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Feb 11, 2011

Pershing Square Lost Millions on Borders Bet (Friday's News & Notes)

After all the news surrounding Borders' efforts to secure financing recently, I spent the past week scanning through the news reports every morning....More
Feb 08, 2011

Shady CMBS Deals in the Works? (Tuesday's News & Notes)

We reported in our January/February issue how the increasing competition for CMBS deals among Wall Street firms was leading to a loosening of....More
Feb 07, 2011

Illiquid Assets Still Holding Back Banks (Monday's News & Notes)

This weekend went down fairly quietly, without too much news emerging about retail real estate. The news reports that did emerge, however, were....More
Feb 02, 2011

Is CRE Crisis Really Here? (Wednesday's News & Notes)

While most retail real estate insiders feel the worst of the downturn may be over for the industry, one notable contrarian claims we might be in the....More
Jan 31, 2011

Borders to Delay Rent Payments to Protect Liquidity

The potential of a Borders bankruptcy filing has been generating a lot of buzz in the retail real estate industry in the past few weeks. The book....More
Jan 13, 2011

New Retail REIT on the Market (Thursday's News & Notes)

It looks like the number of publicly traded retail REITs might grow a bit this year. Today, news emerged that American Assets Trust Inc. successfully....More
Jan 10, 2011

Growing Bakery Concept to Go Public (Monday's News & Notes)

The hunger for mergers and acquisitions in the retail sector has picked up in the past few months, as evidenced by the growing interest in the J.Crew....More
Dec 28, 2010

Holiday Sales Might Be Strongest Since 2007

Here's a pleasant thought to take with you into 2011--in spite of sluggish pace of economic growth, Americans' penchant for shopping is back and in....More
Dec 27, 2010

Mall of America Owners Want Xanadu Meadowlands (Monday's News & Notes)

It looks like Xanadu Meadowlands, North Jersey's ill-fated retail/entertainment complex has finally found the right developer. Over the weekend,....More
Dec 16, 2010

More Money Flows Into CRE

As many people had expected, the commercial real estate industry is showing increasing signs of health in the wake of GGP's successful reorganization....More
Dec 10, 2010

Hundreds of New Stores Planned for 2011 (Friday's News & Notes)

We seem to be finally getting to a point where store opening announcements outnumber announcements of closings and liquidations. Family Dollar has....More
Dec 08, 2010

Borders and Barnes & Noble Might Merge

Now here's an interesting approach to the problems battering traditional booksellers--a merger of the sector's two behemoths, Borders and Barnes....More
Nov 24, 2010

More on the J.Crew Deal

There was lots of follow-up to yesterday's news that J.Crew has agreed to a private equity buyout and it looks like we are not the only ones....More
Nov 23, 2010

Texas Pacific, Leonard Cohen to Buy J.Crew

Just as we predicted earlier this year, private equity firms are starting to pay closer attention to the retail sector. This morning news emerged....More
Nov 18, 2010

Shopping Center REITs Post Respectable Numbers in 3Q2010

Now that all 13 shopping center operators in the REIT universe have posted results for the third quarter of 2010, it looks like the sector continues....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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