Taking OKC retail global

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

by VeloCity

For more than a decade, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber has organized a delegation from Oklahoma City to exhibit at the annual ICSC RECon conference in Las Vegas. With nearly two million square feet of exhibit space and 37,000 attendees, RECon is the largest retail conference in North America.

This year’s conference was held from May 19-22, and was once again very productive for the Oklahoma City delegation.

“It is such a great opportunity for our community,” said Tammy Fate, senior manager of retail development for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “All the top retailers, developers and brokers from around the world are at the conference. It might take me all year to meet with everyone I wanted to if I did it from Oklahoma City. To be able to do it over three days is invaluable.”

What is Fate looking for when it comes to RECon and retail development?

“When it comes to a show like RECon, we are looking for new-to-market, destination retail,” said Fate. “More and more, that means meeting with developers and not specific retailers. We are looking for who is going to build the next Chisholm Creek, OKC Outlets, Penn Square or Classen Curve.”

While most might see that as an appeal to national retailers in favor of our local retailers, Fate said that is not the case.

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