Category Archives: retail

Noddle Companies ready to change the face of Western Omaha

by Dan Rafter With its latest development project, Noddle Companies is poised to transform the western half of Omaha, giving this slice of the city a new downtown on long-undeveloped land. The project — known for now as the West … Continue reading

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Relevant retailing: Staying ahead of the industry curve

Guest post by Dale Watchowski, REDICO, and Chris Brochert, Lormax Stern With recessionary pressures an increasingly distant memory, the Michigan retail landscape is moving into a cycle of growth that this impacted less by the stresses of the late 2000s … Continue reading

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Building the perfect strip center? It takes patience and the right mix of retailers

by Dan Rafter There are strip malls that seem cursed. Half their stores are vacant at all times. Their parking lots are crumbling. Businesses open one week and are gone by the following month. There are others that lead a … Continue reading

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Top five music videos in which commercial real estate plays a starring role

by Dan Rafter Remember when MTV still played music videos? I do. And I remember, too, that there were plenty of those videos in which office towers, skyscrapers, grocery stores and other commercial real estate played a big role. Sure, … Continue reading

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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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