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April 25, 2013
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Get to know the #iTechLounge Speakers: Dave Lewand

Who is Dave Lewand? In 2009 I began working independently as a freelance commercial real estate marketing solutions provider - tapping into lessons and best practices learned in a 15+ year career in CRE software, mapping, research and marketing. As I reached out to small and mid-sized CRE firms throughout the country, I discovered a…

January 20, 2012
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New U.S. visa policy bodes well for outlet centers

Brazilians and Chinese who want to visit the United States will have a much easier time under an executive order issued by President Obama on Jan. 19. "The more folks who visit America, the more Americans we get back to work," he said. "It’s that simple." This is good news to outlet centers in the…

January 6, 2012
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Bet on art, accessories, and tire start-ups in 2012, report says

Many small retailers struggle to overcome overwhelming competition from national chains and big-box stores, causing most to go out of business within a couple of years after opening shop. But research firm IbisWorld has singled out four small-business retail sectors where mom-and-pops still have great prospects for success due to low costs, low barriers to…

June 29, 2011
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BLACKSTONE COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF CENTRO PROPERTIES GROUP US

- POSITIONS COMPANY TO DRIVE LEASING AND REDEVELOPMENT EFFORTS – NEW YORK, June 28, 2011 – BRE Retail Holdings Inc., an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VI L.P. (“Blackstone”), today announced that it has closed the previously announced transaction to purchase the US assets and platform of Centro Properties Group and its managed funds…

June 10, 2011
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RECon: A View from a Newcomer

Emily Corbin, marketing & real estate student, Sam Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas My Father, a small carwash developer based in Arkansas, is always traveling and going to different meetings or conferences across the United States to promote his business. Since I was young, he has asked me to go with him, but…

April 14, 2011
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What did you do for your birthday? Meet John Crossman!

By Janelle Wellman I have worked with John for the past six months and I like to describe him as vibrant, passionate, full of talent and optimism, and an all-star volunteer – I absolutely love working with him. Based on his enthusiasm, energy, and involvement with the ICSC Next Gen program, it is almost impossible…

March 9, 2011
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Paris’ Biggest Retail Center to Get Major Overhaul

By Bennett Voyles Le Forum des Halles is the biggest shopping center in central Paris. It is one of Europe’s most profitable. And it is roundly hated by many Parisians, who regard the three-decade-old, nearly 650,000-square-foot center as cramped, unsafe and spectacularly ugly. But the center Paris loves to hate is soon to undergo a…

March 8, 2011
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NOW in eBook Formats: Gary Rappaport’s “Investing in Retail Properties”

BIG NEWS! ICSC Releases Investing in Retail Properties by Gary D. Rappaport in eBook Format! Investing in Retail Properties: A Guide to Structuring Partnerships for Sharing Capital Appreciation and Cash Flow educates professionals at every stage of their careers on how to build successful commercial real estate portfolios—providing expert guidance delivered in a conversational and…