Jennifer Duell Popovec

Jennifer Duell
Mall Security Requires Communication and Collaboration with Law Enforcement
Murder. Assault. Carjacking. These violent crimes, along with other non life-threatening crimes, can happen at any public venue, including a mall or shopping center.
Existing Lifestyle Centers Thrive, but Developers Prefer Mixed-Use for New Projects 1
Lifestyle centers were the stars of the retail development universe in the 2000s. Shoppers flocked to these properties, which typically featured a single-story, open-air design and upscale tenants. Since the recession, however, only a few of these centers have been built, and it’s unlikely that more of them will come out of the ground. Instead, developers are focusing their energy on larger mixed-use projects with some lifestyle center elements.
American Realty Advisors Launches Sustainability Initiative
American Realty Advisors has launched a new sustainability initiative for its $6 billion commercial real estate portfolio. The institutional investment manager rolled out the green program at 150 N. Wacker Drive, a 31-story office tower in Chicago.
Are Big Stores Making Forever 21 Falter?
The chain is the fifth largest specialty retailer in the nation, and recent speculation about the poor performance of its bigger stores has the industry buzzing about the competitive pressures facing Forever 21, and how they might affect its future real estate strategy.
Performance Gap Grows Within the B Mall Sector
The gap between strong class-B malls and struggling ones is getting wider by the day. Market rents are increasing for the “only game in town” malls, according to research firm Green Street Advisors, and private equity investors such as Starwood Capital have made big investments in the space.
Investors, Tenants Prefer Green Retail Properties as Regulations Loom
Green retail properties are more desirable to both investors and tenants than non-green properties, says Nils Kok, Ph.D.
TIAA, Jonathan Rose Team Up to Green Affordable Housing
TIAA-CREF and Jonathan Rose Cos. have launched a new $51.6 million fund to preserve and “green” affordable housing across the nation. The Rose Affordable Housing Preservation Fund LLC will acquire affordable and mixed-income multifamily housing in the Washington, D.C.-to-Boston corridor, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Ore., and Seattle markets.
Sears Continues Sinking
The recent news from Sears regarding more store closings, layoffs, leasing agreements with other retailers and capital raising efforts is a sign that the end is near for the troubled retailer, according to several industry experts. Few, if any, hold out any hope that the 128-year-old company can recover.
E-Commerce Lifts Industrial REITs
E-commerce in the United States is growing faster than traditional retail sales, but less appreciated is that the trend is pushing up demand for physical space.
Toyota Drives Innovative Sustainability for New North American HQ
Toyota is designing its new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas, with an eye toward “innovative sustainability.”
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.
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