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Sarah Daniels

  At the ICSC LAS VEGAS 2024 conference, Nelli Day of Retail Insight interviewed Monetha Cobb, chief marketing officer, and Greg Matus, senior vice president of investment sales, of Franklin Street, to discuss the prevailing challenges and future trends in the retail industry. Key Challenges in Retail The primary hurdle in the retail sector is the fluctuating market and rising interest rates, which have significantly slowed down transactions. Investors and developers are finding it tougher to secure deals as banks enforce stricter lending criteria. Despite a slight uptick in activity, …

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  At the ICSC LAS VEGAS 2024 conference, Nellie Day from Retail Insight spoke with Nate Tower, president and founder of Broad Reach Retail Partners, to explore the evolving landscape of retail and upcoming trends in the space. Broad Reach Retail Partners focuses on revitalizing underperforming shopping centers via a holistic, full-cycle approach that considers leasing, management, construction and acquisition. Tower emphasizes the importance of assessing a matrix of key performance indicators (KPIs) — including capital requirements, tenant mix and market demographics — to develop and execute effective business plans …

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  Sandy Sigal argues that the evolving fields of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are a perfect fit for retail. “We generate the most relevant data on an everyday basis, and that data affects the outcomes and success of our centers,” explains Sigal. In a discussion on the pivotal role of technology in the retail sector, Sigal emphasizes that understanding customer behavior is paramount for shopping center owners. By leveraging technology to track customer movement and sentiment — where they come from, how long they stay, how they feel about …

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  At the ICSC LAS VEGAS 2024 conference, Nellie Day of Retail Insight discussed the current investment climate with Shaun Riley, managing principal of Faris Lee Investments. Riley highlights key aspects of the retail environment — discussing interest rates, bid-ask spreads, navigating the market and more. Investor Sentiment and Market Reactions Riley explains that investor sentiment is significantly influenced by interest rates. After two decades of low rates, recent hikes have led to a cautious approach among investors. “A lot of [investors] are waiting out until they see the returns …

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  Located in Southern California’s Inland Empire, Moreno Valley has emerged as a significant growth center and a friendly home to retail. As highlighted by Melissa McClain, head of marketing & business attraction for the city, the area’s robust development is driven by substantial job creation and strategic planning. “Truly the catalyst for the growth in Moreno Valley has been jobs. We’ve created more than 34,000 jobs in the last eleven years. And because of that, we now have more than 7,700 single-family and multifamily residential units that are either …

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NewMark Merrill AI quote

Automation is not only here to stay — it’s here to make the tasks of owning, operating, marketing and leasing a shopping center easier. That is the view of Sandy Sigal, chairman, CEO and president of Calabasas, Calif.-based NewMark Merrill Companies. “I see automation as a net positive,” he explains. “The efficiency level inside shopping centers is going to go way up. Customer satisfaction levels are going to go way up too.” Sigal envisions a future where personalization, driven by artificial intelligence (AI), transforms the shopping experience, offering tailored recommendations and …

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Broad Reach Retail Mike Castellitto quote from article + headshot

No matter the economic climate, the formula for creating value in properties will always be a retail property owner’s best friend. That’s why Broad Reach Retail Partners uses a multi-faceted approach that includes data-driven key performance indicators (KPIs) to drive their plans of action, strategic redevelopment and ongoing budget updates that optimize net operating income (NOI). “Through focused management, leasing and discipline, we create value, and we are able to return those dividends to our partners, properties and people,” says COO Mike Castellitto. “We have seen time and time again …

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A strategic location and concierge business services have created robust growth in Moreno Valley, Calif.

Thriving enterprises seeking to broaden their reach recognize a prime destination in Southern California that consistently outperforms others: Moreno Valley. Companies such as Sprouts Farmers Market, Texas Roadhouse, 85°C Bakery, Raising Cane’s, Hilton, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop and WoodSpring Suites are extending their presence in the city for good reason. They benefit from Moreno Valley’s unparalleled business-friendly atmosphere, a driven workforce, strategic positioning and competitive leasing rates. Fortune 500 and global corporations are flourishing in Moreno Valley, and below are some of the reasons why. Strategic Positioning Situated at the junction …

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Jeff Conover Faris Lee Retail quote from article

Don MacLellan, managing principal at Faris Lee Investments in Irvine, Calif., knows it’s a challenging market. “Deal volume is off 40-60 percent from two years ago,” he says. “Back then, there was so much deal momentum because demand was so much higher than supply. Now, it’s the opposite, and due to lower transaction volume, 1031 demand is off significantly. So, the question becomes, how do you create strong demand with fewer 1031 exchange requirements?” It’s a question MacLellan and his fellow Faris Lee managing principals Jeff Conover and Shaun Riley …

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    The Feb. 27 Shopping Center Business webinar “Inside the Restructuring of a Retailer” detailed early warning signs for retailers in distress, as well as decision-making processes and strategies to restructure inside or outside of Chapter 11. What is needed for a successful restructuring? What kind of roles do firms retained in bankruptcy cases play in arranging prep work, navigating competing stakeholder agendas and arranging critical payment dates and short-term liquidity management? Learn more from this brief one-hour discussion that covers both the headlines and the behind-the-scenes process of restructuring for retailers. Click …

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