Retail

Spin Doctors

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It seems one of the most prominent trends in the business world is that of consolidation. Over recent decades, we have seen car companies absorb other car manufacturers, tech companies like Facebook have absorbed smaller start-ups like Instagram, and even…

Sears Gets Creative

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I suppose one of the most essential traits of any business leader–whether s/he is involved in an entrepreneurial venture or simply trying to keep a corporation afloat–is creativity. Sure, you have to be good with numbers, you have to be pragmatic,…

Next Moves

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Amazon.com, one of the great success stories of the late-90s tech boom and an e-commerce juggernaut of the last decade or so, rarely shies away from surprising investors, customers, and the media alike. While Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is no longer…

Hitting the Books? Hit the Stores

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This past week, we saw college students return to school for their fall semester, and following this long holiday weekend, we will see kids and teenagers return to school as well (if they haven’t already). According to data from the…

All Hail the King

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With approximately 4,500 locations throughout the world, Canadian breakfast staple Tim Hortons (NYSE: THI) is the second-largest coffee shop chain, behind international gourmet coffee giant Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and ahead of Dunkin’ Donuts (NYSE: DNKN), which has a “measly” 3,000+ locations…

Retailtainment: Pop-Ups and Concept Stores

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Retail drives other retail, which means vacant store fronts are a significant liability for both landlords and their tenants. Outside of key retail hubs like Manhattan and certain regional shopping malls, retail vacancies are a major problem, even years after…

Life in the Amazon

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Forbes recently published a ranking of the Biggest Retailers of 2014, based on some nebulous criteria (revenue? store count? annual growth?) I don’t understand. I share this list below because it sort of relates to today’s discussion: 10. Richemont (Swiss:…

“Downstream” Real Estate

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What are the most stable real estate asset classes? Many of you are probably guessing multifamily is one of the most stable, and that’s probably true. Healthcare and senior living are other contenders, since people will continue to get old…

Are You Brand Aware?

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Let’s talk about brands. Specifically, how does branding relate to the commercial real estate world? Back in March, an article on Entrepreneur.com ranked the Top 120 Most Trusted Brands, based on feedback from its readers. The results were a combination of…