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Simon Malls in Chicagoland to Host Region's First Ever Franchise Fair at Lincolnwood Town Center

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Simon Malls in Chicagoland to Host Region's First Ever Franchise Fair at Lincolnwood Town Center16:23 EDT Tuesday, June 26, 2012Event to connect prospective business owners with franchise opportunities --Spots still available for interested franchise businesses to recruit new owners --LINCOLNWOOD, Ill., June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Are you interested in owning your own business? Are you a franchise looking for enthusiastic owner operators? Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG) will host a Franchise Fair to bring together prospective owners and franchise representatives on Saturday, August 18 from 12 ? 4 p.m. at Lincolnwood Town Center (3333 West Touhy | Lincolnwood, IL 60712).Franchises looking for promising franchise owners will be at the mall to discuss opportunities for owning a location. Information will also be available from organizations that provide necessary and valuable resources for prospective business owners, including banks, consultants and legal services.  Supporting nonprofit groups, such as the Small Business Advocacy Council, will also be represented."For individuals interested in owning a business, franchise opportunities are often appealing because they can be replicated and frequently offer significant growth potential," said Nadia Seniuta, Director of Mall Marketing and Business Development at Lincolnwood Town Center.  "The franchise fair is a one-stop-shop for information gathering and a chance to make connections."Choosing a location is a critical decision for new business owners and franchisees looking to expand.  Leasing representatives from 12 Simon properties will be on-hand to discuss opportunities for franchise locations throughout Illinois including: Aurora (Chicago Premium Outlets), Huntley (Huntley Outlet Center), Bloomingdale (Bloomingdale Court), Bourbonnais/Kankakee (Northfield Square), Calumet City (River Oaks Center), Countryside (Countryside Plaza), Crystal Lake (Crystal Court), Gurnee (Gurnee Mills), Matteson (Matteson Plaza), Orland Park (Orland Square Mall and Lakeview Plaza) and Rockford (Forest Plaza). According to industry consultant FranNet, franchised businesses are the cause of nearly 21 million jobs?15.3 percent of all U.S. private-sector jobs. Franchisors represented at the fair will include Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Cinnabon, Sports Clips and more.For more information on the Simon Property Group Franchise Fair, including how to be involved, contact Nadia Seniuta at 847.674.1219 or nseniuta@simon.com.  The event is free and open to the public.About Simon Property GroupSimon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 500 company and the largest real estate company in the U.S. The Company currently owns or has an interest in 393 retail real estate properties comprising 264 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America, Europe and Asia. Simon Property Group is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. The Company's common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol SPG. For further information, visit the Simon Property Group website at www.simon.com. SOURCE Lincolnwood Town CenterFor further information: Elizabeth Friedland, +1-317-684-7711, efriedland@bch.com