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ICSC debuts Canadian arm of specialty retail show


September 10, 2015
By Canadian Vending

Toronto – A Canadian convention for the cart, kiosk and specialty retail industry, will be held Oct. 5-7 in Toronto, the International Council of Shopping Centers said in a news release.

Titled SPREE Canada, SPREE Canada will be held Oct. 5-7 at the Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto. The conference is free for specialty retailers to attend and value-priced for specialty leasing professionals.

The show will open with a reception on Oct. 5 followed by two days of educational sessions, roundtables and networking opportunities. The educational sessions will cover a series of topics ranging from pop-up stores to digital marketing to visual merchandising. The show also will feature a look at best practices and trends for specialty leasing managers.

The show is intended as a chance for specialty retail professionals to meet wholesalers, manufacturers, shopping center developers and service providers to buy products, lease space, learn about the industry and network, the ICSC said in the release.

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“We are excited to again offer SPREE Canada, especially as part of the Canadian Convention,” said Patricia Norins, ICSC vice-president of specialty programs. “We expect the conference to experience record success this year and to continue to grow with the rising strength of Canada’s specialty retail industry.”

Since its inception approximately 30 years ago, specialty retail has grown into an $8-billion dollar market and a staple of the shopping centre industry, said the ICSC. The industry has expanded to include retail merchandising units, kiosks, temporary in-line stores, seasonal concepts and other non-traditional retail concepts like coin-operated rides and automated retail vending.