, some 1,000 companies will be exhibiting at the conference.
ICSC is expecting 33,000 attendees at this year's RECon, May 18-20 in Las Vegas, with nearly 1,100 companies exhibiting -- 4.4% more than last year -- and more than 803,600 square feet of space leased, an 8% increase over the level in 2013. Attendees report having packed their schedules with meetings. "RECon is one of the premier deal-making opportunities," says Kevin Maggiacomo, president and CEO of Sperry Van Ness. "It sets the tone for the industry for the rest of the year."
Sonae Sierra Brasil's Boulevard Londrina Shopping, in Paraná, Brazil, has opened its doors. The retail center is 88% leased to such tenants as Centauro, Arezzo, Riachuelo, Artex, Renner, Marisa, Magazine Luiza, Kalunga and Hering.
Nanuet Mall in Rockland County, N.Y., is being redeveloped by Simon Property Group into The Shops at Nanuet. The new concept is an "open-air regional main street," designed to differentiate the retail center from nearby competitors.