GHOSTS, GOBLINS AND GHOULS, OH MY!
|Alameda South Shore Center is looking to scare the beans out of its shoppers (no, we’re not talking about the price of espresso makers at Bed, Bath & Beyond). Yesterday we chatted with Cornish & Carey SVP Julie Taylor, who leads the retail leasing for the 594k SF open-air center. She’s attracted two Halloween-themed businesses to the Alameda Island retail center as first-time tenants, including aHaunted House. She tells us the 10k SF attraction is entirely run by the teen recreation program at the Alameda Recreation & Park Department—the kids did the décor and play all the characters, and proceeds benefit the Alameda Youth Committee.|
|But the shopping center, which was acquired earlier this year byJamestown for $181M, is spooktacular in other ways. Julie saysSpirit Halloween Store opened a 12k SF foot shop (adjacent to the ARPD’s haunted house) that’s become among the top 10% of its Bay Area locations. Seasonal tenants like these create traffic and boost sales for other merchants by bringing folks to the property and offering them additional reasons to extend their visit. On Sunday, aHalloween fashion show brought out the locals dressed in their frightful finest. Julie says Alameda South Shore will have Halloween events throughout the month, such as palm readings and a pet costume parade.|