Category Archives: retail

Thanks to Oppidan, grocery-anchored retail trend comes to Twin Cities-area lakeside community

by Dan Rafter Excelsior had long been known mostly as a resort town, one that attracted tourists from the Twin Cities — just about 12 miles away — and beyond during the summer months but was quiet when the temperatures … Continue reading

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What happens when a shopping mall dies

by Dan Rafter Northland Center Mall in Southfield, Michigan, was once the busiest of places. First opening to the public in 1954, the mall featured a four-level Hudson’s department store. Six years later, the mall opened its movie theater, one … Continue reading

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Consumers are getting more confident — but how long could they survive if they lost their jobs?

by Dan Rafter To sell more of their t-shirts, gym shoes, hammers and love seats, chain stores need one thing: consumers who are confident in the economy. There’s good news on that front from the Chain Store Guide. The guide’s … Continue reading

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Baum Realty Group’s investment sales team celebrates impressive run of Chicago-area sales

by Dan Rafter Baum Realty Group’s investment sales team of Danny Spitz and Greg Dietz recently celebrated an impressive feat: The pair brokered the sales of five multi-million dollar properties in the Chicago area. The team’s big deals included a … Continue reading

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Lormax Stern and Macomb Mall enjoying a retail success story in Michigan

by Dan Rafter The Great Mall of the Great Plains is just the latest: The community mall in Olathe, Kansas, will shut down in the fall of this year. The mall, which opened in 1997, was less than half full … Continue reading

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Sperry Van Ness’ Pliska: Now is the time to invest in Detroit

by Dan Rafter Robert Pliska, owner and managing director with Sperry Van Ness|Property Investment Advisors in Birmingham, Michigan, likes what he sees these days in Detroit. Yes, the city has plenty of work ahead of it. But it’s also on … Continue reading

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Big crowd celebrates strengthening market during MREN’s Columbus Commercial Real Estate Summit

by Dan Rafter More than 200 commercial real estate professionals attended Midwest Real Estate News’ Columbus Commercial Real Estate Summit: A Gathering of Industry Experts in early April at Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph, the new hotel in downtown Columbus … Continue reading

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