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  • Healthcare Goes Retail
    By David Wirth The proverbial “family doctor’s office” where you make an annual check-up appointment with your primary care physician or schedule a visit for your sick child may become a thing of the past.  Once common practice, these visits are changing quickly, rivaled by new, more convenient options. With changing health insurance landscapes and convenience becoming key, loyalty to physicians is disintegrating.  Instead, patients are focusing on more accessible healthcare solutions; on-demand services that don’t break the bank. These new consumer habits are changing the retail landscape.  The growing trend favoring mixed-use destinations – with more amenities to support the live/work/play... Read more »
  • Experiential & Convenient: Retail As An Amenity
    ByTerry Ohnmeis When it comes to consumer tastes, convenience and experience are king. The strongest demand we’re seeing on the ground is for retail as an amenity – whether it’s a boutique fitness brand, food hall, or personal services brand (think blow-dry bars and nail salons).  In this way, retail is a piece of a larger puzzle: they represent stellar products and services that add value to office and residential components of an asset. They “activate” the first floor of a mixed-use building by drawing new people in and boosting the amount tenants of that building will pay to be there. There’s been... Read more »
  • The Great Retail Reinvention: Experience Matters Vol. 1 — Out Now!
      Axe Throwing Bars. Dating App Cafes. Furniture Store Hotels. Shopping Center Coworking. Food Halls. Banking Cafes. Float Rooms. Escape Rooms… Is the experiential retail trend more than just a knee-jerk reaction to a challenged retail landscape? Our response to that question is a qualified “yes.” We suggest that the increased drive for experience-based retail reflects a deeper economic trend with implications that go far beyond shopping centers and the shifting tastes of millennial consumers. It is a trend that plays out most visibly in the retail arena because of the current disruption in the retail industry. In addition, the rise in popularity... Read more »
  • Wanna Go Private?
    Week of June 17, 2019. By Garrick Brown The last few weeks have been full of news from the monthly blips of May retail sales (up) to consumer sentiment (down) to more closures (Francesca’s, Gap, Williams-Sonoma, J. Crew, TopShop, etc.) and a few openings (Michael’s, Versace, Burlington, et al). But I believe the most significant stories come from two publicly traded companies going private (Barnes & Noble and Hudson’s Bay Company). With retail stock prices down almost universally, I anticipate more retailers to take advantage of this situation and go private. For example, in the case of Barnes & Noble, though their stock... Read more »
  • ICSC RECon 2019 Recap
    By Alanna Loeffler RECon, International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC) annual global real estate convention, was held on May 19-22nd for another outstanding year of deal making in Las Vegas, NV. The conference saw more than 30,000 global delegates and over 320 Cushman & Wakefield retail experts in attendance. Cushman & Wakefield’s booth boasted a new, vibrant retail branding campaign showcasing “What’s Next – Redefining the Retail Experience” which featured faces of the consumer, made up of different colors, textures and strokes to show how they consist of various channels of brand and product touch-points, thus a sum of their retail experiences.... Read more »
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