Jennifer Duell Popovec

Jennifer Duell
Nordstrom, Walgreens Praised for Omni-Channel Strategies
Experts mention the same names when asked to pinpoint retailers that are ahead of their peers in adapting omni-channel strategies: Nordstrom and Walgreens.
Is a Store Closing Tsunami Ahead? 
Store closings and store-closing announcements have spiked dramatically, and experts foresee even more closings as retailers cull their underperforming stores and focus on omnichannel retailing.
Cloudy Outlook for Retail Loan Delinquencies  1
Retail CMBS loan delinquencies have fallen to their lowest level since 2009, but experts worry that store closings, along with e-commerce, could negatively impact loan performance in the future, especially when borrowers try to refinance.
Outlet Center Development Pushes Forward  2
This year, developers plan to open another eight centers totaling 3.2 million sq. ft. And over the next three years, there are 47 outlet center projects planned for a total of 17 million sq. ft.
Net Lease Investors Devour Restaurant Assets 
Investor demand for net leased restaurant properties is heating up, sparked by confidence in the restaurant sector and a dearth of new construction in other retail sectors. Investors are hungry for quick service restaurants (QSR) like McDonald’s, as well as casual dining properties like Red Lobster.
What’s the Smart Move for PetSmart?  1
Recent activity has generated a lot of discussion within both the retail and investment community about PetSmart’s future. Experts say PetSmart’s management team has a lot of options.The question is: Which option will provide investors with the best value?
Home Furnishings Sector Comes Back in Full Force 
Retail sales at furniture and home furnishing stores in May were the highest they’ve been in six years.
Part 2: Widespread Optimism in the Multifamily Sector
The apartment sector today is in a good place—a very good place—and the future looks just as good, according to a survey conducted by National Real Estate Investor.
Part 3: Most Attractive Regions
The NREI survey asked respondents to rank regions in terms of attractiveness from a multifamily perspective. Respondents rated four regions on a scale of one to 10 with one being least attractive.
Part 4: Fundamentals
Nearly six out of 10 respondents anticipate that national apartment occupancies will increase over the next 12 months. Roughly 22 percent say they’ll decrease, and 20 percent expect no change.
Part 5: Development Activity
When it comes to apartment development, Goldilocks had the right idea. More than four out of 10 respondents said the current amount of apartment development was “just right.” A little over 28 percent said there was too much, and 18.1 percent said there was too little.
Part 6: Investing in Multifamily
Fifty-five percent of respondents say they plan to acquire multifamily assets in the next 12 months. Of the main real estate sectors, apartments are the most attractive from an investment standpoint.
Part 7: Financing More Available
Nearly 73 percent of respondents expect lending activity to increase in the next 12 months. And nearly six out of 10 respondents say capital is more widely available today than it was 12 months ago.
Big-Box Sector Shows Big Improvement 
High quality big-box space has been backfilled, either by bringing in new retailers or repurposing the boxes, and demand for big boxes is currently so strong that even vacancies in less desirable centers are filling up.
Coldwater Creek Bankruptcy Signals Softness in Apparel Sector, But Merchandising Is Also to Blame 
Industry experts point to several things that led to Coldwater Creek’s demise, including the overall softness in apparel retailing and the strategic missteps the company made regarding its target audience and merchandising.
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