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May 30, 2014
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RECon Zero…. “RETurn of the RECap”

By Jesse Tron (@JesseTronPR) I hope you all had a restful and relaxing (and much deserved) long weekend filled with lazy days at the pool or the beach, cook-outs…or at least catching up on all that email and getting yourself back to “Inbox Zero” nirvana. For the record, Biz told me he completes “Inbox Zero”…

May 29, 2014
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Livin’ Large: Luxury Retail Market

Designer goods have always held a prominent place on the richest streets in America. On the Las Vegas strip at the ICSC conference, thousands of high street retailers are gathering to determine the best strategies to serve the shopping elite. Experts say now more than ever, luxury brands are including a mix of both physical…

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…

May 28, 2014
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Don’t Panic, It’s Just a Store Closing

Are store closings and retailers shrinking footprints leading to the downfall of the retail industry? Don't bet on it. Office Depot and JLL Retail's CEO Greg Maloney weigh-in along with ICSC's Jesse Tron who says, closing underperforming stores is business as usual for many retailers during this time. It's nothing more than the retail life…

May 27, 2014
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#MillennialsMoneyMakesTheWorldGo’Round

Knowing how to attract Millennials' money is the name of the game for retailers who know that nearly half of Millennials research products online and then buy them in-store. Retailers must stay ahead of both in-store and online channels to capture cash from Millennials because by 2020, they are expected to spend $1.4 trillion, with…