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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
May 26, 2010

The Future is Here

Remember our story from a few months past when we talked about how modern technology might change the way retail businesses operate? When writing the....More
May 24, 2010

Blackstone Might Join Brookfield's Deal with GGP; Kmart Store to House Laundromat (Monday's News & Notes)

With everyone at ICSC, this week might have gotten to a slow start. But a lot of interesting news emerged this weekend, including speculation that....More
May 20, 2010

Private Equity's IPO Strategy for Retailers Proving a Risky Gamble

The decades-long private equity game of taking retail chains private, waiting a few years, then making a nice buck on an IPO seems to be no longer....More
May 06, 2010

What Will it Take for the Gap to Turn Around its Namesake Brand?

In the past few years, even before the recession began, the Gap, one of the staple tenants at U.S. regional malls, has been experiencing waning....More
May 04, 2010

Westfield Plans $10B Redevelopment Campaign; GGP Bankruptcy Hearing Postponed Again (Tuesday's News & Notes)

The retail real estate marketplace continues to provide more good news this week. The General Growth Properties bankruptcy court hearing had to be....More
May 03, 2010

GGP Still Chooses Brookfield

General Growth Properties has reaffirmed its preference for a reorganization deal with Brookfield Asset Management over the plan proposed by rival....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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