MACAU, Aug. 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Studio City International Holdings Limited, a company in which Melco Crown Entertainment Limited (NASDAQ:MPEL) owns a 60% interest and Taubman Asia, a subsidiary of U.S. mall REIT, Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE:TCO), today unveiled an all-star lineup of fashion brands that will open doors at Macau's latest, and arguably, best curated retail space, The Boulevard at Studio City.

The Boulevard at Studio City will bring an unparalleled shopping experience to Asia's entertainment capital, Studio City. Unlike any retail offering to be found in Asia, the unique 35,000-square-meter 'immersive' retail entertainment environment brings shopping to life by 'transporting' visitors to high-energy street-scapes and entertaining them at every turn with featured streets and squares inspired by iconic shopping and entertainment locations, including New York's Times Square and Hollywood's Beverly Hills. At the futuristic Times Square Macau, inside The Boulevard at Studio City, a variety of entertainment from 'virtual' musicians to film stars will be shown through holographic projections.

A first-of-its-kind in Macau, The Boulevard at Studio City is the 'go to' destination in Macau, showcasing sophisticated, prestigious fashion brands as befits a trendsetter. It promises to deliver a mix of premium contemporary and bespoke offerings for the discerning consumers, in a Hollywood glamor-inspired environment, where fashion is the focus.

The star-studded mix of fashion-forward labels and internationally-renowned luxury brands include Macau's first Balmain, Macau's first Belstaff, and Tom Ford's largest store in Asia, amongst many others. The selection was carefully curated by Taubman Asia and Melco Crown Entertainment's combined team of retail specialists to meet Chinese consumers' increasing desire to express their individuality through high quality, expertly crafted clothing and accessories. Bespoke and personal services will be offered to ensure our shoppers take center stage.

"Leveraging our global expertise in creating extraordinary retail environments, and our exceptional relationships with the world's leading brands, our talented team in Asia has brought together an exciting mix of brands for The Boulevard at Studio City," said Mr. René Tremblay, President of Taubman Asia. "Our merchandising and management services are the industry standard for performance and excellence. We are thrilled to welcome these brands to our latest project and are committed to supporting them for the long term to ensure The Boulevard at Studio City becomes, and remains, the top contemporary shopping destination in Macau."

Taubman Asia draws on Taubman's 65 years of international experience and expertise in building world-class shopping experiences.

Mr. JD Clayton, Property President of Studio City said: "Immersive entertainment experiences are at the very core of Studio City's proposition. The Boulevard at Studio City innovatively combines high-energy immersive entertainment with the very best in 'fashion forward' retail offerings.

"Our retail offering is a totally new concept for Macau and Asia and brings an exciting, dynamic shopping experience and a further world-class non-gaming attraction to our thrilling mix of entertainment-inspired leisure destination attractions."

Studio City and The Boulevard at Studio City are scheduled to open on October 27, 2015. To complement the refined luxury of the shopping experience at Studio City, visitors can also look forward to the tantalizing array of delicious food and beverage offerings that will be available, from authentic Cantonese, Shanghainese, Northern Chinese, Southeast Asian, Japanese, Italian, Western, International, Macau local delicacies and beyond. Visitors can also enjoy an incredible dining experience that combines a collection of popular dishes with the spectacle of space travel through a series of mesmerizing holographic projections at the stunning space station-themed Cosmos Food Station.

Located in the heart of master-planned Cotai, adjacent to the Lotus Bridge immigration point which connects with Hengqin Island, and a future station-point for the Macau Light Rapid Transit, The Boulevard at Studio City is ideally placed to be the retail center of choice in Macau.

Studio City – This is Entertainment.

List of brands*:
Aeronautica Militare KENZO
Balmain Longines
Bank of China McCafe
Belstaff McDonald's
BULGARI Montblanc
Cigar Emporium Philipp Plein
COACH Piaget
Cosmos Food Station Prada
Ding Tai Fung Rainbow
Dunhill RIMOWA
Emporio Armani Roberto Cavalli
FENDI Saint Laurent Paris
Girard-Perregaux Shiki Hot Pot Restaurant
Givenchy Starbucks
Glashutte Original Tag Heuer
GRAFF T Galleria Beauty by DFS
Gucci Tiffany & Co.
Hide Yamamoto Tom Ford
ICBC Vacheron Constantin
Trattoria II Mulino Valentino
Image Digital Van Cleef & Arpels
IWC Schaffhausen Versace Collection
Jaeger-LeCoultre Ermenegildo Zegna
Jaquet Droz ZENITH
kate spade new york

* Full list of brands subject to change and final confirmation.

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About Melco Crown Entertainment Limited

Melco Crown Entertainment, with its American depositary shares listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (NASDAQ:MPEL), is a developer, owner and operator of casino gaming and entertainment casino resort facilities in Asia. Melco Crown Entertainment currently operates Altira Macau (, a casino hotel located at Taipa, Macau and City of Dreams (, an integrated urban casino resort located in Cotai, Macau. Melco Crown Entertainment's business also includes the Mocha Clubs (, which comprise the largest non-casino based operations of electronic gaming machines in Macau. The Company is also developing the planned Studio City (, a cinematically-themed integrated entertainment, retail and gaming resort in Cotai, Macau. In the Philippines, Melco Crown (Philippines) Resorts Corporation's subsidiary, MCE Leisure (Philippines) Corporation, currently operates and manages City of Dreams Manila (, a casino, hotel, retail and entertainment integrated resort in the Entertainment City complex in Manila. For more information about Melco Crown Entertainment, please visit

Melco Crown Entertainment has strong support from both of its major shareholders, Melco International Development Limited ("Melco") and Crown Resorts Limited ("Crown").  Melco is a listed company on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and is substantially owned and led by Mr. Lawrence Ho, who is Co-Chairman, an Executive Director and the Chief Executive Officer of Melco Crown Entertainment. Crown is a top-50 company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and led by Mr. James Packer, who is also Co-Chairman and a Non-executive Director of Melco Crown Entertainment.

About Studio City

Studio City, when it opens, is set to take Macau's entertainment destination proposition to unprecedented new levels, by providing a 'next generation' of outstanding entertainment-driven leisure destination experiences that will help the territory's evolution into a truly international tourism center.

The Hollywood-themed studio-concept resort is a thrilling new cinematic inspired entertainment and leisure destination and is designed to be the most diversified entertainment offering in Macau. Ideally located on Cotai, close to the Lotus Bridge immigration point connecting Hengqin Island and a future station-point for the Macau Light Rapid Transit, Studio City will deliver more world-class entertainment amenities than any integrated resort in the market.

Studio City's stunning Art-Deco facade includes the "Golden Reel", the world's highest figure-8 Ferris wheel which straddles the resort's two-tower hotel at a height of some 130 meters. The integrated resort will provide the ultimate in sophisticated leisure entertainment, hotel, retail, dining and lifestyle experiences.

The resort's innovative entertainment offerings include "Studio City Event Center", a 5,000-seat multi-purpose entertainment center designed to host live concerts, theatrical and sporting events; and "Studio 8", a 300-seat live-audience TV broadcast studio for reality and game-show productions distributed in the Asia region. The entertainment experiences also include a magic theater "The House of Magic" and a Warner Bros. Batman-themed 4D flight simulation "Batman Dark Flight", a 40,000-square-foot family entertainment center "Warner Bros. Fun Zone" for kids filled with Warner Bros.' and DC Comics' franchise characters and play-rides, together with "Pacha Macau" which will bring Ibiza-style nightlife to Macau.   

Studio City is destined to deliver an unparalleled leisure entertainment and hospitality experience, strengthening the depth and diversity of Macau's leisure, business and tourism proposition as a leading visitor destination in Asia.

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About Taubman

Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 22 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman's U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Taubman is currently developing four properties in the U.S. and Asia totaling 4.1 million square feet. Taubman, with more than 60 years of experience in the shopping center industry, is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Taubman Asia is headquartered in Hong Kong.

About Taubman Asia

Taubman Asia is a subsidiary of U.S. Mall operator Taubman Centers - a leader in the shopping center industry. Taubman Asia is the platform for Taubman Centers' expansion into China and South Korea and focuses on owning, managing, and/or leasing high-quality and sustainable retail real estate projects in Asia that leverage Taubman's strong retail planning design and operational capabilities. For more information about Taubman Asia, visit

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