COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Striving to provide guests with unique, multi-sensory experiences, Washington Prime Group (NYSE: WPG) continues to find new ways to expand and enhance its brands. One example, Shelby’s Sugar Shop®, a sweet creation by the Company, has been creating cheer through its array of classic, craft and novelty candies since its initial launch in 2017. The sweet shop provides a colorful, curious environment full of discovery and an added dose of nostalgia delighting both children and adults alike. Now, Shelby’s is bringing joy to more people than ever before through new common area locations, providing an experiential opportunity for guests of all ages.
The expansion of Shelby’s Sugar Shop includes brand-new locations at Polaris Fashion Place® in Columbus, Ohio; The Outlet Collection®|Seattle in Auburn, Washington; and The Mall at Fairfield Commons in Dayton, Ohio. Additionally, the expansion will feature a reinvention of the current location at WestShore Plaza in Tampa, Florida. The four new locations join existing Shelby’s Sugar Shops in Mentor and Youngstown, Ohio; Aurora, Colorado; and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“Shelby’s Sugar Shop adds such a unique energy and experience – not to mention flavor – to our town centers,” said Jennifer Moretti, Senior Vice President and Chief Activation Officer at Washington Prime Group. “We’re thrilled to offer guests an opportunity to enjoy sweet treats, both new, beloved and unexpected, while also providing a meaningful experience that aligns with our core values of inclusion and respect.”
Shelby’s Sugar Shop follows the journey of a spirited young girl named Shelby from a picturesque country setting to the heart of a big city, enjoying life’s sweetest adventures along the way. Shelby travels the world looking for sweet, fun treats to enjoy, from the rural landscape to the bustling city. Expanding on her special story, the Company has created new friends for Shelby to interact with and share with guests. Wielding bravery and acceptance, Shelby understands the importance of inclusivity, and her new friends represent the Company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Shelby believes that no matter how old you are, where you’re from, how you talk or even what you look like, we are all a lot more alike than we are different. Shelby reminds town center guests of the importance of celebrating our differences and that life’s adventures are sweeter with friendship, acceptance – and candy!
Shelby’s Sugar Shop offers candy lovers a light-hearted, adventurous experience while intertwining a deeper message of friendship, kindness and inclusion. When visiting Shelby’s, guests will have the opportunity to step away from the hustle and bustle of life and step into a confectionary wonderland reminding them to always remain a kid at heart.
Shelby’s new common area retail units will offer a curated collection of sweets and treats from classic and nostalgic candies, to craft candy and chocolates, to a branded “create your own” collection and scented novelty offerings. The new retail units will also provide unique specialty products and beverages for added fun. The selection of products have been specially curated to bring the very best sugary confections to surprise and delights our guests.
About Shelby’s Sugar Shop®
Shelby’s Sugar Shop® is a concept from Washington Prime Group which presents a colorful, curious and dynamic environment that will delight children and adults alike, as a spirited young girl named Shelby journeys from a picturesque country setting to the heart of a big city, enjoying the sweetest parts of life along the way. Learn more at www.shelbyssugarshop.com.
About Washington Prime Group
Washington Prime Group: National footprint with local flavor. With 100 town centers throughout the US, we’re as American as apple pie. As a matter of fact, we are also as American as deep dish pizza in Chicago, Hawaiian poke salad, vegan spring rolls in Malibu, El Paso Tex-Mex, Maryland crab cakes, kimchi in Orange County, Memphis barbeque and a Kansas City porterhouse. Our well regarded infrastructure, from Hawaii to Connecticut, and pretty much everywhere else in between, allows our tenant and sponsor partners to benefit from the operating efficacy and economies of scale at a large national real estate company, alongside local management who possess comprehensive knowledge of the specific locale within which they reside. Washington Prime Group®, Polaris Fashion Place®, The Outlet Collection®, and Shelby’s Sugar Shop® are a registered trademarks of the Company. Learn more at www.washingtonprime.com.
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