Category Archives: retail

For retail success today? Smaller is better

by Dan Rafter Midwest Real Estate News recently spoke with Jeff Berta, senior director of real estate development with Chicago’s Structured Development, about the state of the retail sector. Berta said that the retail segment is on the rise, with … Continue reading

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Retail market a tale of two cities – thriving in downtown Chicago, mixed-bag in the suburbs

by Dan Rafter Illinois Real Estate Journal recently spoke with Patrick Owens, senior vice president of retail advisory services in the Chicago office of Transwestern, about the strength of the retail market in Chicago. Here is some of what he … Continue reading

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National, local retailers keep flocking to Grand Rapids

by Dan Rafter Grand Rapids is in the middle of a retail boom, with the occupancy rate of retail properties in the market soaring to 91.06 percent in the first quarter of 2016. That is just one piece of good … Continue reading

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Associated Bank’s Schmidt: People matter when it comes to commercial financing

by Dan Rafter Midwest Real Estate News spoke with Paul Schmidt, Associated Bank’s head of commercial real estate, about what it takes for investors and developers to qualify for commercial financing today. The key, Schmidt says, is the people behind the … Continue reading

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Kraus-Anderson turning “wind-swept parking lot” into another destination in downtown Minneapolis

by Dan Rafter Minneapolis developer Kraus-Anderson celebrated the ground-breaking on its new 100,000-square-foot headquarters April 28. But the night was about more than the new five-story building at 525 S. 8th St. in downtown Minneapolis. It was about a master … Continue reading

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Despite bankruptcies and online disruption, U.S. shopping centers enjoy steady start to 2016

by Dan Rafter Higher rents and fewer empty spaces, that’s what the owners of shopping centers across the United States are enjoying today. Cushman & Wakefield’s first-quarter U.S. Shopping Center Snapshot shows that while shopping centers across the country aren’t … Continue reading

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Marcus & Millichap report brings plenty of good news

by Dan Rafter Consumers might not be thrilled with the U.S. economy, but at least their confidence is growing. That is the message from Marcus & Millichap in its latest national retail research report. According to the report, core retail … Continue reading

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