boliwalou logoConsignment shop owner Cris Thompson would probably say customer relationships are like the little black dress of retail. They’ll never go out of style. She knows this first-hand since opening Boliwalou two years ago at Kimco’s Kings Contrivance Village Center in Columbia, Md.… 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

After joining some industry peers for a recent Bisnow Retail Real Estate Summit panel discussion in San Francisco, it appears the REIT industry has consensus on several important business challenges and opportunities in the Bay Area.

My fellow panelists were Jeff Berkes, President, West Coast for Federal Realty Investment Trust, and Eric Hohmann, Managing Director, Property Investments for Madison Marquette.… Read More

The first year of business is typically the most challenging and risky. To help startup entrepreneurs and first-time business owners establish a strong footing, we launched the Kimco Entrepreneurs Year Start (KEYS) program a year ago as a pilot in California.… 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

REITWeek is a major bi-annual event sponsored by NAREIT, and is a key opportunity for Kimco to meet with institutional investors and research analysts. This year, we had 19 meetings in which we came away with several important observations and understandings on the state of the retail and investment markets.… Read More

Local and national media outlets have continued to feature Kimco’s news and commentary on the retail and REIT markets. Here’s a roundup of some noteworthy Q1 coverage.

Retailers betting on healthy options for consumers

Our Suburban Square lifestyle center on Philadelphia’s Main Line proved to be an ideal example of the growing demand for healthy retailers.… Read More

Franchising appears to be getting a refresh, based on the conversations I had at the International Franchise Expo (IFE) 2012. Some 10,000 attendees gathered to meet about 300 exhibitors at the convention – a notably higher attendance and participation than has been seen in recent years.… Read More