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Annual Poll Shows Our Retail Tenants Are Optimistic Increased Hiring, Expansion and Continued Momentum Expected in 2018

The results of our annual Outlook Retail Sentiment Survey are in and, from the standpoint of the retailers within our 100-property portfolio, 2018 is looking like a very good year. Strong sales in 2017 plus a healthy holiday season, combined with current economic conditions and continued industry evolution, are fueling their optimism. As regi [...]

Our Pre-Holiday Survey Shows Positive Outlook For Retail

Bricks-and-Mortar Focuses on Engaging Consumers in a Digital World The results of Levin Management Corporation’s (LMC) annual Pre-Holiday Retail Sentiment Survey are in and the outlook is optimistic. Retailers in our 100-property, 14-million-square-foot shopping center portfolio are coming off a generally positive year to date and expect sale [...]

In-Store Events Open the Doors to New Business Hyper Local Focus Gives Independent Retailers a Competitive Edge

National chains and big box stores have superior marketing muscle, but independent retailers have one unique advantage: they’re insiders. Indies are part of the community and that identity goes a long way toward building new business and retaining customers. One marketing tactic that maximizes your community connection is the in-store event – [...]

Indie Retailers: Here’s How to Get More Out of Social Media

Beat the 5 Major Roadblocks to Online Success As an executive with a regional leader in retail real estate, I chat with many independent retailers. Some are our tenants; others are attendees at various trade events. They’re in all kinds of retail businesses, but they share one thing: they want to get more from social media. They’re on board w [...]

It’s Back to School for Walmart Managers Nationwide

# 1 Retailer is Betting on Staff Training to Lift In-Store Experience and Sales It’s the season when students of all ages head back to the classroom. But education today isn’t always limited by subject matter or by the calendar. Since February 2016, supervisors and managers of the world’s leading retailer have been heading to the classrooms o [...]

Amazon Rocks Retail Again with Announcement of Prime Wardrobe

Bricks & Mortars Must Step Up Their Game in New, Competitive Environment Within one week this June, Amazon made two stunning moves: the $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods Market and the announcement of its new Prime Wardrobe service. The latter sent share prices of Nordstrom and Macy’s tumbling and prompted the media to deliver more d [...]

Retailers Invite Store Traffic with Innovative Environments

Retail Real Estate Trend: Shopping Experiences Unmatched Online The battle for in-store traffic continues with retailers striving to lure shoppers away from their screens and into the aisles. Top retailers are leading the way with a shift in interior design that transforms the store from the transactional to the experiential. Their goal? To [...]

Indie Retailers and Social Media: Perfect Together?

Retail Trend Watchers Say Social Is Under-Utilized Despite Its Potential July is Independent Retailer Month, a time to salute those merchants across the country who account for half of the annual total retail sales in the US. If our economy is to stay robust, independent retailers of all sizes need to thrive. For the smaller players in this s [...]

The Mighty Dollars: A Bricks and Mortar Success Story

Retail Real Estate Trend: Will Good Times Be Bad for Bargain You might call them the mice that roared. They’re the dollar stores – now almost 30,000 nationwide and growing. These price point retailers not only weathered the economic recession but they triumphed, growing their annual sales by 50 percent from 2010-15, compared to the 17 percen [...]

Fast Casual Eateries are Giving Retail Real Estate a Healthy Boost

Retail Trend: Scramble for Small Restaurant Space Creates a Landlord’s Market Millennial diners want their quinoa bowls in a hurry and that’s good news for retail real estate companies. Fast casual restaurants – the popular source of healthy, affordable fare – are hungry for 1,500 to 3,000 square foot spaces in shopping venues nationwide. The [...]