Fred Schmidt, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Commercial, talks about the optimism in the retail sector. Coldwell Banker has offices in primary, secondary and tertiary markets across the country and sees across-the-board decreases in vacancies and increases in demand. Coldwell Banker’s deal volume is increasing, mirroring national trends and seeing slow and steady growth as the year progresses. One particularly hot area Schmidt sees is a growth in ethnic retail, both from national and local players.