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Al Urbanski

Real Estate Editor & Manager

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October 2019

It’s no secret that a successful retail center of any kind in 2019 — be it an outdoor center or an enclosed mall — must re-jigger its mix to include a wide variety of food, beverage, and entertainment-based tenants.

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January 2020

Lord & Taylor store

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield has announced the scheduling of major changes to be made at its Westfield Annapolis mall located between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The long-vacated 110,000-sq.-ft.

Area15 in Las Vegas

Area15, set to open in Las Vegas in April, describes itself as an “edgy, interactive, trend-ahead mall and performance complex that blurs the line between fantasy and reality.”

Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk

Getting off the South Windsor exit of I-84, it’s clear you have landed in Retail Central in the eastern suburbs of Hartford.


Michigan-based Farbman Group has launched FarbNet, a new Chicago brokerage focused on selling net lease assets.


Ikea’s $5.8 billion initiative to open smaller format “city centre” stores to get closer to shoppers in dense urban areas is landing in London.

Westfield Topanga

One of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s signature California properties will be getting a new grand entrance and a chef-driven food hall where its Sears store once stood.

Golfers who’ve long desired to play at St. Andrews but never got around to visiting Scotland will soon be able to shoot 18 on The Old Course and sip a single malt at the bar at the same time in Grapevine, Texas.

For more than 100 years, Rockingham Park in this New Hampshire town just 30 miles from Boston, served as the metropolitan area’s premier racetrack.

December 2019

Highland Village

Poag Shopping Centers will take over leasing and management of The Shops at Highland Village, an affluent community north of Dallas.

Waterstone's Rock Row

Waterstone Properties group has hired a new CFO and two new senior VPs to help it expand from is traditional retail and industrial developments and into office, residential, and mixed-use projects.

Julie Swinehart

RPAI’s CFO tells why the foundation of complicated mixed-use projects with long timelines is a strong balance sheet.

Dawn Stamper

Phillips Edison's senior VP of customer experience says she hopes to emphasize the “neighbor” in neighborhood centers.

Coastal Grand

Visitors to Myrtle Beach will soon be turning somersaults over what’s going on at the tourist town’s most popular mall.

As a group, retail real estate developers pooh-pooh the notion of physical retail going downhill — except, now, for one.

Woodland Mall

PREIT, one of the nation’s leading owners of traditional malls, reports that traffic at two of its properties benefitted from wholesale renovations over Black Friday weekend.

Off-price retail, the dominant segment in malls and shopping centers, is also dominated by three brands. Nearly 50% of customer traffic at off-price stores during Q3 moved through Kohl’s (15.4%), T. J.

Black Friday 2019

Two-thirds of malls and large-format shopping centers managed by CBRE reported increased shopper on Black Friday weekend 2019 compared to last year.

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