Despite the slight dip in spending on Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend, the National Retail Federation is still predicting retailers will see $602.1 billion in sales this holiday shopping season. Some $57.4 billion is on the books from the initial four-day shopping event, leaving an estimated $577.4 billion still on its way to cash registers.… Read More

SWEET DEAL: Schools earn points when families attend events at The Fremont Hub, such as Halloween trick-or-treating

SWEET DEAL: Schools earn points when families attend events at Fremont Hub, such as Halloween trick-or-treating

Back-to-school spending is expected to reach $26.7 billion in 2013, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s a 12 percent decrease from last year’s $30.31 billion.… 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

Michael Kercheval, President and CEO of the International Council of Shopping Centers

Michael Kercheval, President and CEO of the International Council of Shopping Centers

The digital age has been revolutionizing retail and shopping centers over the past several years. Still, ICSC President and CEO Michael Kercheval believes “we’re just on the cusp of this new era in our industry today.” That’s just one takeaway from our interview with him this week as we head into ICSC’s 2013 MOCIAL conference on Tuesday.… Read More

On Memorial Day, I visited the Boston Marathon memorial in Copley Square. Sorrow was the overwhelming feeling after seeing the makeshift memorial with the many banners, toys, and seemingly thousands of pairs of sneakers. It was hard not to relive the nightmare-like story that occurred on that afternoon and how all of the innocent families were impacted.… Read More

A friend trying to rehab a stubborn running injury stopped going to physical therapy because commuting three times a week to the medical complex for several months was impossible between work and family obligations. Yet the demand for medical services is growing, driven by factors such as an aging population, rising obesity rates, more elective and cosmetic procedures, and greater participation in endurance sports, particularly among older athletes.… Read More

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

The pressure is always on when it comes to massage therapy. But in today’s era of the health-conscious consumer, the pressure points have changed for some massage providers. Many consumers once considered massages to be a luxury experience, and were willing to pay a premium for it.… Read More

Shopping centers are getting healthier. That’s the focus of a USA Today video spotlighting Kimco’s Suburban Square in Ardmore, Pa. Mark Bachus, Suburban Square’s General Manager, spoke to USA Today about the center’s trend toward adding tenants that promote healthier lifestyles, which include sweetgreen restaurant, the Ardmore Farmers Market, Trader Joe’s, Fruitti Yummi frozen yogurt, lululemon, and City Sports.… Read More