Taubman announces return of “Santa’s Flight Academy” to 12 of its shopping centers from November 9 through December 24

Larger-than-life reimagination of the North Pole features state-of-the-art technology that transforms each child into a ‘Cadet’ and delivers a sneak peak of ‘Ferdinand’ in theaters Dec. 15

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — To capture the magic and wonder of the holiday season, Taubman (NYSE: TCO) today (11/07/2017) announced that “Santa’s Flight Academy,” a one-of-a-kind, immersive holiday experience, will return to 12 of its shopping centers from November 9 through December 24. Set in a gigantic reimagination of the North Pole, state-of-the-art technology is used to enable children to join Santa’s flight crew before meeting him in person.

“With Santa’s Flight Academy, we continue the cherished tradition of meeting Santa, but modernize it for each child with special, personalized experiences that happen throughout the visit,” said William Taubman, chief operating officer, Taubman. “This special adventure can only be found in select Taubman shopping centers.”

As an elite flight crew member, the mission is to prepare Santa’s sleigh to deliver presents around the world. Upon entering Santa’s Flight Academy, each ‘Cadet’ presents their official badge and is recognized by name. From there, children are fitted for a virtual flight suit, navigate a flight course, inspect and power the sleigh all before takeoff. The experience culminates with an enchanted snowfall dance party and a visit with Santa.

In partnership with 20th Century Fox, the holiday set will also showcase a sneak preview of the upcoming animated movie Ferdinand. In theaters Friday, December 15, the film tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart and proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.

For a second year, Santa’s Flight Academy will only be available at the following:

  • Cherry Creek Shopping Center (Denver)
  • Dolphin Mall (Miami, Fla.)
  • Fair Oaks Mall (Fairfax, Va.)
  • Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (Auburn Hills, Mich.)
  • International Plaza (Tampa, Fla.)
  • The Mall at Green Hills (Nashville)
  • The Mall of San Juan (Puerto Rico)*
  • The Mall at Short Hills (Short Hills, N.J.)
  • The Mall at University Town Center (Sarasota, Fla.)*
  • Sunvalley Shopping Center (Concord, Calif.)
  • Twelve Oaks Mall (Novi, Mich.)
  • Westfarms (Hartford, Conn.)

*The Mall of San Juan and The Mall at UTC open to the public on November 11

To help expedite each visit, customers are encouraged to create official flight crew badges via the center’s website, or through mobile apps available for iPhone and Android. However, badges can also be created onsite at special Santa’s Flight Academy kiosks.

A variety of photo packages will be available for purchase, each includes a complimentary Lovepop card. Santa’s Express Lane passes (at participating centers) may be purchased online and will allow families to reserve a time block and avoid lengthy lines. For more information on a specific location, please contact each shopping center or visit the center’s website.

ABOUT TAUBMAN

Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 27 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com

Contact:

Maria Mainville
Director, Strategic Communications, Taubman
248-258-7469
mmainville@taubman.com

Amy Grundman
Manager, Strategic Communications, Taubman
248-258-7681
agrundman@taubman.com

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

Cal Mare, Eggslut, FARMHOUSE and Yardbird to open at Beverly Center

More award-winning, exciting concepts will be announced this year

LOS ANGELES, 2017-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today (05/22/2017) announced four new restaurants will join Beverly Center’s culinary lineup as part of the shopping and dining destination’s $500 million reimagination. The restaurants — Cal Mare, Eggslut, FARMHOUSE and Yardbird — will be located on Level 1 and all are anticipated to open by the end of 2018. More award-winning, exciting concepts will be announced this year.

“We have always focused on food as a key component of Beverly Center’s renovation,” said Taubman’s Chief Operating Officer William Taubman. “In doing so, we have curated a collection of point-of-difference restaurants offering a variety of different cuisine and price points from which to choose. The experience will be unlike anything offered in the market today.”

Full-Service Restaurants:

Cal Mare by Chef Michael Mina

A brand new 8,200 square foot concept from James Beard Award-winning, Michelin-starred Chef Michael Mina, Cal Mare is a celebration of coastal Italian cuisine with Mediterranean and Californian influences. Conceived along with chef partner Adam Sobel, the menu will focus on seafood for satiating but light and healthy Italian meals. The restaurant’s design will evoke the vibrant seaside elegance of Italy’s Amalfi Coastwith a nod to its contemporary southern California setting.

“It’s an honor to partner with Adam Sobel for Cal Mare at Beverly Center, as well as so many other chefs that will be lending their talents to The Street, A Michael Mina Social House, that we announced last year,” said Chef Mina. “I am incredibly excited to share our celebration of global cuisines and our truly dynamic spaces with the Los Angeles community.”

Located on Level 8, The Street will offer a variety of cuisine from Chef Mina and approximately 15 to 18 other chefs. The food will be served from hawker stations reminiscent of the great bazaars of the world. The venue’s indoor seating and outdoor dining terrace offer incredible views of the Hollywood Hills and downtown Los Angeles.

FARMHOUSE by Chef Laurent Halasz

FARMHOUSE celebrates California’s abundance of bounty from local farms, markets, dairies and purveyors, situated within a new informal dining experience at the revitalized Beverly Center. The menu will focus on a curation of four to six key ingredients per season that are at their peak freshness with rotating sharable dishes including vegetables, salads, meats, fishes, pizza and pastas, simply cooked in a wood-fired oven and wood grill. The 7,000 square foot space will be reminiscent of a modern California farmhouse with a relaxed feel, fire place, open kitchen and large bar.

FARMHOUSE is the brainchild of Laurent Halasz, who moved to Southern California from the South of France close to a decade ago, bringing with him a lifelong respect for quality ingredients and simple flavors.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar by Chef John Kunkel

Yardbird will be a 6,000 square foot house of worship to farm-fresh ingredients, classic Southern cooking, culture and hospitality. Helmed by award-winning restaurateur John Kunkel, the original location was recognized by the James Beard Foundation as “Best New Restaurant” and was named among “America’s Best New Restaurants” by Bon Appétit. A modern take on Southern comfort means shared plates and critically acclaimed fried chicken, to name a few of the restaurants specialties. A crafted cocktail program and extensive bourbon menu round out Yardbird’s hospitable atmosphere that includes an outdoor patio. Los Angeles will be the third city for this concept that also has locations in Miami Beach and Las Vegas.

“We are very excited to be expanding into a major influencer city such as Los Angeles and to be able to call the Beverly Center our new home,” said Kunkel. “We have found a pretty unique niche with the Yardbird brand and think we will be a perfect fit among the other amazing restaurants in the space.”

Fast-Casual Restaurant:

Eggslut

Eggslut is a chef driven, gourmet food concept founded in 2011. It’s inspired by a true love for eggs. The menu is a balance of comfort and innovation, celebrating food that appeals to both a novice and extreme foodie through classic comfort fare, all-encompassing its key ingredient — eggs. No longer just a breakfast staple, Eggslut makes eggs appetizing all day, every day. The restaurant’s focus is on the quality and taste of its food, consistent presentation and great customer service.

Eggslut began as a food truck that roamed the streets of Los Angeles, eventually turning into a food stall in downtown L.A. Although the food truck has since retired, Eggslut has grown to multiple stores across Los Angeles and even in Las Vegas.

Said Eggslut’s founders: “We love food. We care about the way it looks and how it tastes and we strive to give one of the best breakfast experiences. We’re excited about our new location in the Beverly Center and know it will be a great place for us to reach more egg lovers.”

Importantly, each new restaurant at Beverly Center will be easily accessible by pedestrians at the street level, while a new, additional valet entrance and new parking technology will make for easy access for those traveling by car.

Beverly Center’s renovation is not only transforming the dining experience, the project will also create a bright, contemporary and highly accessible exterior and interior that engages the center with the surrounding neighborhood and will expand the center’s perfectly curated retail lineup that covers everything from fast-fashion to luxury. Every store is open throughout the renovation that is scheduled to be completed by holiday 2018. For more details about the project, please visit www.beverlycenter.com/renovation, or visit Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @beverlycenter.

About Beverly Center

Beverly Center is Southern California’s premier fashion destination with more than 100 distinctive stores reflecting the diverse styles and tastes of Los Angeles, including a paramount portfolio of luxury retailers such as Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo. The center is anchored by Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s. The unique assortment of point-of-difference stores like Henri Bendel and Traffic, paired with the expanded fast fashion collection comprised of Uniqlo, H&M and XXI Forever and contemporary brands Halston Heritage, Sandro and Maje make Beverly Center the ultimate shopping experience.

About Taubman

Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 27 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “will”, “may”, “could”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believes”, “intends”, “should”, “plans”, “estimates”, “approximate”, “guidance” and similar expressions in this press release that predict or indicate future events and trends and that do not report historical matters. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, the company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: changes in market rental rates; unscheduled closings or bankruptcies of tenants; relationships with anchor tenants; trends in the retail industry; the liquidity of real estate investments; the company’s ability to comply with debt covenants; the availability and terms of financings; changes in market rates of interest and foreign exchange rates for foreign currencies; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; the ability to hedge interest rate and currency risk; risks related to acquiring, developing, expanding, leasing and managing properties; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; risks related to joint venture properties; insurance costs and coverage; security breaches that could impact the company’s information technology, infrastructure or personal data; the loss of key management personnel; shareholder activism costs and related business disruptions; terrorist activities; maintaining the company’s status as a real estate investment trust; changes in the laws of states, localities, and foreign jurisdictions that may increase taxes on the company’s operations; and changes in global, national, regional and/or local economic and geopolitical climates. You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

Contact:

Jenn Deese
PMK*BNC
310-854-3212
jenn.deese@pmkbnc.com

Maria Mainville
Director, Strategic Communications, Taubman
248-410-9863
mmainville@taubman.com

Ryan Hurren
Director, Investor Relations, Taubman
248-258-7232
rhurren@taubman.com

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

Taubman launches “Santa’s Flight Academy” to enable children to become a member of Santa’s flight crew

Larger-than-life reimagination of the North Pole paired with state-of-the-art technology enables children to partner with Santa’s Elves to prepare his sleigh for its journey around the world

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — To rediscover the magic and tradition of the holiday season, Taubman will debut “Santa’s Flight Academy,” a one-of-a-kind, immersive holiday experience that combines a giant reimagination of the North Pole with state-of-the-art technology to enable children to become a member of Santa’s flight crew. Partnering with an elf – either Sleigh Mechanic George, Flight Director Sparkle or Reindeer Caretaker Flash – each child will help ready Santa’s sleigh so he can deliver presents to children around the world.

“We’re thrilled to offer Santa’s Flight Academy to give children a truly immersive holiday experience,” said William Taubman, chief operating officer, Taubman Centers, Inc. “The holidays are a time for creating special memories, and we are confident children will be delighted with this new adventure and the encounter will become a tradition for years to come.”

Upon entering Santa’s Flight Academy, each child ‘Cadet’ will present his or her official flight crew badge and will be immediately recognized by name. From there, several of Santa’s onsite helpers will guide children through the experience of being fitted for a virtual flight suit, helping inspect and power Santa’s sleigh before takeoff, and other tasks to ensure that every present will be carefully delivered.

At the end of the adventure, each child will step inside a 22-foot-tall sleigh for an enchanted snowfall dance party before meeting Santa. Children will also receive a special gift from Santa to personally thank them for heroically saving the day.

Santa’s Flight Academy will be available exclusively at the following 12 Taubman shopping centers from Friday, November 11, through Saturday, December 24:

  • Cherry Creek Shopping Center (Denver)
  • Dolphin Mall (Miami, Fla.)
  • Fair Oaks Mall (Fairfax, Va.)
  • Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (Auburn Hills, Mich.)
  • International Plaza (Tampa, Fla.)
  • The Mall at Green Hills (Nashville)
  • The Mall of San Juan (Puerto Rico)
  • The Mall at Short Hills (Short Hills, N.J.)
  • The Mall at University Town Center (Sarasota, Fla.)
  • Sunvalley Shopping Center (Concord, Calif.)
  • Twelve Oaks Mall (Novi, Mich.)
  • Westfarms (Hartford, Conn.)

Due to the unprecedented nature of the experience and anticipated high demand, visitors are encouraged to pre-register children for a Santa’s Flight Academy entrance badge online via each shopping center’s website or through the mobile app available for both Android and iPhone platforms. Registration will also be available onsite at Santa’s Flight Academy kiosks located in each shopping center.

A variety of photo packages, in addition to intricate and magical 3D pop-up paper holiday cards by Lovepop, will be available for purchase. Santa’s Express Lane passes and photo packages may be purchased online in advance of the visit. For more information on a specific location, please contact each shopping center or visit the center’s website.

ABOUT TAUBMAN

Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 26 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “will”, “may”, “could”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believes”, “intends”, “should”, “plans”, “estimates”, “approximate”, “guidance” and similar expressions in this press release that predict or indicate future events and trends and that do not report historical matters. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: changes in market rental rates; unscheduled closings or bankruptcies of tenants; relationships with anchor tenants; trends in the retail industry; the liquidity of real estate investments; the company’s ability to comply with debt covenants; the availability and terms of financings; changes in market rates of interest and foreign exchange rates for foreign currencies; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; the ability to hedge interest rate and currency risk; risks related to acquiring, developing, expanding, leasing and managing properties; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; risks related to joint venture properties; insurance costs and coverage; security breaches that could impact the company’s information technology, infrastructure or personal data; the loss of key management personnel; terrorist activities; maintaining the company’s status as a real estate investment trust; changes in the laws of states, localities, and foreign jurisdictions that may increase taxes on the company’s operations; and changes in global, national, regional and/or local economic and geopolitical climates. You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

Contact:

Maria Mainville
Director, Strategic Communications, Taubman
248-258-7469
mmainville@taubman.com

Amy Grundman
Manager, Strategic Communications, Taubman
248-258-7681
agrundman@taubman.com

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.