Category Archives: retail

As interest rates rise, commercial financing enters a new phase

by Dan Rafter No one knows yet just what kind of president Donald Trump will be. But one immediate result of his election was a quick rise in interest rates. And that has already brought a change to way developers … Continue reading

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A merry holiday season for retailers? JLL is predicting one

by Dan Rafter How active will holiday shoppers be this season? JLL has some good news for retailers: The company in its latest report predicts that holiday sales will grow this year by healthy 3.5 percent to 4 percent. The … Continue reading

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Expect shoppers to flock to the stores this Thanksgiving weekend

by Dan Rafter What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Planning on watching some football after wolfing down your turkey and pumpkin pie? Or are you going to get a jump on your holiday shopping? If you’re like a growing number … Continue reading

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Want the shoppers to come? Try free samples

by Dan Rafter How do retailers get shoppers to their stores? Events matter. And free samples help. According to a survey by Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates and Harris Poll, nearly 75 percent of adults say they are happy to shop … Continue reading

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Singles’ Day record more evidence: Consumers love shopping online

by Dan Rafter Smart retailers know that they can’t fight it: Consumers love shopping online. Savvy retailers, then, are focusing on a combination of brick-and-mortar and online strategies to remain relevant these days. Just look at Walmart, which, of course, … Continue reading

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Hungry for some turkey day shopping? These national retailers will be open on Thanksgiving

by Dan Rafter Black Friday starts so early at many retailers, it should really be called Black Thursday. Each year, more national chains open their doors to bargain hunters on Thanksgiving evening. And that’s not changing this year. A long … Continue reading

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The secrets to reviving struggling downtowns? Taller buildings, narrower streets and on-street parking can help

by Dan Rafter It was plain to see: The downtown business strip that had so long thrived in Birmingham, Michigan, was struggling. Bob Gibbs, an urban planner and chief executive officer of Birmingham-based Gibbs Planning, pointed to the luxury mall … Continue reading

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