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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
Apr 30, 2010

Brokerage Firms Turn a Corner; Gottschalks Resurrected (Friday's News & Notes)

This might be a temporary lull, but conditions in the retail real estate industry really do seem to be improving. Some retailers, like department....More
Apr 29, 2010

How to Grow Into World's Biggest Retailer

Fortune has posted an interactive map that tracks Walmart's growth from its modest beginnings in Arkansas in 1962. We've previously posted a similar....More
Apr 29, 2010

Simon Courts Blackstone; Consumer Confidence Keeps Flying High (Thursday's News & Notes)

The market continues to be abuzz about the potential Simon/General Growth transaction. It's been rumored for a while that Simon might want to bring....More
Apr 28, 2010

Walmart Tries Its Luck in NYC Again

Multiple newspaper reports, including this one from The Daily News, claim Walmart is once again trying to bring a store to New York City. The....More
Apr 26, 2010

Sears Sells Stores Online; How is Commercial Real Estate Like a Shot of Tequila? (Monday's News & Notes)

Hard times call for innovation. In an effort to unload its excess real estate, Sears Holdings Corp. has reportedly launched a Web site dedicated to....More
Apr 21, 2010

Simon to Meet GGP Board; Tips on Using Social Media (Wednesday's News & Notes)

Activity is heating up again on the Simon/General Growth Properties front, as the industry looks into Simon's revised plan for General Growth's....More
Apr 19, 2010

Barneys Looks for CEO, Leaves Bankruptcy Talk Behind

After months of will they/won't they speculation on whether luxury department store chain Barneys New York will be forced to file for bankruptcy....More

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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