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February 25, 2015
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Learn About VIVA Finalist: Fashion Outlets of Chicago

So tell us about who you are and what you do? My name is Jeff Gunning, and I lead RTKL's Commercial Practice Group in the Americas. I am based in our Dallas office. RTKL is a global firm, and I have the privilege of working with talented architects and designers worldwide, creating experiential places that…

February 2, 2015
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Don’t let cynicism steal your opportunity to influence Congress

By Leslie Fox, ICSC Director of Legislative Outreach As the 114th Congress opens, the political mudslinging continues along with charges that deep pockets have too much influence. Understandably, many Americans have an extremely cynical view of Congress. In fact, according to a recent Rasmussen poll, 66% of constituents believe that their elected officials in Congress…

October 15, 2014
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Q&A With US Law Conference Speaker Scott Fisher

Tell us about yourself and what you do. I’m a partner in the real estate group at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP in Atlanta and just celebrated my 35 year anniversary at the firm. During that time I’ve represented owners and developers of virtually every type of commercial real estate and have negotiated countless purchase agreements,…

October 10, 2014
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Q&A With US Law Conference Speaker Aubrey Waddell

Tell us about yourself and what you do. I wear a number of hats. I spend my workdays negotiating global real estate outsourcing contracts for JLL, and managing claims that inevitably arise out of those services. I also do a fair amount of compliance and ethics training for our firm. When I’m not working for…

October 6, 2014
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America’s Foremost Marketplace

By Jesse Tron @JesseTronPR Without a doubt we are experiencing one of the most profound periods of evolution within our industry since the advent of the first suburban malls in the mid 1950’s. Both technology and the quest for experience have changed the way the consumer shops and so to how the shopping center has…

September 30, 2014
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Retail Gets Its Groove Back: 10 Incisive Insights from the CEO of Shopping Center REIT, ROIC

Interview conducted and condensed by Michael Lagazo Stuart Tanz, President and CEO of San Diego-based Retail Opportunity Investments Corporation (NASDAQ: ROIC), an excellent dividend growth REIT, shares leadership insights to kick off the ICSC Western Division conference this week. Q: Were you always interested in shopping centers? A: Yes. I started my real estate career…

May 29, 2014
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What Lenders are Looking For

The retail industry has endured five hard years or recovery since the Financial Crisis, but a retail resurgence is well underway with consumer spending expected to rise by 4 percent this year. Investment capital is now seeking ways back into the sector.

May 29, 2014
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Oversized = Opportunity

The mantra “build it and they will come” was a familiar move in cities across the country before the recession. As a result, retail real estate was overbuilt, and today, there’s more than 9 billion square feet of retail space in the United States While big-box vacancy remains on the minds of many at the…

May 28, 2014
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Beyond Your Backyard, The Global Retail Landscapes Opportunities

The way retailers use real estate around the globe is fundamentally changing in response to shifts in consumer preferences, spending patterns and robust growth in e-commerce. International retailers are focused on acquiring high-quality retail space in markets with healthy market fundamentals. London, New York, Miami, Houston, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Shanghai continue to attract…

March 21, 2014
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ICSC Interview with Andrew Silberfein, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rouse Properties Inc.

Interview conducted by Michael Lagazo Rouse (NYSE:RSE) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust headquartered in New York City. Among the country’s largest publicly traded regional mall owners, the Company’s geographically diverse portfolio spans the United States from coast to coast, and includes 34 malls in 21 states encompassing approximately 23.4 million square feet…