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The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) integrated SPREE Meetup into its annual Western Conference

Specialty retail program to be integrated into highly attended Western Conference in San Diego on Sept. 17 

NEW YORK, 2015-8-26— /EPR Retail News/ — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has integrated SPREE Meetup, a dynamic program dedicated to the cart, kiosk and specialty retail industry, into its annual Western Conference, providing regional specialty retailers and shopping center professionals the opportunity to collaborate, expand their networks and make deals.

SPREE Meetup agenda highlights include speed networking, specialty leasing roundtable discussions, and a one-hour educational session led by social media guru and expert Crystal Vilkaitis, “Leveraging the Power of Social Media to Grow Your Specialty Retail Business,” which will provide counsel about the best social media tools to invest in and how to use these tools to gain a sales and marketing edge.

“We launched SPREE Meetup in response to strong demand in the regional marketplace. We are excited to facilitate a more personal environment where industry professionals can really build relationships,” said Patricia Norins, ICSC vice president of specialty programs. “The more opportunities we provide specialty retail professionals, the more deals get done. The mission of SPREE Meetup aligns with our overall mission to grow the specialty retail industry’s bottom line.”

The concentrated program will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the San Diego Convention Center – a fitting location, as California is the number one market for the $8 billion specialty retail industry. The event is certain to receive crossover from one of ICSC’s largest conferences, the Western Conference, which is expected to attract more than 4,000 attendees.

SPREE Meetup is free to attend and advanced registration is encouraged via SPREE’s online registration portal that can be accessed here.

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  For more information, visit


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