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

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

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

On November 29, small businesses are opening their doors for the fifth annual Small Business Saturday. In the U.S., many retailers kick off their holiday shopping deals during the five-day span from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, causing shoppers to spend big bucks as they prepare for the holidays.… Read More

CHRISTMAS WISHES: Abigail and Anna Coughlin take their turn with Santa at Une Minette

CHRISTMAS WISHES: Abigail and Anna Coughlin take their turn with Santa at Une Minette

This year’s Small Business Saturday is a wrap! Consumers spent $5.5 billion at independent merchants during the day (Nov. 24), according to the Small Business Saturday consumer insights survey.… 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

It’s no secret that one of the biggest shopping periods of 2012 will be Nov. 23-Nov. 26 — kicked off by Black Friday and capped by Cyber Monday. But that Saturday is also especially important for many small businesses. That’s the day American Express will hold its third annual Small Business Saturday.… Read More