Retail

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…

A New Chapter for Barnes & Noble?

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The good news is, Americans read books. They may not be reading the most intellectually stimulating books, nor the most useful books, but at least they’re reading. What’s the bad news? The answer to that depends on who you are and…

Banking on Real Estate

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Take a look at the image below. This is Bryn Mawr, PA, a western suburb of Philadelphia. This is the town where I grew up. See all those red dots? Each of these represents a different retail banking branch, including…

Optimizing the Shopping Center

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“Optimize” is a great word since it can mean so many things. One can optimize real estate with significant retrofits or leasing to a major anchor tenant. One can optimize one’s computer by installing a faster hard drive. If you…

Slim Store, Hefty Returns

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A few months ago we published a list of the Top 9 Retailers according to their annual sales per square foot, which was originally posted on RetailSales and USA Today’s website. The list includes some names you would typically associate…