Category Archives: retail

What retailers are expanding today? Think food, coffee and cheap

by Dan Rafter What retailers have expansion plans in the Chicago market? Look toward those offering a quick lunch or morning coffee. Randy Blankstein, president of The Boulder Group in Northbrook, Illinois, said that those tenants that have been expanding in … Continue reading

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Thriving as a brick-and-mortar retailer today? It’s all about creating experiences

by Dan Rafter Chad Firsel doesn’t hesitate when asked what makes for a successful brick-and-mortar retailer today: Those retailers that are thriving are offering experiences, ones that can’t be duplicated online. Firsel, president of Chicago’s Quantum Real Estate Advisors, points … Continue reading

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Mid-America’s $10 million deal another sign of strength in St. Louis’ retail market

by Dan Rafter The retail market has been slowly, but steadily, improving in the St. Louis area. An example of that came earlier this month, when Mid-America Real Estate Corporation’s investment sales team closed a $10 million retail sale in … Continue reading

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The fast-casual restaurant boom continues across the Midwest

by Dan Rafter Erin Patton has seen the same trend that retail experts across the Midwest have witnessed: Fast-casual restaurants are hot, and the demand for them in cities throughout the region is only increasing. Patton, vice president of investments … Continue reading

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Diverse economy continues to fuel Omaha’s hot commercial real estate market

  by Dan Rafter There are plenty of reasons why Omaha’s commercial real estate market is performing so well. But Trenton Magid, executive vice president with Omaha’s NAI NP Dodge, says that diversity might be the key. Omaha is powered … Continue reading

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Steady CRE market keeps Lexington strong

  by Dan Rafter The best word to describe the commercial real estate market in Lexington, Kentucky? Steady. Consider the latest research from Lexington’s NAI Isaac. According to the company’s mid-year commercial real estate report, the retail vacancy rate in … Continue reading

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Latest numbers: Retail vacancy rates to fall below 5 percent in Columbus’ downtown core

  By Dan Rafter Consumers are spending again in Columbus. How much? Marcus & Millichap recently reported that consumer spending has increased enough so that retail vacancy rates in the Columbus market are now at half of where they stood … Continue reading

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