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Big Boxes Are Discovering That Small Can Be Beautiful

Retail Real Estate Trend: “Right-Sizing” to Reach New Markets It’s a retail real estate trend that began nearly a decade ago when Walmart and Home Depot began exploring the concept of smaller stores in or near urban centers. There’s been some bumps in the road, but it now appears that big box retailers can succeed as “small box” retailers. E [...]

Levin Retail Tenants Report Positive Seasonal Outlook, Robust Hiring Plans

Our Annual Pre-Holiday Survey Confirms Digital Marketing Momentum Results of Levin Management Corporation’s (LMC’s) annual Pre-Holiday Survey of our retail tenants are in and the news is more than good, with respondents reporting robust hiring plans and continued digital marketing momentum. The poll of tenants within our 95-property, 13 milli [...]

Fasten Your Seatbelts: Generation Z is Ready to Shop

Retail Trend Sees History’s Most Demanding Consumers on the Horizon There’s no rest for the retailer. Just when you thought you’d mastered Millennial marketing, along comes a new wave of consumers you’ve got to figure out. Dubbed Generation Z and 70 million strong, this rising demographic will represent 25 percent of the US population by 2020 [...]

Can Pokémon Go Keep Retail Sales Hot Through the Holidays?

Retail Trend Watchers Are Eyeing the Staying Power of Pikachu and Friends This was the Summer of Pokémon. Within days of its debut last July, Pokémon GO, the augmented reality game was breaking records and setting new ones. In just five days, it became the most popular game in mobile history, with its free downloads eventually reaching 500 mi [...]

Retail Real Estate Trend: Non-Traditional Tenants Go A-List

Web-Proof Services Are Attracting Landlord Interest as Some Retailers Falter Last month I served on a panel at ICSC’s PA/NJ/DE Conference and Dealmaking event in Atlantic City. My group’s discussion focused on non-traditional tenants and their growing popularity in commercial retail leasing. On the four-person panel, I was the sole spokesman [...]

Retail Trend Watchers See Monstrous Halloween Season Ahead

National Retail Federation Survey Points to a Record $8.4 Billion in Sales Halloween, according to the annual survey of the National Retail Federation, holds lots of treats for retailers this year. Now the second highest-grossing retail holiday – behind Christmas – the 2016 spooky season will see 171 million consumers spending an individual a [...]

Back-to-School Retail Season Looks Like Something to Celebrate

Fastest Rate of Growth in Four Years Was Driven by Electronics and Discounters Early numbers are in for the 2016 BTS shopping season and retailers have something to cheer about. Though August retail numbers slipped a bit (down 0.3 percent), BTS sales were strong. Retail trend watchers and managers of retail real estate alike can’t help but b [...]

Outlook on Back-to-School Sales Has Retailers Cheering

Total Volume Projected to Reach Near-Record Levels for the 2016 Season The school bell is ringing in the second biggest retail spending season of the year. Retail trend watchers are predicting more-than-healthy sales with shoppers in an upbeat mood and retailers and retail real estate companies like Levin are keeping a close eye on the action [...]

Retail Trend: Fashion Shifts from Exclusive to Inclusive

Social Media, Population Diversity and Movements Like Body Positive Are Driving Changes in Women’s Wear From the catwalk to the pages of glossy magazines to malls across America, inclusive fashion is making a statement. The 2004 Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, celebrating women of all looks and sizes, launched a trend that now includes not jus [...]