Conor Flynn

Conor Flynn

I'm Conor Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer at Kimco. I oversee the strategic and day-to-day operations of our shopping center business, as well as the company's strategic financial and value creation activities, and I guide new investment decisions for the organization. I joined Kimco in 2003 and prior to this position I served in a few other roles – Executive Vice President, President of the Western Region, President of the Northwest Region, Vice President of the Northwest Region, Asset Manager for the Western Region, and Director of Real Estate Redevelopment. It's been an exciting experience working at Kimco because every day is different. My team values collaboration, and we've worked together successfully on company operations in order to achieve strong financial results and maximize shareholder value, which is very rewarding for me. I received my master's degree in real estate development from Columbia University, and bachelor's degree in economics from Yale University. I live in NYC with my wife. We love to travel, hike, and bike. In fact, our newest hobby is paddle boarding. I'm also a golf and tennis enthusiast, so anytime I'm not in the office, you can find me in the great outdoors!

Another successful year has come to an end, which means it’s time that we share with all of you the biggest retail trends that the Kimco team foresees in the coming year. As North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air shopping centers, Kimco is uniquely positioned, both in our geographic reach and dealings with retailers large and small, to identify key factors that will have an impact in the retail real estate landscape.… Read More

Last October, Amazon grabbed headlines by leasing space in New York City, with reports swirling that it would be the online behemoth’s first retail store as well as a hub for its same day delivery service, giving NYC shoppers instant gratification, an advantage that brick-and-mortar stores still have over e-commerce.… Read More

This Thanksgiving season, Kimco and the greater retail industry have a lot to be thankful for. The National Retail Federation predicts that 2014’s holiday sales are going to increase 4.1 percent over last year, totaling approximately $617 billion. 25 percent of shoppers are projected to start their holiday shopping early.… Read More

With redevelopment a crucial aspect of Kimco’s growth strategy, we wanted to create a central place where our stakeholders can find detailed information on the projects in our pipeline. We’ve just added a new page on our website where you can read about the plans and status of Kimco’s redevelopment projects.… Read More

Despite the economic challenges that have continued to impact the retail real estate industry this year, we’ve also experienced positive developments that have strengthened our businesses, reduced some concerns, and given us optimism about continued growth in 2014. This upward momentum has impacted organizations throughout the industry — REITs, retailers, and institutional investors alike.… Read More

In most cases, becoming an entrepreneur is like becoming a parent. No one prepares you for it. And while Rudy Gonzales didn’t get a manual when his two daughters were born, he was able to get support and guidance when he launched his new business that was inspired by his children — Build-It Workshops.… Read More

HIDEOUT HEAVEN: One satisfied Comic Book Hideout customer

HIDEOUT HEAVEN: One satisfied Comic Book Hideout customer

Glynnes Pruett has been selling comic books with her dad at industry trade shows since she was six. They imagined having their own comic book store one day, and often talked about what it would be like, what they’d sell, and who would come enjoy their comics.… Read More

Like many retailers, Unleashed by Petco is focused on engaging its community through unique local events. But while community engagement events are typically centered on building customer relationships, we recently helped Unleashed by Petco take this a step further and foster cotenant relationships as well during its Summer Snow Day event at Kimco’s Westlake Shopping Center.… Read More

The startup years are the most exciting time for many first-time entrepreneurs and new business owners. But it’s also the most critical period of survival of any new venture, with challenges both known and unforeseen.

To help entrepreneurs successfully navigate their startup years, Kimco has launched a business incubator program called the Kimco Entrepreneurs Year Start (KEYS).… Read More

Retail is an extremely fluid industry, constantly shape shifting as a reflection of our changing culture and economy. Style trends, eating habits, health and wellness, and thought leaders can heavily influence the success and failure of the close to 4 million retail establishments in the United States.… Read More

Small business optimism reached its third highest level since the Great Recession last month, in spite of harsh weather conditions that pummeled much of the country this winter. That resilience is promising for the economy, and underscores the importance consumers place in small shops as they continue to patronize these retailers and businesses.… Read More

Last month, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market opened its doors in our North West Square shopping center in Columbus, Ohio. The grocery chain, a full-service specialty retailer focusing on healthy and organic offerings, is on an aggressive expansion throughout the Midwest and chose our shopping center as its first location in Ohio.… Read More

The only consistent thing in retail real estate is change. Unlike other real estate sectors, the vibrant world of retail changes dramatically as new concepts pop up, existing concepts reinvent themselves, and outdated concepts fade away. And while change can sometimes be disruptive, we think it creates a great opportunity.… Read More

NAREIT Leader in the Light Award 2013NAREIT recognized Kimco last week by honoring us with a 2013 Leader in the Light Award. These preeminent awards recognize NAREIT members that have demonstrated excellence in sustainability and energy efficiency. Kimco was the sole recipient in the Retail category.… Read More

Krystina Cabrera has always enjoyed getting massages and facials at the spa. But it wasn’t until she was 37 that she decided to go back to school and turn her passion into a business. Today, that passion has helped make her one of the first Kimco KEYS tenants, with the opening of Bella by Krys Day Spa in Kimco’s Melrose Village Plaza in Vista, Calif.… Read More

BUSINESS BUFFS: The graduating class of Kimco's business boot camp at the Long Beach Small Business Development Center

BUSINESS BUFFS: The graduating class of Kimco’s business boot camp at the Long Beach Small Business Development Center

Kimco has long been in the corner of entrepreneurs and small business owners. Our latest major initiative to support them is our Kimco’s KEYS program, which we launched in May 2012.… Read More

Partnering on an event can be a great way to promote your business and drive foot traffic to your location. Each organization involved can gain the benefit of one another’s branding and marketing. And when you do something fun, your audience is often more receptive to learning about and trying your products and services.… Read More

Store owner Sherrie Ammirato with her dog, Jessie

Store owner Sherrie Ammirato with her dog, Jessie

Sherrie Ammirato is used to seeing dozens of furry tails when dog owners bring their four-legged friends into her Doggie Bag store to shop for doggie treats, toys, and apparel. But this week, she’s also paying close attention to the tail-end of the holiday shopping season in the run-up to Christmas.… Read More

The New Year will usher in new trends poised to change the retail industry and its direction. While many current themes in the retail real estate world will carry over, here are the top five new trends sure to mark the industry in 2016:

  1. Value as a focal point for retail.
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According to a recent report from JLL, America’s diverse consumer base, continued income growth, and strong economy have attracted 175 international brands in 19 top retail markets coast to coast.

In 2014 U.S. retailers also posted their best holiday sales season in more than a decade, giving a strong case for the growing strength of the domestic retail market.… Read More

10 km, 13.1, 26.2. To some individuals, those are simply numbers. To runners, those are milestones to strive for throughout their careers. But to retailers like The Brass Tap at the Mesa Riverview shopping center in Arizona, those numbers translated to some of the biggest profits of the year.… Read More

Online retailers have generally focused their businesses on digital channels. They’ve known that they can attract customers through online advertising, email marketing, search engine visibility, social media promotions, and mobile marketing. The brick-and-mortar channel has traditionally been far from online retailers’ radar.… Read More

FULL BLOOM: Sprouts now has 163 stores, including this one shown at Kimco’s Loma Square in San Diego

FULL BLOOM: Sprouts now has 163 stores, including this one shown at Kimco’s Loma Square in San Diego

Specialty grocers are carving deeper inroads into the retail industry, with small to mid-size brands such as Sprouts, Fresh Thyme, The Fresh Market, Fairway, and Aldi expanding their presence amid established players including Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.… Read More

In the REIT business, there’s always a transaction that stands out in your mind for being special, unique, or exceptionally rewarding on a personal level. For many of us at Kimco, that special transaction is our agreement with Opportunity Village, one of Nevada’s largest and most well-known charitable organizations.… Read More

The Anaheim Plaza, a Kimco property in Anaheim, Calif.

The Anaheim Plaza, a Kimco property in Anaheim, Calif.

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Many of today’s Hispanic grocers have decades of experience as small, family-owned markets; convenience stores; and bodegas. But they’re now starting to couple this background with fresh and aggressive expansion plans, creating tremendous opportunity to develop new retail concepts and ignite local economies.… Read More