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One of the first questions folks want to know about the forthcoming Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's -- aside from why -- is when. Signage has only stated the vague timeline of fall, which could be anytime between September 22 and December 20. A recent report by the RJ narrowed that down to late December. Now, we may have a specific date (or rather dates) to pin to its debut.
The retail scene in Las Vegas (and its suburbs) is rapidly changing at the moment. With Downtown Summerlin poised to open and Fashion Show Mall expanding its façade, it’s time for the outlets to keep up with the Joneses. They seemed to weather the economic downturn easier than other retail outlets with a steady stream of tourists cabbing it over to the Premium Outlets on either end of the Strip to scoop up outlet-priced clothing and accessories.
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, located downtown near The Smith Center, will be wrapping up a 150,000-square-foot expansion May 2015. The project is expected to welcome 34 new stores including an already announced Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. The last expansion in 2008 added a new parking garage on the north side and 30 new stores.
The Kardashians are leaving Las Vegas. The clan's almost always near-empty retail store at The Mirage is closing after a run many will say went beyond its fifteen minutes. The shop, selling all things Kardashian, made its Strip debut in November 2011 and will (finally) shutter next month.
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As we reported in June, Fashion Show Mall is preparing for a façade facelift and the addition of several new dining and shopping options. Construction walls are now up along the mall's Las Vegas Boulevard frontage and feature renderings of what this huge chunk of Strip-side real estate will look like when the project is finished.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports five new restaurants will be included within the 22,000-square-foot addition as well as an expansion for Zara, one of the façade’s anchors. The men’s and women’s clothing store has risen in popularity and is ready to grow with the changing front side of the mall.
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In April, a Treasure Island rep told us its new, self-described "retail-tainment center" would make its debut in September. Now, a few days into the last month of summer, it looks like they may need a bit more time.
We drove by the mall earlier this week and found an exterior nearing completion, but the three-story addition -- tacked onto the resort's northeast corner at Spring Mountain and eating into a portion of the now-silent cove -- appeared to have largely unfinished interiors. Execs have never announced a tenant beyond CVS for the structure. The pharmacy will occupy the entire ground floor, covering some 12,000 square feet.
With the plethora of bandage dresses seen on ladies in Las Vegas clubs, it makes perfect sense for Spanx to open its first Vegas retail store right on The Strip. Vegas is a place to wear whatever you want, even if you might not be caught dead wearing it in your hometown. Ladies (and anyone!) should have the confidence to strut their stuff on the Strip without fear since, of course, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
Ok, the dream sequence for a Las Vegas commercial is OVER! The reality is we’re not all 21, anymore, or at the gym as often as we’d like to be, and what happens in Vegas usually ends up on Instagram. If you’re not comfortable wearing that snug-fitting dress or white pants (d'oh, it’s after Labor Day, anyway!), it’s a short drive or walk from your Strip hotel to the new Spanx store at Fashion Show Mall.
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With all the chatter (pardon the pun) over the past few years about Las Vegas’ lack of IKEA, this writer has come to immediately dismiss any rumors of the arrival of the much coveted and pined for Swedish furniture store. It seemed Las Vegans had come to accept the fact they weren’t going to get one of their own and had even figured out ways to make it easier to obtain IKEA items from Covina, the nearest California location, via ModernLV.com.
It now looks like the city that cried IKEA is sounding a false alarm no longer. In a press conference at Clark County Government Center in downtown Las Vegas this morning, representatives for the international retailer announced plans to build a store at Sunset Road and Durango Drive (that's about a 15-20 minute drive from the center Strip). Rumored Las Vegas locations included downtown and the upcoming Downtown Summerlin project. The store is expected to open in summer of 2016 and will employ 300 people. The project is expected to create 1,000 construction jobs and will be the chain's 39th location (unless another city gets their wish before ours fully comes to fruition).
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Luxor is ready to light up your, well, whatever you want. A few weeks ago, the country's only Zippo store opened in the resort's mostly under-utilized, still heavily Egyptian-themed retail promenade. (This is where some of you may realize you never knew Luxor had a retail promenade.)
Folks heading to Excalibur from Luxor (or vice versa) are the most likely to notice the area as they glide by on the moving walkway found on the north side of the property. It's here you will find Criss Angel merchandise, bargains for logo hounds, and now, Zippo. Just look for the oversized, flaming lighter. You can't miss it. And, may become slightly mesmerized by it.
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Each day, we get a better sense of what Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops will really look like and it's, in a word, meh.
Is it wrong for us to wish for the return of that (more than a little) spot of Vegas serenity, non-moving sidewalk and all? Instead, this.
Despite these triple digit temps, winter is coming to The Strip.
Before the debut of Hershey's Chocolate World at New York-New York, some scoffed about buying chocolate which would only melt away in the desert heat as visitors continued their trek up or down The Strip. If that's you, there are four reasons to drop in, anyway: free samples, freshly made goodies you should really eat on the spot, a plethora of non-candy souvenirs and the chance to snap your photo with a costumed character that won't demand money before you walk away. (And, probably, the cleanest ones you'll find in Vegas, too.)
Officially one week old, the two-story monument to Hershey's is a direct in-your-face to M&M's World across The Strip (as well as neighboring kiosk, IT'SUGAR, which should probably just fade away now). And, to this writer at least, Hershey's is more spacious (M&M's World has more floors but is way too narrow) and offers more than enough merchandise diversity to be the clear winner in that candy war.
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Love a good bargain? Vegas-based e-tailer Zappos.com has something for you. For three days only, the shoe giant (among other things) is turning their downtown headquarters into a giant outlet sale in celebration of their 15th birthday.
Of course, this is Zappos, so a sale can't just be a sale. Food trucks, a petting zoo, and music will be available along with big discounts. And, 100% of the profits will go to local charity, Opportunity Village.