Retail Insight

Shopping Center Business is collaborating with content partners to publish Retail Insight. These brief newsletter and video interview series publications bring you commentary and news just before and immediately after some of the industry’s biggest events. For example, we publish five newsletters leading up to ICSC RECON, followed by a series of video interviews.

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Retail Insight Features

Investing in Retail Sustainability

Jeffrey S. Edison, Chairman and CEO of Phillips Edison & Company (PECO), knows sustainability will play a large role in the operation, development, design and longevity of today’s shopping centers. With that in mind, PECO has developed a number of…

Express Car Washes Are A Bright Choice For Net Lease Investors

By Austin Blodgett and Eric Wohl, Hanley Investment Group The professional car wash industry is more than 100 years old. Yet, the category has only recently picked up steam as a viable alternative to traditional net leased retail properties for private…

Measuring What Matters: What's All of this Real Estate Data Good For?

The great paradox of the real estate business is that, on one hand, it’s the single largest asset class on the planet with a global estimate of $228 trillion, and it generates tremendous amounts of operating, financial and market-level data.…

Investors, Lenders Adjust As Change Remains A Constant In The Retail Industry

— By Bryan Cornelius, President at X Team and Principal at Venture DFW Commercial — The debt market has recalibrated following four rate increases in 2018 and a recent cautionary pause by the Federal Reserve. The market is hoping to take…

Menifee, California, Reaches New City Heights

“Menifee is the fastest growing city in Southwest Riverside County and seventh fastest growing city in Southern California,” says Gina Gonzalez, economic development director with the City of Menifee, California. “The city’s population is projected to grow by 8 percent…

Break-Up Strategy Nets Big Rewards in Today’s Market

By Bill Asher and Jeff Lefko There is an axiom that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” but that may not be the case when selling a shopping center. As demand and pricing for non-core, grocery-anchored shopping…

5 (More) Things Las Vegas Can Teach RECon Attendees About the New Retail Environment

Las Vegas is the ideal place to discuss the new retail environment. This city was, after all, built on experiences, excess and entertainment. Its hospitality, food and beverage programs and ability to shock are second to none. These attributes make…

Retail Grows with the Times

By Simon Hartzell, Director of New Office Sales, NAI Global Retail real estate – it’s not your grandfather’s business anymore. Every aspect of the business is changing. On the technology front, we have artificial intelligence (AI), cryptocurrency, and virtual funding, as well…

Capital Markets, Cap Rates and 10-Year Treasury with CBRE’s Phil Voorhees

Phil Voorhees, executive vice president of CBRE’s National Retail Partners – West, believes investment opportunities exist in all cycles, and this one is no different.Retail Insight sat down with Voorhees recently to talk about those opportunities, and what investors should…

Mixed-Use Rules the Roost at ICSC’s Western Dealmaking Conference

The mixed-use environment is here to stay. Naysayers need only look as far as this year’s ICSC Western Dealmaking Conference, held Oct. 8 to 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, to know that this is true.  …

New Tenants at Manhattan Village

Retail Insight sat down with Ashlyn Booth, senior vice president and director of retail properties at JLL, to discuss the leasing efforts at Manhattan Village, which is owned by RREEF Property Trust. The 44-acre, 573,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor mixed-use retail experience in Manhattan Beach, California, is…

Transformation is Afoot at the Nation’s Regional Malls

The malls of yesteryear are not dead, but many are in need of a revival if they want to thrive tomorrow and beyond, believes Leslie Lundin, co-founder and managing partner at LBG Real Estate Cos. Lundin, who held the “Transforming…

Learning & Childcare Centers: Record Enrollments Fuel Net-Lease Demand

With the increased investor demand for service-based, internet-resistant retail, the single-tenant net-leased learning and daycare industry has emerged as a viable and sustainable alternative to common net-leased retail properties for private investors. Since January 2017, Hanley Investment Group has completed the…

OC Shopping Centers Embrace Medical Tenants

Ease, convenience and experience are the goals of most shopping centers nowadays — with ease and convenience being a large part of a consumer’s overall experience. While these factors motivate some shoppers to make their purchases on a screen, these…

San Diego’s Seaport Village Looks To Move Into The Next Era Of Retail

It may be the end of an era, as Seaport Village’s 40-year lease has come to an end. The 70-acre waterfront site will soon be reinvented to include an observation tower, aquarium with butterfly exhibit, public space, hotel rooms, retail, office…

Retail Developments May Change — But They Don’t Halt — in LA

There is much talk that new, ground-up retail development is all but finished throughout most of the country. Two monster projects in the Los Angeles area prove this is far from the case. Palisades Village The coastal community of Pacific Palisades…

Purpose Before Product, Experience Before Retail

Retail Insight recently sat down with Hernan Martinez, CEO of Cuestamoras Urbanismo, to discuss the changing landscape of shopping centers as they become more of a community center for the cities they service. Martinez has firsthand experience with this as…

RECon 2018: A Pivotal Year in Retail’s History

There is change, and then there is change. While talk has been rampant for the past couple of years that the industry is evolving in ways never before seen, 2018 seems to be the pinnacle of that momentum, according to…

Madison Marquette’s Whitney Livingston on Customization, Localization and Activation

Whitney Livingston, Senior Vice President, Madison Marquette recently sat down with Retail Insight to discuss what makes consumers tick nowadays. Regardless of consumers’ personal style or brand preferences, Livingston says one thing is clear: the power to keep shoppers in a…

Retail Owners, Investors Work Hard to ‘Fit’ In

There was a time not too long ago when gyms and exercise studios were less than welcome at many of the nation’s premier retail destinations. My, how the times have changed. While parking, exclusive-use clauses and co-tenancy can still be tricky,…

Moreno Valley’s Growth Inspires Retail Expansion

Situated in the fastest-growing region of the United States, the Inland Empire’s Moreno Valley, California, is only an hour away from Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties and less than three hours from Nevada, Arizona and Mexico. At an…

Boutique Fitness Company Xponential Fitness Eyes National, International Expansion

Today’s shopping center owners are looking to offer experiences to their customers — and they are looking for tenants that offer experiences that bring those customers back frequently.  Boutique fitness concepts —  with their devoted followers that often work out multiple times…

Do Amazon’s Latest Moves Signal Strength, Confidence in Brick-and-Mortar Retail?

Retail real estate has more than just a slight emphasis on the property portion of the retail landscape. Since most shopping center players have had that part of the equation down pat, many of these real estate experts are now…

Mixing Uses for a Winning Retail Strategy with RaCo Real Estate’s Ralph J. Conti

Ralph J. Conti, principal and managing member of Atlanta-based RaCo Real Estate, is a development partner on Celebration Pointe, a 1-million-square-foot, mixed-use development in Gainesville, Florida. The 160-acre project includes office and residential components, along with a barrage of retail,…

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