The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) annual PA/NJ/DE Idea Exchange is coming up soon. Although the show usually is held in mid-September, this year it has been pushed back to October 12-13. As in the past, the show will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and will provide an opportunity for real estate professionals to network and focus on getting deals done.
This week marks both the one-month mark since the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC) annual RECON conference, as well as the end of the first half of 2011. RECON attendance surpassed 30,000 attendees for the first time since 2008, but still remains substantially off attendance levels reached several years ago. Although there was a fair amount of activity at this year’s show, particularly in the retail area on the second floor of South Hall, impressions of the climate for getting deals done were mixed, much like the economic indicators which have been circulating in recent months. Nevertheless, cautious optimism seems to be a fairly common theme in the retail sector for the remainder of 2011, and somewhat more enthusiastic optimism for 2012 and beyond.
Expansion of Philadelphia Minimum Wage and Benefit Standards Could Impact Retail and Restaurant Tenants
Under a newly enacted City of Philadelphia Ordinance, some tenants in properties developed with financial assistance by the City of Philadelphia may now be required to comply with a minimum wage requirement that is 150% of the federal minimum wage. Benefits provided to full-time employees of tenants may also be impacted.
For the seventh year in a row, the Gibbons Real Property & Environmental Department exhibited at the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (“ICSC”) National Conference and Deal Making Idea Exchange in America’s Hall II at the Hilton New York earlier this month. The buzz at the show was optimistic this year, similar to the upbeat mood at the September PA/NJ/DE Idea Exchange in Philadelphia, with over 6,000 attendees and 340 exhibitors “deal making” throughout the Hilton New York and the Sheraton New York Towers & Hotel. Along with the six Gibbons attorneys, the show was also attended by shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, lenders, retailers, and other professionals.
The Gibbons Real Property & Environmental Department will once again exhibit at the International Council of Shopping Centers (“ICSC”) National Conference & Deal Making Idea Exchange at the Hilton New York on December 6-7. The Department’s booth will be in the same location as prior years, #490 in America’s Hall II. Stop by and meet with some of the Department’s six attorneys who will be attending. Show hours are Monday, December 6, from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, and Tuesday, December 7, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
Attendance was up and the mood was upbeat at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) PA/NJ/DE Idea Exchange on September 15-16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. For the 7th consecutive year, Gibbons P.C. exhibited at the show. Five Gibbons lawyers, from the firm’s Philadelphia and Newark offices, attended.
Last week, Governor Rendell signed the Permit Extension Act (“Act”) into law as part of the approval of the budget, breathing life into expired and expiring permits and the development projects they represent. The Act, found at pages 99-110 of the budget bill, extends the expiration date of many governmental approvals, permits and agreements, including building permits and construction permits, relating to construction and development projects.