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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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Curtis Hodges STNL quote

The single-tenant net lease (STNL) market has enjoyed quite the ride. Rents are rising and cap rates are at or near all-time lows. 2021 was a record year for STNL transaction volume, with $103 billion in investment sales, according to Stan Johnson Company’s research, and the first quarter of 2022 has already exceeded quarter-one 2021 by more than 30 percent. At the same time, national STNL inventory has remained very constrained. This makes it a good time to be a net lease seller. Selling, Buying the Dream “There is still …

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Josh Williams retail leasing, development and sales activity

Josh Williams, senior vice president and director of investments out of Cullinan Properties’ Houston office, has been closely monitoring the leasing, development and sales activity for brick and mortar since our national emergence from the pandemic began. Below are the trends he sees, and where he believes this market is headed. Retail Insight: What would you say is the overarching trend in retail real estate right now? Williams: As we emerge from the pandemic, we are seeing a wide variety of retail assets returning to pre-2020 activity levels, all with one overarching …

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Moreno Valley Business

Successful companies looking to expand their brand know there is one location in Southern California that consistently beats the rest: the City of Moreno Valley. There’s a reason that companies like Sprouts, Raising Cane’s, Texas Roadhouse, Hilton, Capriotti’s and WoodSpring Suites are expanding in the city. They are supported by Moreno Valley’s second-to-none pro-business environment, a skilled and motivated workforce, strategic location and affordable lease rates. Fortune 500 and international companies are thriving in Moreno Valley, and here’s why. Location, Location, Location Situated at the junction of SR-60 and I-215, …

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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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Necessity Retail open-air and single-tenant service properties

The Necessity Retail REIT, Inc. has closed on the acquisition of 77 open-air shopping centers and two single-tenant service retail properties as part of a previously announced 81-property, $1.3 billion portfolio acquisition. A strategic rebranding in February from American Finance Trust reflects a continuing focus on the shopping habits of today’s consumer, says Michael Weil, CEO of The Necessity Retail REIT, Inc. “Where America Shops.” And where America shops, according to Weil, is in the suburbs. “Whether they’re on their way home from work or taking the kids to school, …

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Downtown Murrieta

The city of Murrieta is a city on the grow — and for this area, the process of developing means expanding and deepening retail offerings, many of which are in the realm of experiential retail. The city is seeking to make a name for itself as it expands its offering for its residents and attracts visitors interested in family friendly fun, dining experiences and resorts that cater to relaxation. Located in Southwest Riverside County between Los Angeles and San Diego, Murrieta has a population of more than 118,000. The city …

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Shaun Riley tenant retail investment quote

Multifamily and industrial may be the hottest product types for investors in today’s current market, but Jeff Conover and Shaun Riley, managing principals at Irvine, Calif.-based Faris Lee Investments, believe retail presents the optimum opportunity for achieving strong cash-on-cash yields for investors. “It comes down to one thing,” explains Conover. “Higher yield.” Triple-net leases also mean expenses get passed down to the tenant. Speaking of tenants, Riley notes that tenant rosters are stronger than ever nowadays. The pandemic culled the herd a bit, so to speak, but the tenants who …

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Malls are not dead, but the formula has certainly changed, notes Carmen Spinoso, CEO of Spinoso Real Estate Group. That’s because there is no formula any longer when it comes to these assets. The one-size-fits-all approach no longer works, but that doesn’t mean winning strategies can’t be found. These strategies, Spinoso asserts, vary based on demographics, consumer profiles, existing retailers and competition within the market. He believes today’s strategy is part art and part science, but reinvigorating these spaces can be done. Spinoso is in the middle of two such …

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Much of the spotlight surrounding in-demand tenants at today’s shopping centers is focused on food and beverage and entertainment users. This is a solid strategy, agrees Steven Maksin, founder and CEO of Moonbeam Capital Investments, but it should not be the only initiative. Instead, these tenants should round out a larger roster that includes other internet-resistant industries. This can boil down to services and alternative uses, as Maksin explains. Maksin and his team have had great success introducing everything from DMVs to creative offices, police academies, colleges and medical users …

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