Category Archives: retail

Cushman & Wakefield|NorthMarq: Commercial real estate market sizzling in Twin Cities

by Dan Rafter How hot is the Twin Cities’ commercial real estate market? The latest Compass report from Cushman & Wakefield|NorthMarq tells the story: New construction activity here is soaring, but vacancy rates are not. The overall vacancy rate in … Continue reading

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Surprise! Strip malls aren’t always ugly

by Dan Rafter Strip malls are ugly, right? Not necessarily. Midwest Real Estate News recently asked the retail brokers at Southfield, Michigan’s Farbman Group for examples of retail strip centers that actually boasted some visual flair. They came up with … Continue reading

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Grocery stores aren’t always the ideal anchor tenants

by Dan Rafter Joe Parrott, a senior vice president of retail services at CBRE’s Bannockburn, Illinois, office, has long studied the performance of retail anchors. He even releases a regular Chicago Retail Anchor Report. In Parrott’s most recent report — … Continue reading

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How to get Whole Foods to open in your retail center

by Dan Rafter You’re developing a retail center. You’d love to have it anchored by one of the grocery business’ hottest stars, Whole Foods Market. But how do you attract the grocer to your development? It all comes down to … Continue reading

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What do investors love? Strip centers anchored by grocery stores … still

by Dan Rafter Stability. That’s the word Joe Girardi uses when talking about the retail strip centers across the Midwest that are anchored by a Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, Meijer or other grocery stores. These are the retail centers … Continue reading

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The Midwest’s secondary markets are seeing a boom in mixed-use development

by Dan Rafter A new study by CBRE Group says that secondary markets in the Midwest are seeing a boom of mixed-use urban development and population growth. The CBRE study says that markets such as Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Minneapolis … Continue reading

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Chain Store Guide report: Most adults still not confident in U.S. economy

by Dan Rafter How strong would you say the U.S. economy is today? If you’re like the majority of U.S. adults, you wouldn’t call it strong at all. That’s the consensus from the July Consumer Spending Report from Chain Store … Continue reading

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