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Minneapolis’ Doran Companies gets a boost: Will manage Robert Muir Company’s retail centers in Twin Cities

by Dan Rafter Bloomington, Minn.-based Doran Companies just boosted its property management portfolio by five regional shopping centers. That’s because officials with Robert Muir Company are closing the company’s operations and management offices in Edina, Minn. In doing so, the … Continue reading

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RE/MAX’s Hulsey: To maximize the service, maximize the marketing, too

by Dan Rafter Mark Hulsey, managing broker of RE/MAX Results Commercial in Saint Paul, Minn., has a simple philosophy about the importance of marketing: If you want to maximize the service that you provide to clients, you must maximize your … Continue reading

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A retail renaissance in Detroit?

Is a retail renaissance underway in Detroit? One Detroit architecture and design professional thinks so. And he has plenty of evidence to back up his opinion. Guest post by Bob Kraemer, Kraemer Design Group Downtown Detroit is a continually evolving … Continue reading

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The U.S. economy? Only 6 percent of us feel it’s excellent

by Dan Rafter Would you consider the U.S. economy to be an excellent one today? About 6 percent of U.S. residents do — though it’s hard to see why. Chain Store Guide recently released its December Consumer Spending Report. And … Continue reading

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To sell or not to sell? Even Hamlet wouldn’t puzzle over this one

by Bill Bubniak Executive Vice President, Farbman Group “To sell or not to sell?” Hamlet himself would have had no trouble making this decision. Across the Midwest, a convergence of market forces, a favorable supply-and-demand curve and fortuitous financial factors … Continue reading

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Cedar Street to bring new life to Chicago’s 800 N. Clark

by Dan Rafter The land-marked building at 800 N. Clark St. in Chicago will soon be getting a major makeover, thanks to the efforts of Chicago-based holding company Cedar Street Co. Cedar Street recently purchased 800 N. Clark St., a … Continue reading

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Vape shops coming to the rescue of struggling Midwest strip malls?

by Dan Rafter How popular are electronic cigarettes these days? I counted four new vapor shops in my medium-size Chicago suburb yesterday, all of which opened in the last half year. And this is at a time when more stores … Continue reading

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