Michael Fickes

Articles by Michael Fickes
HOT TOPIC: A tale of two deals
Ideal retail deals come in all shapes and sizes. Within that universe, some deals fall into place as if they were destined to happen. Others take years
Feasting on market inefficiency worldwide
About two years ago, Thomas J. Barrack Jr. acquired a gaming license. That might seem odd, considering Barrack's position as chairman and CEO of Colony
Nothing but net
In July, Orlando, Fla.-based Commercial Net Lease Realty Inc. (CNLR) agreed to acquire Northbrook, Ill.-based Captec Net Lease Realty Inc. The deal set
HOT TOPIC: Supermarket Sweep
Consolidation builds profits for grocers Food retailers in 2000 averaged a net profit of 1.18 cents on every dollar of sales a figure that, according
The return of CMBS and disciplined debt
CMBS is back. Following the debacle of 1998, the commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) markets have not just re-stabilized, they are re-energized.
LEASING TRENDS: Flexing retail muscle
“In this economy, developers need to be more flexible. At the same time, retailers need to be more inflexible,” says David Birnbrey, president of Atlanta-based Shopping Center Group/ChainLinks. Despite a national vacancy rate that has held steady in the ...
TECHNOLOGY EDGE (MULTIMEDIA): Soaring sights and sounds
At Trade Shows these days, people swarm the MediaPro International booth, trying to touch the money floating in the air. See it? Right there. A $100 bill
Meet Fannie and Freddie
In the lending world, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are household names that drive the multifamily housing market. Consider that in 2000, Fannie Mae purchased
TECHNOLOGY EDGE (FEATURE) Finding the balance
Few brick-and-mortar retailers view their web stores as much more than a chore necessary in today's world. Customers expect them. But web stores don't
Retrenchment or Renewal?
After two booming decades, retail looks tired. So maybe it's time to think about what comes next.
The state of hotel development: it's on the decline, but that's good
Hotel development hasn't just declined it has plunged. In the last quarter of 2000, more than 300 hotels fell out of the hotel development pipeline, according
Retrenchment or renewal?
Ask industry analysts for a synopsis of the current retail landscape, and they are likely to sing the same song they have been singing during the past
FRANCHISING: The franchise advantage
Shopping centers attract three categories of tenants: national retailers, small independent operators (often referred to as mom-and-pops) and franchises.
Department stores' uneven decline
The decline of department stores has affected virtually every store name in the market in recent years. As noted in a recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers,
Doom to boom?
Many department stores are doomed, says R. Fulton Macdonald, president and CEO of International Business Development Inc., a New York-based consulting
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