Category Archives: Holiday Shopping

Black Friday Shopping Bonanza: a JLL Recap

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Black Friday is either the busiest or second busiest shopping day of the year – depending on who you ask – but there is little debate that it’s, well, busy. Every year, JLL asks some of the busiest folks around – our mall general managers – to give us the inside scoop on what’s going on at properties and retailers across the country. Here’s what we found out.

Two-thirds of centers reported… Read More

JLL Adds Unsuspecting Shoppers to the “Nice List” this Holiday Season

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This holiday season if you are doing your gift shopping at a JLL-managed center you might just get a little something extra for yourself. JLL-managed centers across the country will be giving away gift cards to spontaneously delight and surprise shoppers this November and December. Santa, or one of many JLL “elves”, will be handing out the cards – but there’s a catch – shoppers will be encouraged to redeem the… Read More

Forecast: JLL Expects Increase in 2016 Retail Holiday Sales

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holiday-forecast-2016-marquee-image-v2While retailer and consumer spending expectations denote the importance of the holiday shopping season, a divide exists between the two regarding when the season actually commences. According to JLL’s annual Holiday Forecast, the vast majority of consumers, more than two-thirds, believe the season starts after Thanksgiving, while little more… Read More

Slow and Steady to Kick-Off Black Friday Promotions

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This week, after taking a tour around Town Center Boca Raton in Palm Beach County, it was clear that retailers – at least, most of them –were readying themselves for the holiday season.

Holiday Sales 13 Top Findings for the Start of Thanksgiving week:
  1. Red will be big this holiday. Sales were definitely in effect. Most retailers had some level of promotion, regardless of price-point; some
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JLL-Managed Centers are “The Holiday Hot Spots” for Seasonal Shopping

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Holiday Promo GraphicsAs shoppers get into the spirit of the holiday season, JLL has positioned its centers under management as The Holiday Hot Spot: Connecting You to All Things Holiday. JLL’s new Holiday Hot Spot campaign provides shoppers at JLL-managed centers with a one-stop shop for all this season’s must-have gifts, but also offers a… Read More

Retailers Keep it Simple for Shoppers this Holiday Season

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Shoppers have more money in their pockets this holiday season, as unemployment remains at a post-recession low and fuel prices remain low. However, in a competitive retail market, standing out among the competition is a major feat. According to new data from JLL’s 2015 Holiday Sentiment Report, which includes feedback from largely national or global retailers in JLL-managed shopping centers across the United States, this year’s differentiator will hinge on simplifying… Read More

Will Black Friday Ever Come Back?

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There’ll be fewer Tryptophan-induced food comas for many this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend. Nearly one-third of retailers surveyed by JLL say they plan to open on Thanksgiving Day in order to get a jump on Black Friday sales. JLL’s 2015 Holiday Sentiment Report, which includes feedback from largely national or global retailers in JLL-managed shopping centers across the United States, also reveals more than half of those retailers expect an uptick in… Read More

Retail Workers of America, We Thank You

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JLL asked shopping center retailers, “What is the craziest thing you’ve seen a customer do during the holidays?” After reviewing the responses, we wish to extend our gratitude to each and every person on the front lines of commerce. You guys put up with a lot.

Top 4 Categories of Customer Craziness

You would be forgiven if you mistook these statistics for an Alcatraz cell block report. The top responses fell within… Read More

Holiday Pulse: Greg Maloney’s Five Black Friday Trends

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Yesterday, I traveled around Atlanta to get a feel for how Black Friday was performing and live tweeted my experience. I spent 12 hours shopping, and put more than 200 miles on my car while covering the entire north side of the city. Here are my five key takeaways:

1. Thanksgiving day openings just took away from Black Friday door busters, but those that didn’t open Thursday were packed, Home Depot to name one.

2. The only stores… Read More