Category Archives: retail

The challenges facing McDonald’s

by Dan Rafter McDonald’s has long been important to the Midwest. The golden arches dominate the fast-food industry in the Midwest’s major cities. And the company’s headquarters is located right outside of Chicago, in the suburb of Oak Brook, Ill. … Continue reading

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NAI Isaac: Lexington’s CRE market was steady, not spectacular, in 2014

by Dan Rafter Count Lexington, Ken., as another Midwest market that saw a solid, but not spectacular, year in 2014. That’s the takeaway from the year-end commercial real estate report released by Lexington’s NAI Isaac. Like many markets across the … Continue reading

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LANE4 expecting a stronger retail showing in Kansas City this year

by Dan Rafter Cautiously optimistic. That was the mindset that retailers in Kansas City had in 2014, according to the latest retail report from LANE4 Property Group. According to the report, Kansas City’s retail market saw steady, stable growth last … Continue reading

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Associated Bank: Opening a universe of possibilities with new REIT division

by Dan Rafter Associated Bank has long been active in the Middle Market space in the Midwest. But the bank’s leaders had bigger plans: They wanted to expand into the corporate real estate space. And to do that, Associated Bank … Continue reading

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HSA Commercial, Fiduciary Real Estate Development: Building a destination development for the Milwaukee market

by Dan Rafter Officials with Chicago’s HSA Commercial always had big dreams for its Mayfair Collection mixed-use development in the Burleigh Triangle area of Wauwatosa, Wis. Now those plans include up to 1,050 luxury housing units. The luxury apartments mark … Continue reading

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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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