For diners who have allergies, eat vegan, or are looking for healthy, organic options when they eat out, it could be a challenge to find a delicious restaurant that will easily accommodate dietary restrictions. With a 2011 survey citing that 33 percent of Americans were eating vegetarian or vegan meals more frequently when dining out, small business owners are finding ways to capitalize on this trend.… Read More

Next up in our series of StoreFront posts, we are featuring Mountain Mike’s Pizza—a pizza chain along the West Coast. What started as a single pizza restaurant with a casual, family-oriented atmosphere has grown into a leading pizza brand with more than 150 restaurants in California, Oregon, Nevada, and Utah.… Read More

Clean eating” may be a hot new dietary fad, but sometimes eating dirty just hits the spot. That was the idea behind creating Dirtyburger, a burger joint known for its specialty dirty dust flavoring. Located in Kimco’s Manetto Hill Plaza in Plainview, NY, Dirtyburger was created to offer not only delicious burgers, but also award-winning steaks, veggie burgers, salmon burgers, and a host of options to meet every type of dietary restriction.… Read More

When it comes to retail real estate, it’s not simply location, location, location. Studying local market dynamics and regional customer demands provides invaluable insight into a shopping center’s ideal composition. Key demographics like median age, ethnicity, and average household income can provide a strong baseline for identifying the proper tenant mix for a shopping center.… 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

With more than 42 million children under the age of five classified as overweight, the World Health Organization (WHO) has proclaimed childhood obesity to be one of the biggest public health challenges of this century. In the United States, the adult obesity rate hit nearly 28 percent by May 2014 — the highest number ever measured by Gallup and Healthways since the two organizations began tracking this data in 2008.… Read More

Never before has it been so difficult to create a perfect marketing mix. It seems like every day new studies and reports are being released about the hottest new products that are flying off the shelves, how to integrate Big Data into your advertising efforts, or what the best social platforms are for reaching consumer audiences.… Read More

Free concerts are a fun and foolproof way to drive foot traffic to a shopping center. Even with a grassroots marketing budget, a little creativity can lead to a successful family-friendly event that attracts shoppers, showcases retailers, and creates visibility for a center in the community.… Read More