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Jennifer Duell
Consumer Confidence Soars, Retail Spending Follows
American consumers are finally spending again, which is good news for retailers and retail property owners. The increased spending corresponds to improved consumer confidence, and experts expect that trend to continue.
Net Lease Investors Hungry for Quick-Serve Restaurants
Investor demand for net-lease quick-service restaurant (QSR) properties is hotter than an order of McDonald’s French fries. The price point, coupled with long-term leases, rental escalations and recognizable brand names, makes these QSR properties an attractive investment, particularly for 1031 exchange investors.
Luxury Retailers Flourish, But Create Limited CRE Demand
Personal luxury goods—the “core of the core” of luxury—continue to buoy the market, according to global consulting firm Bain & Co. Yet that growth is slowing: in 2013, luxury goods grew 7 percent, and in 2014, growth slowed to 5 percent at constant exchange rates.
Retail Investors Prefer Coastal Markets
Coastal markets continued to attract the most retail property investors during the first half of this year, according to recent data from Real Capital Analytics (RCA). Seven of the 10 most active investment sales markets were coastal, with Chicago, Dallas, and Houston the exceptions.
Coffee Chain Expansions Still Brewing
Americans just can’t get enough coffee, and that’s good news for coffee chains. Both domestic and international brands are opening new stores across the country, providing a plethora of choices for even the pickiest of coffee drinkers.
Urbanization Is Retail Development’s Main Driver
Retail developers are conservative about the kinds of projects they take on today. They feel most comfortable constructing and redeveloping properties in urban, infill markets, according to experts.
Albertsons Planned IPO Would Impact Store Closings, Openings
After gobbling up one of its biggest competitors earlier this year, Albertsons Companies Inc. is now pursuing an IPO. The Boise, Idaho-based company filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell shares of its common stock.
Retail Expansion Translates into Net Lease Construction
Demand for newly-constructed net lease assets is fierce, and these assets are commanding a pricing premium in the net lease space due to their scarcity. However, as retailers execute their expansion plans, experts anticipate more new retail net lease properties to become available.
Retailers Waiting for Lease Expirations to Close Stores 1
After a tsunami of store closing announcements during the first half of the year, experts forecast that the remainder of 2015 will be relatively quiet as retailers focus on getting through the holiday season. However, retailers will continue to shutter stores throughout the year as leases expire.
Retail Assets Appeal to Foreign Investors
Foreign investment in U.S. properties is accelerating, and despite the complexities and challenges of owning retail real estate, international money is eyeing this sector. But these investors aren’t making the leap into retail real estate alone; most are partnering with U.S. firms.
Manhattan’s Top Shopping Districts are Getting Too Pricey for Some Chains
Rents in Manhattan’s famous shopping districts are among the priciest in the world—so pricey, in fact, that many retailers and restaurants have been forced to abandon them in favor of less expensive locales.
Will Monetizing Its Real Estate Benefit Macy's?
Macy’s Inc. is the latest company to receive pressure from investors to do a sale-leaseback.
How Does Rightsizing Stores Impact Shopping Centers?
Retailers across the nation are rightsizing their bricks-and-mortar stores, driven by several factors, including omni-channel, showrooming, improved inventory management and the desire to expand into urban environments.
New Whole Foods Concept Joins Crowded Grocery Sector
Competition in the cutthroat grocery business is heating up even more. Whole Foods Market Inc. announced a new value-oriented concept targeted toward Millennial shoppers, touting it as “unlike anything that currently exists in the marketplace.”
Can Macy's Win in the Off-Price Market?
Macy’s Inc. has dipped its toe in the off-price business with four pilot stores in metro New York City. The stores, which will operate under the Macy’s Backstage banner, will average about 30,000 sq. ft. They will open this fall.
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