ICSC ‘Brands’ Hot Retailers

Winners Announced at RECon

LAS VEGAS--()--The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has announced the winners of its 2010 “Hot Retailer” awards, which recognize innovative retail concepts that are driving consumers into shopping centers around the world. Based on a survey of ICSC’s worldwide members, six retailers were chosen as the “hottest” concepts and will receive the award during ICSC’s Global Retail Real Estate Convention, RECon, on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“ICSC is pleased to announce and award its ‘Hot Retailer Award’ to retailers that have worked hard to create products and services that drive customers to shopping centers around the world,” said Michael P. Kercheval, ICSC’s president and CEO. “These retailers create exciting and interesting shopping experiences that contribute to the success of the shopping centers that have them as tenants. ICSC is pleased to add these five retailers to our annual list of ‘Hot Retailers’ and spotlight them during RECon,” Kercheval added.

This year’s Hottest Retailers are:

Edible Arrangements

Edible Arrangements® has a fresh fruit bouquet to make any occasion special - from birthdays, anniversaries and congratulations to business events and client gifts. Bouquets are made fresh with premium fruit arranged in a variety of stunning displays. Customers can visit one of the chain’s 940 stores worldwide, order online or via phone. Each bouquet can be complemented with chocolate dipped fruit including dipped strawberries, dipped pineapple daisies, dipped banana slices, dipped Granny Smith apple wedges and more! Make every occasion special with Edible Arrangements®.

As the pioneer and leader in hand-sculpted, fresh-fruit arrangements, Edible Arrangements experienced strong growth in 2009 with the opening of 74 new stores and franchise agreements for more than 85 locations in the U.S. and internationally. In addition, development agreements have been signed with new and existing franchisees for the opening of more than 85 stores in the U.S., Rome, Hong Kong and Turkey. For more information, visit http://www.ediblearrangements.com/.

Flip Flop Shops

Live…Work…Play With Your Toes Exposed ® and the freedom of flip flops on your feet is Flip Flop Shops motto. Flip Flop Shops is North America’s first retail chain exclusive to the hottest brands and latest styles of flip flops and sandals from big names such as REEF, Sanuk, Flojos, VANS, Havaianas, Olukai, Cobain and O’NEILL. Founded in 2004, the company is experiencing robust growth through franchising, a program initiated in January 2008. With 14 shops currently operating and 40 more in development, the company plans to open 236 shops by 2013. The company’s executive team boasts more than 50 years of franchise experience building and growing some of the world’s fastest-growing franchise concepts. For more information, visit www.flipflopshops.com.

Charming Charlie

Founded in Houston, Texas in 2004, Charming Charlie is a unique fashion accessory boutique designed to help a woman complete an outfit for any occasion. To help shoppers navigate the overwhelming and fabulous selection of fashion jewelry, handbags and more – Charming Charlie merchandises by color, not category. So, looking for accessories to accent a yellow dress? Visit the yellow section. For more information, visit http://www.charmingcharlie.com/.

Sunflower Farmers Markets

Sunflower Farmers Markets is a rapidly growing chain of full-service grocery stores offering consumers the highest quality natural and organic products at the lowest possible price. The company, founded in 2002, is a pioneer in developing the emerging value segment of the natural and organic foods retailing industry. They have remained true to their motto “Serious Food…Silly Prices®” since the market’s inception. The company has 29 retail stores located throughout Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Texas (operated as Newflower Farmers Markets). For more information, visit http://www.sfmarkets.com/.

Too Hotties

Too Hotties Haircuts is the most unique and cutting edge men's hair salon in the country and is no ordinary barbershop. Every salon has a pool table, a couple of massage chairs, a shoe-shine stand, a peanut-butter-and-jelly bar and three high-def TVs with an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. From the "guy’s night out" atmosphere to the professional Too Hotties staff, the visit is sure to be memorable. Too Hotties has been chosen by Franchise Times Magazine as one of the 55 fastest growing franchises in America today, with stores in Arizona, Florida, Missouri, Nevada, Texas, and Virginia with many more states and locations coming soon. Fore more information, visit http://toohotties.com/.

Best Buy Express

Best Buy Express is a vending machine kiosk that stocks cell phone and computer accessories, digital cameras, headphones and travel adapters, among other gadgets. Best Buy’s partner in the venture is Zoom Systems, a San Francisco–based vending machine company. The concept was rolled out in 2008 at 12 major U.S. airports in cities including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and San Francisco. With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, China and Mexico, Best Buy is a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services with a commitment to growth and innovation. For more information, visit www.bestbuy.com.

This is the eighth annual “Hot Retailer Award” presentation. Previous winners include: J Crew; Pinkberry; Billabong; L.L. Bean; Apple Stores; Coach; White House│Black Market; Williams-Sonoma; Build-A-Bear Workshop; H&M Hollister; Hot Topic; Trader Joe’s Company; Victoria’s Secret; Chico’s; American Eagle Outfitters (AE); Steve Madden; ULTA; P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, and many more.

About ICSC

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 55,000 members in over 90 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world. For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

Contacts

International Council of Shopping Centers
Malachy Kavanagh or Jesse Tron
+1 646-728-3495 / +1 646-728-3814

Contacts

International Council of Shopping Centers
Malachy Kavanagh or Jesse Tron
+1 646-728-3495 / +1 646-728-3814