Last year, the event drew 36,000, but this year, going in, thepre-registration count was already 33,000. ICSC officials generallyanticipate 5,000-7,000 walk-ins.

The total number of Leasing Mall exhibitors this year is arecord 875, up from last year's 850, according to Phyllis Peterson,director of leasing and dealmaking for ICSC. And the show has a bitof a new look.

"Because of the mergers and consolidations in the industry, forthe first time in a long time we've been able to give space tocompanies that had not been able to get space in the past,"Peterson tells GSR. "Those changes freed up some space that had notbeen available for years.

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