News flash. For years Helen has been going to this same convention in Las Vegas. From the looks of Aldi, she must have missed the presentation that said the main entrance of a store should be located at the front rather than the back.
I hear they play a lot of poker in Vegas.
In recent years there's been an sharp uptick in the number of public officials/employees attending the ICSC convention... in fact I've been compelled to attend. I always thought it was curious that I had to go to Las Vegas to meet with developers and retailers who have offices and/or agents in Chicago...i.e. Target
It is actually very good if she did go to the convention. It is one of the main ways to get retailers to take a look at a community. Again with the Aldi comment. EVERY grocery store if only a select few, have the entrance towards the main street. Also, they are usually a windowless or maybe 1 or 2 wall along the main street.
the developers are there peddling servicesthe public officials are peddling packages of public subsidies
If you take a look at the ISCS Recon convention program there is a track on "Dealmaking" I kid you not. There is also a track on Women in Real Estate. The Keynote is Lou Dobbs with Wayne Brady the featured entertainer.