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Sarah Daniels

Shaun Riley Faris Lee Retail Investment

The three managing principals at Irvine, Calif.-based Faris Lee Investments — Shaun Riley, Jeff Conover and Don MacLellan — see retail as the best investment class today. The reason? Strong fundamentals across the board, including low vacancy rates, minimal new construction and strong tenant sales. The trio live in the same world as the rest of us, where interest rates and economic uncertainty have deterred many, but to them, the fact remains that retail has never been stronger as an asset class. “People say it’s a bad market. It’s not …

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  Leasing activity, occupancy and capital markets demand for multi-tenant retail remain strong, but interest rate hikes have brought transactions to a halt. “On the supply side, we just aren’t seeing a lot of listings out there,” says Patrick Kelley, associate vice president with Northmarq. “There is not a lot of activity in terms of sales,” explains Ernest DesRochers, senior vice president and managing director with Northmarq. “Buyers are looking for shorter-term financing, being able to prepay with little or no penalty, and hoping to take advantage of lower rates in …

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  “Retailers are doing well, but growth is challenging as there isn’t much space to be had,” says Greg Eisenman, managing director of retail tenant services at Franklin Street. There is a major appetite for deals, but interest rates and construction costs have made development difficult, so it is taking longer for retailers to find space and close deals. The challenges are part of the overall historical retail cycle, explains Eisenman. “As brokers, we have to get a lot more creative, and just continue to dig deeper and harder. Nothing’s coming …

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  Sandy Sigal believes in a holistic approach to the properties he’s acquired. He pairs tech-savvy data gathering to understand trends and opportunities with a focus on creating shopping experiences consumers crave and connection with their communities. This strategy is essential to making NewMark Merrill’s projects into successes, including the company’s latest California projects: the Rialto Village shopping center in the Inland Empire, which just completed preleasing, and the Corbin & Parthenia shopping center in the San Fernando Valley area, which is slated for renovations. Knowing your customers allows you to account for their retail needs and desires …

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If the conventional wisdom is that the worst loans are made in the best of times, then a return to fundamentals and positive risk/return dynamics seems likely in the near future, according to Michael Klein, founding principal and CEO of Freedom Financial Funds. Today’s market is not unprecedented, says Klein. “It is a moment that we’ve lived through in the past, where buyers and sellers are just not on the same page.” Currently, the rising cost of capital means a lack of transactions, but Klein notes that historical trends indicate activity will pick up, …

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The retail growth of the City of Moreno Valley, in Southern California’s Inland Empire submarket, has been fueled by jobs and residential development in the area. One of the fastest growing cities in Southern California, Moreno Valley’s population has increased by 3.3 percent over last year, in part because of companies moving into the area, which is already home to two electric vehicle manufacturers alongside ALDI, SKECHERS, Amazon and more. Nearby State Route 60 and Interstate 215 consistently advertise Moreno Valley to the 56.2 million people who pass through the area by car each year. Moreno Valley …

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  Thinking ahead, WHLR proactively managed its exposure to volatile capital markets and an inflationary environment. In 2021, the company refinanced all its loans that were set to mature within seven years, garnering the REIT low cost, fixed-rate debt set for the next 10 years. In addition, WHLR’s focus on the service, convenience and necessity retail tenant categories in secondary and tertiary markets has helped shield the company from the impacts of inflation risk, explains Andy Franklin, CEO of WHLR. The company’s 2022 merger with Cedar Realty Trust also helped …

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  The City of New Orleans is famous for its events — from parades at Mardi Gras to its world-renowned Jazz Fest and food-themed festivals. The New Orleans Downtown Development District (DDD) is intent on using those celebratory events to drive the city’s visitors to experience and enjoy all the retail that the Canal Street commercial district has to offer. New Orleans’ focus on history, experiences and food makes stopping and enjoying Downtown New Orleans a natural activity for visitors. Famous restaurants, upscale retailers, music and cultural attractions, plus exciting events repeatedly draw tourists …

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  Glendale, California is home to some of Southern California’s most popular destinations and its draw for merchants, residents and visitors is undeniable. Brookfield’s Glendale Galleria and Caruso’s The Americana at Brand are two of the top shopping centers in California, iconic locations for major retailers. What can Glendale offer to make itself even more attractive for a wider range of businesses? The city is focused on streamlining permitting systems and offering a concierge service to ensure promptness, according to Bradley Calvert, director of community development for the City of Glendale.  “Typically we assign a …

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Frisco Texas Retail Jeff Cheney quote

Just 25 miles north of Dallas sits Frisco, Texas, a city that’s famous for The Star — the 91-acre Dallas Cowboys’ world headquarters and practice facility. Like many Texans, Jeff Cheney, mayor of Frisco, loves The Star, but he loves even more the opportunities it provides to residents, visitors, nearby businesses and anyone who wants to be a part of the action. “With seven million visitors a year, we’re known as ‘Sports City USA,’” Mayor Cheney says. “One of the biggest things you can do as a city is help local …

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