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    February

  • 02-24-11

    Top 10 Metros for Retail Market Recovery

    Commercial real estate services firm Grubb & Ellis forecasts U.S. retail sales and leasing to “ramp up gradually” this year. The forecast also includes a metro retail market strength analysis for 2011-2015. In terms of leasing, retailers are repositioning stores to more high-profile locations to take advantage of favorable rental rates, and vacancy rates are expected to begin coming down from a 10+% peak. Read which metros of the United States are predicted to lead the way in growth.

  • January

  • 01-13-11

    Small-Scale Development Outlook

    Six members of ULI’s three Small-Scale Development Councils speak about the advantages such developers have and the challenges they face in the current economy. Learn which retail tenant is the hardest to get approved, and why municipalities are taking a more favorable approach toward it.

  • 01-04-11

    Top 10 Major Metros for Dining Out and Entertainment Spending

    As happens during a recession, consumer spending in the United States declined 3% in 2009, according to the latest Consumer Expenditure Survey released recently by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read more about which metros had the most drops in spending dining out and in entertainment – two areas of interest to ULI members involved in retail and mixed-use developments.

  • December

  • 12-19-10

    Retail Investment in China

    China’s retail development and investment opportunities are progressively spreading to large second- and third-tier cities – all with populations above 1 million – which puts added importance on building the right contacts and partnerships in China’s real estate market, advises Rong Ren, chief executive officer of Harvest Capital Partners and a ULI member . Read about how retail has changed in China as a whole, as well as which markets the growth is spreading to and what might be required to invest if you are not from China.

  • November

  • 11-11-10

    Advice from a Real Estate Veteran: Think Long Term

    Despite the current volatility and concerns about financing, real estate will continue to be a good investment in the long term, says Richard A. Kessler, chief operating officer of Benenson Capital Partners LLC. Kessler, also chairman of ULI New York, offers readers advice about property type, tenants, geography and the proper approach for investing, developing and managing.

  • October

  • 10-18-10

    Renewed Retail Opportunities

    At a time when new development is not an option for most retail developers, repositioning existing properties in ways that increase their value can be a viable alternative. Read about successful strategies from a panel of industry experts at ULI’s 2010 Fall Meeting session, entitled, “Renewed Retail Opportunities.”

  • June

  • 06-01-10

    Repositioning Retail

    In the current recession, thousands of stores have been shuttered, new projects have been shelved, rents have been pared, property values have cratered, and retail workers have been sent packing in legions: more than a half million lost their jobs alone in 2008. But as the dust begins to settle and the rolling metal curtains are peeled back for a new sales day, retail is reemerging as a different animal, one that is leaner and keener.

  • May

  • 05-01-10

    Keeping at the Forefront of Leadership

    The retail real estate market currently suffers from an oversupply of space—the result of overbuilding before the financial crisis struck in 2008—plus a dearth of retailers now willing and able to fill space. Consumer spending is down for the foreseeable future as the buying public remains wary of returning to the days of large credit-card debt. While welllocated retail destinations may continue to thrive and maintain national retailers, plenty of others are going to keep losing tenants. In this environment, town centers and mixed-use centers may have an edge over their mall counterparts.

  • 05-01-10

    Drivers for Town Centers

    The retail real estate market currently suffers from an oversupply of space—the result of overbuilding before the financial crisis struck in 2008—plus a dearth of retailers now willing and able to fill space. Consumer spending is down for the foreseeable future as the buying public remains wary of returning to the days of large credit-card debt. While welllocated retail destinations may continue to thrive and maintain national retailers, plenty of others are going to keep losing tenants. In this environment, town centers and mixed-use centers may have an edge over their mall counterparts.

  • 05-01-10

    The New Geography of International Development

    For much of the past decade, buoyed by a vibrant real estate market, readily available credit, and acquisitive consumers, international retail investors and developers enjoyed healthy growth, in both developed and developing economies. Now, in the aftermath of the global market downturn, developers—faced with an oversupply of retail square footage (especially at the high end), failing projects, and a cautious buying public—have been forced to reconsider their geographic strategies and retail models.