Category Archives: retail

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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Michigan metro areas becoming friendlier to walkers — but there’s still a long way to go

by Dan Rafter Landlords trying to attract tenants to their buildings are increasingly focusing on how walkable their surrounding communities are. Consumers who are renting because they want to — not because they can’t buy a home — want to … Continue reading

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Sansone Group’s Kornfeld: Consumers are shopping again

by Dan Rafter Mark Kornfeld, senior associate for  retail and new development for St. Louis’ Sansone Group, has some good news: Consumers are more confident today. Because of this, they’re heading back to strip centers and grocery stores. Kornfeld recently … Continue reading

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Mayo Clinic Square set to make big impact in downtown Minneapolis

by Dan Rafter The Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA and the Lynx of the WNBA have moved into their new training center and corporate headquarters in the center of downtown Minneapolis, the newly rejuvenated and renamed Mayo Clinic Square. And … Continue reading

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