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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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Sandy Sigal NewMark Merrill Communication Retail

Sandy Sigal, president and CEO of NewMark Merrill in Calabasas, Calif., thinks it’s about time we update the real estate adage, “If you build it, they will come.” In a market grappling with online shopping, inflation, high interest rates and more, Sigal believes the real advice today is, “If you communicate, they will come.” This sort of high-level communication shouldn’t just apply to the public but also to a retail landlord’s merchants and company employees. An elevated approach to sharing information means a wealth of accessible data to help NewMark …

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Davon Barbour Comprehensive Approach to Retail Strategy New Orleans

Laissez les bons temps vendre! Let the good times retail! The Downtown Development District of the City of New Orleans (DDD) is tasked with developing retail in the Canal Street area, a zone bounded by Iberville Street, the Pontchartrain Expressway, Claiborne Avenue and the Mississippi River. The DDD brings a comprehensive approach to attracting a diverse offering of retailers and restaurants to this stretch most famous as the site of Caesars Superdome. And DDD has a strategy like no other to accomplish its goals, a strategy that includes attracting retail, …

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Hacienda-Crossing-Dublin-Calif

Dublin, Calif. — Vestar has been appointed by PNC Realty Investors to manage Hacienda Crossing, a 438,500-square-foot retail center located in Dublin, roughly 35 miles southeast of San Francisco. Regal Cinemas, Best Buy, PGA Golf Superstore, Ulta Beauty, TJ Maxx and Barnes & Noble anchor the property. Vestar currently operates 30 million square feet of retail space across almost 70 properties.

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Angela Sweeney quote digital marketing strategy

By Angela Sweeney, executive director of Pylot™, a digital platform from Imaginuity Commercial real estate retail marketers today must navigate an increasingly complex marketing landscape. How can you identify the right tools and technologies necessary to scale your marketing presence efficiently across locations? Many people talk a good game about the benefits of integrated marketing technology ecosystems. When done right, the approach can improve operating efficiencies, enhance the customer experience, strengthen tenant relationships and potentially raise the value of your properties. But when the rubber meets the road, implementing the …

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Sandy Sigal Prop Tech quote

The popularity of property technology (prop tech) has expanded rapidly as retail owners and operators look for chances to streamline and improve their properties via data collection. However, says Sandy Sigal, president and CEO of NewMark Merrill, the hardest part of making prop tech useful isn’t collecting data. “The hard part about implementing prop tech successfully is making sure that the data is understandable, actionable and can be used by a wide array of people. It’s easy to be overwhelmed with data, and it can be very hard to draw …

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Sandy Sigal NewMark Merrill Proptech

“Retail has one very serious advantage as an asset class — it provides a lot of data. However, very few people actually look at the data,” says Sandy Sigal, president and CEO of NewMark Merrill. Historically, gathering data required landlords and managers to physically visit sites, and data insights would likely have been skewed based on time of day for the visit, momentary traffic variables or incomplete sales reports. Today’s technology automatically captures much more complete data related to consumer demographics and behavior patterns. For today’s shopping center owners, the …

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  Webinar: Las Vegas Retail Outlook — How is the Las Vegas Retail Sector responding to COVID-19?  hosted by Shopping Center Business and Western Real Estate Business, covers the approaches taken by an expert panel of retail leaders responding to COVID-19. Watch Webinar: Las Vegas Retail Outlook — How is the Las Vegas Retail Sector responding to COVID-19? to learn what retailers, restaurants, and developers need to thrive and what our panelists anticipate for retail in the near future. See a list of some topics covered below. How significantly has decreased tourism affected …

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    (Panelists, top, left to right): Ralph Conti, RaCo Real Estate Advisors; Cindy Schooler, SRS Real Estate Partners; Chuck Whittall, Unicorp National Developments. Shopping Center Business and Southeast Real Estate Business hosted “Central Florida Retail Outlook: How are Central Florida Markets Responding to COVID-19?” Watch to hear how the retail leaders are adapting to the challenges of COVID-19 and its fallout for tourism and travel. See a list of some topics covered below: To what extent has tourism declined in Central Florida this year — and how significantly has that affected the retail …

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