Retail Industry Issues

Victorian men celebrating with champagneI just attended the ICSC Law conference in Orlando where I led, along with Maggie Sitko of Sitko Bruno in Pittsburgh,  a seminar on letters of intent. Leasing attorneys all appear to be busy and the numbers reflect that as the conference attracted an all-time high attendance.  This is what I learned at the conference:

I recently speculated that retail must be back. I just attended the ICSC Idea Exchange in Columbus, Ohio and got further support for this idea.

Robert Myers, Chief Operating Officer of Philips Edison & Company, said they were now seeing increased occupancy rates in the mid 90% with positive absorption, low interest rates on lending, and

While the rest of the real estate industry recovers from the downturn of the last several years, the golf course industry is struggling to emerge; it remains a buyer’s market.  Some golf courses are converting to multi-use/multi-generational activities to attract more members and activity to their properties.  Others are converting from "member-owned equity" clubs to

 Fortune Magazine  recently published an article relating to a conversation with the CEO of Kimco Realty, Dave Henry.  Henry makes some very compelling arguments as to why strip malls and brick and mortar retail in general is here to stay for a while and why the population demographics will continue to provide ample

It is now apparent that retail drives our economy. Instead of bashing indulgent consumption, it is time to embrace it. As we approach the holiday season then, it might be a good time to take note of the trends from 2013.

1.      Return to the City or Something Resembling Downtown. The new retail “centers” are

The End of the Suburbs – Where the American Dream is Moving. That’s the title of the newest book by Leigh Gallagher, Assistant Managing Editor of FORTUNE Magazine, and the topic of much interest at the 13th Annual Commercial Real Estate Deal Maker Forum held this morning in Cleveland. The event was co-sponsored by Ulmer

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has its annual law conference in San Diego next week. For any attorney involved in retail leasing, it is a must see event. The seminars are very worthwhile. I have been doing leasing for over 20 years now and still come away from each conference feeling like I learned

Wine is a great hobby – it combines art and science; it has a social component; it may be heart healthy; it definitely improves mental well-being. Combine good wine, with great food in a cool environment and you are asking where to sign up, right?

Cooper’s Hawk is a new retail concept that is becoming