The National Retail Federation released its Valentine’s Day 2014 shopping forecast last week, predicting total spending to reach $17.3 billion. The average person is expected to spend $133.91 on the holiday this year, up slightly from $130.97 last year.

The NRF has also said that consumers will be “frugal with their budgets,” underscoring the importance of strategic promotions and deals this Valentine’s Day.Read More

Shop Small Today’s guest post comes to us from Bruce D. Sanders, Ph.D., SPHR, consumer psychologist, retail consultant, and author. He shares some Small Business Saturday advice as we head into this year’s event on Nov. 30.

For more help, visit Small Business Saturday’s website, where you’ll find a variety of Shop Small logos, printable signage, email templates, small business success stories, and other marketing resources to help you promote your store and event.Read More

SHOWTIME: Kimco tenant Mitch Ancona breaks a Guinness World Record in front of cheering friends, family, and customers

SHOWTIME: Kimco tenant Mitch Ancona breaks a Guinness World Record in front of cheering friends, family, and customers

Mitch Ancona’s approach to engaging with his customers is as effervescent as the hundreds of bottles of champagne he stocks at Ancona’s Wines & Liquors.… Read More

2013 was an important year for health and fitness retailers. Consumers remained highly focused on taking control of their health as reflected in a USA Today study that found that our national obesity epidemic has finally begun to level off.… Read More

It’s November, and just around the corner is ICSC’s RetailGreen Conference. This year’s event will take place on Dec. 3 and 4 in Phoenix, and promises to be one of the best attended to date. In addition to a packed agenda filled with valuable speakers and networking sessions, the conference will be the global launch site of ICSC’s Property Efficiency Scorecard.… Read More

Our insights on Kimco’s business progress and perspectives regarding retail real estate attracted news media nationwide throughout the third quarter. Notably, CRE Radio called upon CEO Dave Henry to help educate the industry about ongoing developments with the Marketplace Fairness Act, and National Real Estate Investor tapped Executive Vice President and COO Conor Flynn to share his viewpoints on up-and-coming retail concepts.… Read More

We celebrated the second anniversary of our blog in 2013, marking another year of capturing some of the most important people, events, trends, and issues shaping retail and retail real estate. It’s hard to believe we’re over two years in already!… Read More

Families, friends, communities, and businesses join together every Veterans Day to recognize the members of our Armed Forces, past and present. This year, retailers nationwide are celebrating our veterans by offering special promotions and events as a way to say thanks to those who have selflessly served our country.… Read More

Kimco is continuing to redevelop its Richmond Shopping Center on Staten Island, with a major piece coming into place earlier this month. Target opened a new store at the center, cutting the ribbon on 135,000-square-feet of big-box shopping.

We were there to capture the event, including one-on-one interviews with Target Store Team Leader John Storey and Borough President James Molinaro.… Read More