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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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  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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  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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Where are the opportunities in today’s single tenant net lease (STNL) market? The ever-changing nature of today’s retail environment has placed an emphasis on finding the best properties, while compressed cap rates and rising interest rates have created obstacles for investors looking for yield. Rent increases, tenant types, lease timelines and risk tolerance are all on the minds of established investors in the market as well as those looking to enter the arena for the first time. Regarding the new tenant entries to the net lease market, Curtis Hodges, senior vice …

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Where does net lease stand at the moment? As cap rates compress for single tenant net lease (STNL) deals, investors are expanding their outlooks to find retail opportunities. Multi-tenant centers, particularly three-to-five-tenant strip centers, are the property types currently appealing to Jake Baratz, sales manager & vice president of retail at Taylor Street. These traditionally second-tier net lease options are now garnering a second glance from STNL buyers and 1031 exchange buyers, especially for assets with strong tenants, long-term leases and good cashflow. Baratz sees increasing numbers of 1031 buyers …

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