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Aug 24, 2010

Dollar Stores Rule Retail Universe (Tuesday's News & Notes)

The dollar stores continue to be the bright light in the still struggling retail sector. Dollar Tree appears to be looking at major expansion--up to....More
Aug 12, 2010

Simon to Launch Mobile App (Thursday's News & Notes)

Mall owners are making strides in leveraging mobile technology for marketing purposes. Earlier this year, Madison Marquette launched an app for its....More
Aug 10, 2010

Malls Form Partnerships with Churches (Tuesday's News & Notes)

With the shortage of expanding retailers in the marketplace, mall owners have turned to courting unconventional tenants. Among these tenants are....More
Aug 06, 2010

Growing Rift Appears Between Mayor and Developers in Boston's Downtown Crossing Project (Friday's News & Notes)

We've reported before how the relationship between Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the developers of the Downtown Crossing project might have been....More
Jul 28, 2010

New CMBS Deal in the Works (Wednesday's News & Notes)

Good news for commercial real estate borrowers: there is another CMBS issue in the works. Put together by Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, the new issue....More
Jul 22, 2010

Is the FDIC Doing the Right Thing? (Thursday's News & Notes)

The debate continues to rage on whether the FDIC's current policies regarding commercial real estate assets constitute the right approach to the....More
Jul 15, 2010

How To Be a Social Success

Madison Marquette, one of the pioneers in the use of social media to promote malls and shopping centers, has launched a site dedicated to best....More
Jul 08, 2010

'Extend and Pretend' Comes Under Fire (Thursday's News & Notes)

After federal regulators told banks to work out struggling real estate loans whenever possible in the fall of 2009, they are beginning to mull....More
Jul 07, 2010

Retail Vacancies Continue to Rise (Wednesday's News & Notes)

Retail landlords tell us things are getting better where leasing is concerned, with rent concession requests drying up and more tenants approaching....More
Jul 01, 2010

NRF Releases the List of Top Retailers for 2010 (Thursday's News & Notes)

The National Retail Federation's Stores Magazine has just released its list of Top 100 Retailers for 2010. The list doesn't have too many surprises....More
Jun 18, 2010

Barney's Still Losing Money; Bright Outlook for REITs (Friday's News & Notes)

The fact that the REITs are well-positioned to take advantage of this downturn has been talked about for a while, but now the rating agencies are....More
Jun 17, 2010

Back from the Brink

This week furniture seller Pier 1 Imports posted its first profit in a number of years. The chain had been struggling even before the recession hit,....More
Jun 04, 2010

U.S. Chains Contemplate Expansion -- Overseas

For some months now, brokers have been telling us that U.S. retailers see limited opportunity for growth stateside and are increasingly gearing their....More
Jun 01, 2010

Disney Remodels May Be Too Expensive; Westfield Won't Bid on General Growth (Tuesday's News & Notes)

Now that General Growth Properties made clear it prefers to go ahead with its reorganization with the help of Brookfield Asset Management, Australian....More
May 27, 2010

More Financing Available for Retail Properties; Rents Rise on Prime Streets (Thursday's News & Notes)

As if to reinforce the positive mood evident at this year's RECon, most of the news on retail real estate this week was good news. One report found....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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