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If you're interested in Michigan commercial real estate, check out Square Footage. Also, the blog's editor B. Candace Beeke will be attending the big spring convention in Vegas.

Here are some of her thoughts going into the convention:

But Beeke, in her typical understated and unflappable West Michigan manner, said she has no intention of freaking out.

"This is a year of transition for retail," she said. "What I keep hearing is that 2009 is that magical year. No matter what is ailing you, 2009 will be the cure, and all boats will rise in 2009. But what I want to see is what momentum is building now."

What she's been hearing from brokers is that retail has to slow down. It's been too hot for too long, and the recession of retail is not only inevitable but a healthy part of the cycle. However, that's not what she's seeing on her beat, and we're not seeing that in Southeast Michigan either.

"Retailers are still taking chances," Beeke said, noting that Cereality, a restaurant that serves, of all things cereal, will soon open a location in the West Michigan community of Wyoming. The restaurant has leased 1,342 square feet of space there.

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Elaine Misonzhnik

Senior associate editor Elaine Misonzhnik has been writing for National Real Estate Investor since June 2006 and has covered commercial real estate for more than 12 years. She first became...
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