Category Archives: retail

CRE can transform neighborhoods, say Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference panelists

by Dan Rafter Commercial real estate has the ability to transform entire neighborhoods. A panel of CRE experts addressed this during the Transforming Real Estate session of REJournals’ 15th annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference held today in Chicago. Panelists … Continue reading

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Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference icons: Country’s uncertainty bleeding into CRE industry

by Dan Rafter The Icons in Real Estate panel brought some of the biggest names in commercial real estate to REJournals’ 15th annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference today in Chicago. These commercial leaders shared their thoughts on how the … Continue reading

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Malls still have their place – but they need to adapt

by Dan Rafter Shopping malls were already struggling. Then Sears announced it would close 150 Sears and Kmart locations. Macy’s announced it will shutter 68 stores. These stores are anchors for malls across the Midwest. The new round of closings … Continue reading

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The coffee wars are on: Dunkin’ Donuts hopes to siphon at least some of Starbucks’ customers

by Dan Rafter Dunkin’ Donuts is taking aim at Starbucks, expanding across the country — and on other continents — in an attempt to snatch business away from its higher-end rival. Just look at the numbers: Last year, Dunkin’ Donuts … Continue reading

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The power of Amazon, online shopping will only rise in 2017

by Dan Rafter The most important commercial real estate trend for 2017? In little surprise, it’s the continued rise of Amazon and online shopping. In its latest U.S. economic forecast, Cushman & Wakefield says that the popularity of e-commerce will … Continue reading

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Real Capital Markets: Investors still sweet on commercial real estate

by Dan Rafter Investors still love commercial real estate. And they love multifamily properties most of all. That’s the takeaway from a national investment survey published this January by Real Capital Markets. The company completed the survey in November of … Continue reading

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Another challenge for retailers: Holiday shoppers increasingly motivated by discounts this year

by Dan Rafter Another holiday shopping season has come to an end. But how merry was it for retailers? Pretty merry, according to the latest figures from the National Retail Federation. The federation said that holiday shoppers spent more this … Continue reading

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