Category Archives: retail

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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Canadian coffee and doughnuts coming to St. Louis: First Tim Hortons in the region to open this summer

by Dan Rafter Don’t know Tim Hortons? If you live in the St. Louis area, that’s about to change. Tim Hortons is an institution in Canada. The Oakville, Ontario-based chain was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario. Tim Hortons has … Continue reading

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The good news from Midwest Real Estate News’ Cleveland Commercial Real Estate Summit? The city’s CRE market firmly in growth mode

by Dan Rafter The Cleveland market is hot, especially in the city’s downtown core. That’s the message that speakers shared with attendees at the Cleveland Commercial Real Estate Summit held by Midwest Real Estate News in late May at the … Continue reading

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Marcus & Millichap’s prediction: Expect plenty of retail activity through rest of 2015

by Dan Rafter The retailers are following the people. That’s why so many new shops are opening in the downtowns of Midwest cities today. Retailers need shoppers. And a growing number of the most valued shoppers — young adults under … Continue reading

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A recovering CRE market means busy times for commercial lenders

by Dan Rafter A strong commercial real estate market means busy times for commercial lenders. Developers, investors and owners are all seeking financing today, whether they want to acquire a building, refinance existing debt or nab a construction loan for … Continue reading

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