The only consistent thing in retail real estate is change. Unlike other real estate sectors, the vibrant world of retail changes dramatically as new concepts pop up, existing concepts reinvent themselves, and outdated concepts fade away. And while change can sometimes be disruptive, we think it creates a great opportunity.… Read More

About one in two Americans will be celebrating Halloween this year, or 158 million people, according to the National Retail Federation. They’ll be spending an estimated $6.9 billion on costumes, candy, decorations, and other festive goods.

But as with every Halloween, some costumes will be more popular than others.… Read More

At the beginning of this year, we wrote about the 12 trends we thought the retail real estate market should be watching in 2012. Now that Q1 and Q2 are in the books, we wanted to take a fresh look at those trends, and reflect on how they’re playing out and where they’re heading as we continue to move forward in 2012.… Read More

Online retailers have generally focused their businesses on digital channels. They’ve known that they can attract customers through online advertising, email marketing, search engine visibility, social media promotions, and mobile marketing. The brick-and-mortar channel has traditionally been far from online retailers’ radar.… Read More

In formulating our views for the retail real estate market in 2013, I keep going back to the notion of a pendulum swinging. There’s reason to be both optimistic as well as cautious about nearly every issue and trend that could impact the industry this year.… 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

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

It’s always hard to believe another year has come and gone, and when we look back over 2012, it’s even harder to believe we’ve been blogging for over a year already. We’re about 14 months in, with 106 articles published (87 of them in 2012), and 37 Kimco associates now blogging.… Read More

The feedback from Kimco’s retailer and investor meetings at the ICSC RECon 2012 conference show there’s been steady progress in the underlying fundamentals of the shopping center business. With the exception of a few categories, such as office supply and electronics, the vast majority of today’s national and regional retailers have healthy expansion plans.… Read More