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Malls once full of shoppers, now home to students

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There are communities that have too much retail space. But, prime real estate can be converted, demolished and/or rezoned for new developments. About 22 percent of malls that JLL studied have taken this approach.

So, why buy a mall and create something totally different? Well, because good real estate locations are always a good investment.

Highland Mall, the first suburban shopping mall in Austin, Texas opened in 1971 and officially closed its doors nearly… Read More

Extreme makeover, mall edition

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More than 94% of mall owners are ditching their old digs for new common area couches, a fresh coat of paint, new stores and/or a name change. A little freshening goes a long way along. Sometimes success is all about marketability.

Malls are refreshing branding strategies to improve and add to their appeal, through common area improvements like modernizing outdated features like new… Read More

Want to buy your hotel’s bed? Now you can.

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The hospitality industry’s influence has expanded significantly in recent years, with an integration into chic corporate office spaces, custom retail environments and even healthcare facilities.

 

Retailers are constantly focused on reinventing their brands to meet changing consumer expectations, so it’s no surprise that furniture retailer West Elm recently announced its plan to launch a chain of boutique hotels in order to sustain its growth without opening an army of new stores.

“Retailers need… Read More

Supermarket Sweep Part 2: Convenience, Price & Experience

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This blog post is a continuation of  Supermarket Sweep Part I: Grocers Compete, Retail Real Estate Wins. In order to carve out market share in the slowly growing industry, grocery sellers will have to fight tooth and nail in order to prevail in each arena: convenience, price and experience.

1. CONVENIENCE: Make it easy to buy

grocery 10Surrogate shoppers do the hard work for you

It was… Read More

Supermarket Sweep Part I: Grocers Compete, Retail Real Estate Wins

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Do you remember the game show Supermarket Sweep? In it, teams of shoppers would race through the grocery aisles competing to fill their carts with the most expensive items within a time limit. The show turned what many considered a dull weekly chore into a race against time. Back when Supermarket Sweep first aired in the sixties and later when it was revived in the early nineties, the weekly shopping trip… Read More

The Comeback of Retail Brick and Mortar Construction

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Crain 2In 2006, NASA launched the New Horizons spacecraft for a nine -year mission, the Steelers defeated the Seahawks, and the Nintendo Wii was introduced to America’s youth. It was also the year retail development in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 261 million square feet under construction, with ambitious mega entertainment facilities underway. Within five years, construction halte
d in 2011 and… Read More