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Dec 27, 2011

Sears to Close Up to 120 Stores

Even before the holiday season reached its official close, Sears Holdings Corp. is admitting defeat. After posting a 6 percent drop in same-store....More
Dec 12, 2011

2012 Forecast: More of the Same

ChainLinks Retail Advisors, a retail-only real estate services firm, has just released its U.S. National Retail Report 2012 Forecast, which predicts....More
Dec 08, 2011

Dollar Chains Ahead in Race for Market Dominance

In spite of putting forth their best efforts, drugstores trail dollar stores in the war for U.S. consumers. A report published earlier this week by....More
Dec 01, 2011

November Same-Store Sales Disappoint

Turns out stellar Black Friday sales really don't mean a stellar month. Thomson Reuters had just released a tally of results for 20 retail chains for....More
Nov 28, 2011

Black Friday Sets Sales Record

The holiday shopping season is off to a great start as sales for 2011 Black Friday weekend came in at a record-setting $52.4 billion. The National....More
Nov 22, 2011

World Trade Center Retail: Everything Old is New Again

It's taken more than 10 years, but it looks like a comprehensive, detailed plan for new retail at the World Trade Center site has finally been....More
Nov 11, 2011

Starbucks, McDonald's Bent on Growth

While next year might still bring a considerable number of store closures, at least two household name chains will contribute to new store openings....More
Nov 08, 2011

Wal-Mart Opening Pop-Ups

The world's biggest retailer seems to be putting out all the stops lately to adapt to a new retail environment. Earlier this year, Wal-Mart launched....More
Nov 03, 2011

Same-Store Sales Trend Lower in October

Worries about the state of the U.S. economy finally worked their way into same-store sales numbers in October, after several months of surprising....More
Nov 02, 2011

Filene's Basement to Liquidate

As the year winds down, the annual parade of retailers headed for bankruptcy and liquidation has begun. This morning, Syms Corp. announced it was....More
Oct 27, 2011

Trader Joe's Stores to Grow in Size

While the current trend in the retail industry is for big-box store operators to go smaller, niche grocery operator Trader Joe's is pursuing the....More
Oct 26, 2011

New Mall in the Works

Regional mall operator Taubman Co. is getting ready to start work on at least one new mall, according to the Detroit Free Press. During a third....More
Oct 19, 2011

Department Stores Make a Comeback?

Given the market's current preference for discount retailers and luxury stores, it's good to hear about a mid-market department store chain expanding....More
Oct 12, 2011

New Leasing Strategy?

Talk about a mix of high and low! International House of Pancakes (IHOP), a decidedly unglamorous restaurant chain, will reportedly move into the....More
Oct 10, 2011

Uniqlo's Growth Spurt

Japanese apparel retailer Uniqlo has some ambitious growth plans going forward. Recently, the chain's owner, Fast Retailing Co., announced it plans....More
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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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