Based on the positive sales reported by many of my tenants at Hammond Square, it looks like the residents of Tangipahoa Parish and the surrounding area had a very active Holiday season. Several retailers’ sales were the best in December 2012 from any other month since they opened! These numbers tell me that managing Hammond Square is going to keep me pretty busy.
So what does 2013 have in store for Hammond Square? This Saturday, January 26, kicks off our first heavily marketed event of the year. The Tangi Humane Society will have on-site pet adoptions starting at 10 am. The Shopping Center is giving away branded flying disks to people who stop by and donate $5 or bring stainless steel water/food bowls. This was the first time we used a promoted post on Facebook to let our shoppers know about the event. Another event that is new to the Center is in its final planning stages and is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13 from 7-9 pm. The Lover’s Lane Valentine’s event will bring a classic car show down Palace Drive with wine tasting stations and a photo booth. All are free to the community! We are using several outlets to promote this event – Facebook, banners, landscape signs, flyers, prizes for the car show participants and a radio remote.
In 2013 we are also working closer with two major businesses in Hammond: North Oaks Health System and Southeastern Louisiana University. Based on meetings held with both in early January, there will be more events and community involvement in the coming year at Hammond Square.
In regards to our leasing approach, we are aggressively pursuing some locally owned businesses for locations on Palace Drive. Locally owned businesses can bring character and sense of community to our Center.