Thursday, May 24, 2018

ICSC Says Malls Still Have a Future

For more than four decades Elliot Feuerstein has served as an officer of Mira Mesa Shopping Center, where he has primarily been responsible for overseeing a number of San Diego, CA, area shopping centers. Active in his industry outside of his everyday professional work, Elliot Feuerstein is a longtime member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

The ICSC recently released a report dispelling the myth that retail shopping centers have lost the ability to attract and maintain loyal customers, especially among younger demographics. Over a three-month period earlier this year, more than 160 million Americans visited shopping malls, with more than a third of that figure (60 million) consisting of millennial shoppers. Additionally, 61 percent of surveyed adults say they plan to continue visiting brick-and-mortar storefronts to conduct the bulk of their shopping. 

According to ICSC President and CEO Tom McGee, these figures and other key data points show that, while some malls may be closing, the notion that the entire concept of the mall is going by the wayside is unfounded. As shopping trends among consumers evolve, the malls that evolve with them are proving that they can still capture strong retail traffic.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Youth Tennis San Diego After-School Programs

Elliot Feuerstein graduated from UCLA before embarking on his career in real estate development. In addition to serving as an officer of Mira Mesa Shopping Center in San Diego, Elliot Feuerstein works with his community by supporting organizations such as Barnes Tennis Center, which is operated by Youth Tennis San Diego (YTSD).

Since 1997, Barnes Tennis Center has provided the young people of San Diego with a place to learn, play, and watch the game of tennis. Both the center and YTSD have emerged as models for youth tennis programs around the country by offering innovative community initiatives such as After School Tennis.

Scheduled in five, six-week sessions throughout the year, After School Tennis offers beginner-level tennis lessons to elementary and middle-school students. The training sessions take place in neighborhood locations, making attendance easy for children, and scholarships are available for those who are disadvantaged. YTSD provides all the necessary equipment. To learn more about the program, visit