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General Growth Properties was preparing to open a 27,000-square-foot Harley-Davidson dealership, the newest anchor at its White Mountain Mall in Rock Springs, Wyo., following ICSC. To get in the spirit, GGP leasing exec Ed Pilarz rode his own hog from Chicago to Las Vegas, on his way to the grand opening…. Eddie DeBartolo knows how to throw a party. Just ask the women who cut loose on the dance floor at DeBartolo Property Group's second annual ICSC bash Monday night. Don't feel too bad if you weren't invited. This year's guest list — which included football stars Joe Montana and Warren Moon — was shorter than last year's party at the Hard Rock Hotel. Bouncers were turning away party crashers… Despite rumors circulating on the floor, a high-ranking Rouse Co. exec says the REIT is not interested in joining the bid for Taubman properties…. Safeway President and CEO Steve Burd blamed high unemployment for the flight to supercenters. He hopes that as soon as the economy picks up, consumers won't prize bargains as highly…. Retailers are growing sour on the lifestyle concept, according to Urban Retail's Webber Hudson. He blames the concept's high rents and rising common area maintenance costs…. GMS Realty has found an ally in the City of San Diego. The city council voted overwhelmingly for GMS' proposed redevelopment of tourist hot spot Seaport Village. In a competing plan, Ripley's had proposed an aquarium, but local residents were aghast. Ripley's is appealing the decision… Explosive growth in Northwestern Arkansas has Jones Lang LaSalle working with developer The Pinnacle Group on 330,000 square feet of high-end retail space, scheduled to open in 2005, and 340,000 square feet of big-box space, at Pinnacle Point in Rogers, Ark., an affluent area five miles from Wal-Mart headquarters…. Schostak Brothers & Co. sold Livonia, Mich.'s Wonderland Mall years ago for a tidy profit. Now, it's buying it back to tear it down and build a new power center….1,500 mall marketing managers elected Steve Madden, PF Chang's, Hot Topic, American Eagle Outfitters and Chico's as North America's hottest retailers… Restaurant powerhouse Cheesecake Factory met its Cajun doppelganger, Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro, in the leasing mall…. Madison Marquette consulted with the developer of Louisiana's Bossier City Riverwalk in an attempt to capitalize on the 16 million annual visits to riverfront casinos. What kind of anchor proved best to cater to this roughneck but ready-to-spend crowd? Bass Pro Shops…. Though General Electric announced plans to sell its 57 percent stake in Regency Centers, company brass said they weren't considering a stock buyback… Coyote Management's 1 million-square-foot Metrocenter Mall in Jackson, Miss., now requires teens under 17 to be accompanied by a guardian after 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Several national tenants left because customers were afraid of loitering thuggish teens…. Forest City Ratner unveiled plans for a 2.5 million-square-foot project — half of which would be retail and entertainment space — in a rare, undeveloped area of Yonkers, N.Y., north of Manhattan. Ridge Hill Village Center could open in the fall of 2006. Development Design Group is the architect…. The Mills Corp. has set its sights on doing the Xanadú in other European cities, including Barcelona, Rome and Florence, and two in Milan.

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