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San Jacinto Mall Hosts a ‘Merry Last Christmas Event’ Dec. 14 Before Closing Permanently

BAYTOWN, Texas -- San Jacinto Mall is hosting a "Merry Last Christmas Event" on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from noon to 2 pm. The event will give shoppers an opportunity to celebrate 38 years of memories and to bid farewell to Baytown's once premier shopping center before it permanently closes its doors on January 5, 2020.

San Jacinto Mall is undergoing a major redevelopment. It will reopen as San Jacinto Marketplace, an open-air, cutting-edge shopping destination featuring a wide variety of tenants.

"The Merry Last Christmas Event is our way of thanking all of our amazing customers for their continued support and patronage throughout all these years," said Mary Evans, General Manager of San Jacinto Mall. "It was a pleasure serving our local community, and we are excited to have shoppers at the new San Jacinto Marketplace in the future."

At the Merry Last Christmas Event, families will enjoy a complimentary kids' craft activity, face painting, balloon artist, story time with Santa, and an elfie-selfie station. Santa will be in Santa's Village near Bath & Body Works for visits and photos. In honor of its 38th year, the first 100 people through the doors on December 14 will receive a commemorative tote bag. Thirty-eight bags will contain surprise treat.

Photos Needed for Commemorative Collage

The mall is planning a commemorative photo collage display and is asking for the community's help. San Jacinto Mall is asking shoppers to send in photos taken at the mall over the past 38 years to commemorate the fun times enjoyed during the nearly four decades that the mall has been open. Include your full name and phone number with your photo. Label photos with the names of any people shown and the year it was taken, if possible.

The photos will be included on a "38 Years of Memories" page on the San Jacinto Mall's website. Mail photos to: San Jacinto Mall, Attn: Photo Memories, 1496 San Jacinto Mall, Baytown, TX 77521. Or email photos to Please put "Photo Memories" in the subject line. Sorry, photos cannot be returned.

Calling Local Entertainment to Perform Live Dec. 14

San Jacinto Mall is also looking for local schools, churches, dance and theatre troupes to step into the spotlight and create a memorable experience for shoppers on December 14. Contact Petra in the Management Office at 281-369-5831 about performing at San Jacinto Mall.

San Jacinto Mall is located at I-10 East and Garth Road in Baytown, Texas. For more information, call (281) 421-3908 or visit Events are subject to change.

About San Jacinto Mall

In its heyday, San Jacinto Mall was a bustling town center for the residents of Baytown, Texas. However, over the past two decades, the property fell into disrepair, losing retailers, and market share. Fidelis Realty Partners purchased the property in 2015, with the intent to do a major renovation. In early 2019, after years of planning and negotiations, Phase 1 of the renovation was implemented. Approximately a third of the mall was demolished leaving just a dozen stores remaining.

San Jacinto Mall will officially close its doors forever, January 5, 2020, making Holiday 2019 the center's 38th and final Christmas Season. In its place, Fidelis is developing San Jacinto Marketplace, an open-air a family-friendly leading shopping destination with a wide variety of tenants. Some stores are expected to open as early as Fall 2020.

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Arizona Native Celebrates Three Decades of Promoting Shopping to Travelers Worldwide

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Arizona native and Scottsdale resident Kathy Anderson, President of Anderson Retail Tourism Marketing, is celebrating 30 years in a unique aspect of the travel and tourism industry - Shopping Tourism. Traditionally, one thinks of a travel and tourism businesses as being airlines, hotels, rental cars, attractions and of course, destination marketing organizations like convention and visitors bureaus (CVB's).

However, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Travel and Tourism, shopping and dining are two of the top three activities done by both domestic and international travelers, contributing greatly to a destination's tax revenue. When this data emerged in the early 90's, Anderson utilized her marketing expertise and built a company dedicated to creating and implementing strategic tourism marketing programs exclusively for shopping centers, retailers and restaurants throughout the U.S.

Anderson's entre into the travel and tourism industry began as Fashion Director at Saks Fifth Avenue in Phoenix. It was the late 80's when resorts such as the Ritz Carlton and The Phoenician were opening, Anderson identified that visitors to these new resorts, as well as existing properties such as the Arizona Biltmore, would be including shopping on their travel itineraries and could contribute additional sales to Saks revenue. She began packaging special amenities and services for the resort guests to increase awareness and visitation to the store.

After leaving Saks Fifth Avenue in 1990, Anderson assumed the role as marketing director for Scottsdale Fashion Square, managed at that time by Westcor Properties. As part of the property's first redevelopment and expansion, she developed the center's tourism program, creating marketing partnerships not only with local resorts, but also travel professionals in the U.S., Mexico and Europe. She attended trade shows in Mexico City, Berlin, London and throughout the U.S. with the Arizona Office of Tourism and Scottsdale CVB to generate pre-arrival awareness, traffic, and ultimately increased sales to Scottsdale Fashion Square's retailers and restaurants. As a result of her efforts, she received several awards from the Scottsdale CVB and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Anderson's next venture in 1996 was as marketing director with The Rouse Company's Arizona Center, where she attained a stronger knowledge of the group and convention business in downtown Phoenix, working closely with the Phoenix CVB and Convention Center. During this time, the U.S. Department of Commerce began research that indicated the importance of retail sales to shopping destinations along with tax revenue generated specifically by international visitors. As a result, in 1996 Anderson started her own company, AZ Travel Marketing, which later became Anderson Retail Tourism Marketing (ARTM). The company specializes in developing and implementing tourism marketing programs and public relations for shopping center developers and their tenants.

Anderson Retail Tourism Marketing's first national account was with The Rouse Company's 18 festival marketplaces located in Boston, NYC, Baltimore, Miami, New Orleans and other key travel destinations. In 1999, Anderson co-founded the Shop America Alliance, an organization promoting tourism at over 200 shopping centers and retailers nationwide. She assisted in the development of Shop America Tours in 2001 and added Fashion Show Las Vegas to the ARTM client roster. In 20015, when The Rouse Company was acquired by General Growth Properties (now owned by Brookfield Retail Properties), ARTM was responsible for integrating the two companies' tourism programs and created an award-winning tourism campaign branded as "America's Premier Shopping Places," representing 24 properties, which was recognized with a MAXI award by the International Council of Shopping Centers.

In 2010, ARTM created another award-winning tourism program for Westfield San Francisco Centre, resulting in the development of a national tourism campaign for select U.S. Westfield centers and airport retail, branded as the "Westfield Travel Collection". That same year, Anderson was also recognized as "Shopping Tourism Person of The Year" by the Shop America Alliance. In 2012, ARTM developed and launched a tourism campaign for Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center, owned by the Irvine Company. The company expanded its portfolio again in 2016, to create new tourism campaigns for two luxury shopping destinations owned by Oliver McMillan, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta and River Oaks District Houston.

In 2017, Anderson founded the USA Luxury Shopping Consortium,, which is comprised of 10 luxury shopping centers and retail districts located in key travel destinations throughout the U.S. The Consortium and its partners are "Preferred Shopping Destinations" of Virtuoso Travel Network, the world's leader in luxury travel bookings, and was recognized as Virtuoso's "2018 Most Innovative Global Alliances Partner." Last year, ARTM also assisted Oliver McMillan (now owned by Brookfield Retail Properties) with the development of a global tourism program for a mixed-use development, Fifth + Broadway Nashville, scheduled to open in 2020. Most recently, the company developed a strategic tourism plan for Swire Properties' luxury retail project, Brickell City Centre in Miami and is currently consulting with Visit California on tourism strategies for the state's retail industry.

Anderson's career has taken her to 23 countries on 4 continents as well as 34 states in the U.S., where she maintains business relationships with key travel trade and media. She is an active member in a variety of retail and travel industry organizations. Anderson holds a degree in Fashion Merchandising and a Certified Marketing Director (CMD) designation from the International Council of Shopping Centers. She has been married 40 years and has two adult children-coincidentally-one in the hospitality industry in Scottsdale and one in the shopping center industry in Las Vegas.

Learn more about Anderson Retail Tourism Marketing at: or contact at: 480-588-5507.

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The World’s Largest Animated Holiday Light Show is Coming to Glendale

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- World of Illumination, the world's largest drive-through animated light show, is breaking ground today at its brand new location in Glendale. Located at the Westgate Shopping Center at 9121 West Glendale Avenue, the new attraction features nearly 2 million lights and is fully synchronized to popular and beloved holiday music, creating an unforgettable, magical experience for people of all ages.

Exclusive to the new Glendale location is a 36-foot tall animated Snowman, also the largest in the world. The entire experience is approximately one mile long and takes about 25 minutes to complete. This year, World of Illumination is also introducing a 3D component to its light show.

"We are so excited to bring World of Illumination to Glendale," said Simon Kreisberger, co-founder of World of Illumination. "Westgate is the center of this vibrant community and the perfect backdrop for the west valley's newest holiday tradition."

In addition to its Glendale home, World of Illumination is returning for the third year to the east valley at Tempe Diablo Stadium. While both have the same number of RBG LED lights that can be customized to 16 million shades of color, the shows feature different elements so visitors can enjoy a distinct experience at each location. It is also one of the most energy-efficient light displays on the planet.

World of Illumination is open nightly, including holidays, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weeknights and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends beginning November 20, 2019 through January 5, 2020.

Ticket prices start at $22.99 per vehicle on weeknights and $32.99 per car on weekends and holidays, and can be purchased at

A portion of proceeds benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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About World of Illumination:
With offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, World of Illumination is the world's largest animated holiday light show, featuring millions of state-of-the-art lights and displays set to holiday music. Learn more at:

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INDE Pioneers Augmented Reality Display Advertising with 7 Nationwide Brookfield Mall Properties in US

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Leading Augmented Reality company INDE is proud to announce a partnership with Brookfield Properties to launch the world's first augmented reality display network. Brookfield is a premier retail property operating company with whom INDE will launch an Augmented Reality advertising network of 7 high-traffic screens in flagship malls across 6 US states with more to follow.

Using the most advanced AR technology, INDE has designed a system that delivers branded immersive experiences on any large-format digital display in any retail space - a cutting-edge media space unlike anything currently on the market. The launch is a huge step towards the future of interactive multi-subject advertising, redefining total engagement with on-screen media, and significantly increasing the value of that media space.

"For many years we've prided ourselves on massive engagement rates with our systems. Now it's time to use that engagement power to benefit potential advertisers and consumers alike. This network provides a unique approach to launching campaigns. National coverage, engaged consumers and the potential for more," said Alex Poulson, CEO of INDE.

AR advertising provides the ultimate and highest-quality solution for brands seeking to revolutionise the way they engage and entertain to the world. The AR media screens in the Brookfield network will provide app- and download-free interactions with 3D content that increases dwell times by 15-20 minutes, resulting in increased engagement with associated advertising and brands.

Statistical data obtained from over 200 large-screen AR installations worldwide suggests that 95% of viewers express an overwhelmingly positive reaction to AR content. Consequently the advertising media around Augmented Reality is able to benefit from significantly higher viewer engagement compared to traditional ad spots.

All Augmented Reality screens will come ready to display a range of ready-made AR content from INDE's award-winning 3D library. INDE will also be offering custom-developed 3D content and on-screen branding opportunities, as well as remote content updates across the screen network.

INDE's large-screen AR system has been a trusted tool used by National Geographic, Universal, Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, Pizza Hut, Adidas, Coca-Cola and more. Their products and experiences endeavour to create deeper, more engaging interaction between people and three-dimensional digital content. INDE currently operates offices in the United Kingdom, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Budapest.

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U.S. Properties Group Unveils $2.5M Plaza Renovation June 13, 2019 at The Streets of Indian Lake, Hendersonville, Tennessee

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. -- U.S. Properties Group announces the Grand Opening celebration of the new Center Stage plaza at The Streets of Indian Lake shopping center in Hendersonville, Tennessee on Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 4-7 p.m.

This investment brings state-of-the-art features that today's shopper seeks out and will see this Nashville suburb lifestyle center as the preferred destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

The new large high-tech staging allows accommodations for larger, more prominent acts. Visitors can enjoy new pathways, defined by lush greenery and colorful flowers, meander and lead to various gathering areas to socialize and connect. Its informal and organic redesign allows for programmed events, such as group yoga, concerts, outdoor theater, and movie nights; while also providing an interesting and beautiful space where people will want to just hang out.

About The Streets of Indian Lake:

The Streets of Indian Lake in Hendersonville, Tenn. - Nashville North was the first and only Lifestyle Center in the 50-mile area. Conveniently located off route 65 in north Nashville, amid inviting gathering spots, wide sidewalks and convenient parking in close proximity to individual shops and eateries, The Streets offers a unique range of over 40 premium shops, spas, and restaurants, such as Sam's Sports Grill, Victoria's Secret, Regal Cinemas, Barnes & Noble, Bink's Outfitters, SkinWorks Wellness & Aesthetics, Chico's, LOFT, and much more.

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U.S. Properties Group owns approximately three million square feet. Redeveloping shopping centers in 11 states and managing over 350 tenant relationships, USPG covers the Midwest and Southeast United States, which includes Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Founded to create value and realize the "Upcycling" of shopping center assets, USPG acquires developments, renovates, and manages property to enhance values while restoring community marketplaces with best-of-class tenants and services.

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