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The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) completes integration of SPREE Canada

Specialty retail conference to be held at major shopping center convention Oct. 5-7 in Toronto

NEW YORK, 2015-9-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is excited to announce the complete integration of SPREE Canada, the only Canadian show for the cart, kiosk and specialty retail industry, into the Canadian Convention to be held Oct. 5-7 in Toronto.

SPREE Canada will commence with an opening night reception on Oct. 5 followed by two full days of educational sessions, engaging roundtables and myriad networking opportunities. The educational sessions will cover a series of hot button topics ranging from “The Power of Pop-up Stores” to digital marketing and “Award Winning Visual Merchandising.” Specialty leasing managers are invited to learn best practices and current and future trends at the “Global Specialty Leasing Trends” program.

SPREE Canada’s crossover with the Canadian Convention’s more than 3,000 expected attendees and exhibitors will provide an enhanced opportunity 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.

“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 thirty years ago, specialty retail has grown into an $8 billion dollar market and a staple of the shopping center industry. The industry has expanded to include retail merchandising units (RMUs), kiosks, temporary in-line stores, seasonal concepts and other non-traditional retail concepts like coin-operated rides and automated retail vending.

SPREE Canada will be held Oct. 5-7 at the Toronto Convention Center in Toronto. The conference is free for specialty retailers to attend and value-priced for specialty leasing professionals. To register, please visit SPREE’s website. Media registration is complimentary and can be completed through ICSC’s Communications Department.

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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