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Mission Statement

Who We Are

Established in 1989, The Council of Developers of Outlet Centers & Retailers (DOC&R) is a not-for-profit service organization dedicated to meeting the needs of those involved in the fast track "value" industry. 

Initially, the organization consisted of outlet center owners and developers, with a separate group, ORMA, operating on the retail side.  Following the dissolution of ORMA, The Council of Developers of Outlet Centers & Retailers recently expanded to add retailers to the mix. The result is a merger between two powerful forces - developers and retailers - both working to drive our niche retail category to the forefront of today's marketplace.

Today, DOC&R is an internationally-focused organization that presents a strong forum for idea exchanges, strong interaction among members, and the opportunity to work in tandem to create processes, reporting structures, marketing programs and industry-wide promotions designed to advance outlet retail as the preferred shopping venue for today's consumers and network with peers.


What We Do

DOC&R is a group of dedicated, devoted individuals working toward taking the outlet retail category to the next level.  Our membership is comprised of:

  • Owners of factory outlet centers
  • Developers of outlet retail properties
  • Retailers engaged in the value "outlet" retail sector
  • Consultants


We operate on a triple bottom line philosophy:

1.We are DEVELOPERS and RETAILERS engaged in building, improving and expanding outlet centers internationally;

2.We are DEDICATED to their success because we own and operate within them; and

3.We are DEVOTED to their success because we have proven, time and again, to be a viable, lucrative segment of the retail sector.


Our membership expands across the globe, with members located in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.


Be sure to subscribe to and be an active reader of our industry's own magazine -
  Value Retail News.

Led by Managing Editor,Duke Ratliff,Value Retail News is ICSC’s award-winning monthly trade publication that serves the international outlet/value retail industry. Headquartered in New York, NY, VRN has been this industry's only voice, reporting on trends, issues and exclusive research, since it was founded in 1981.