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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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December 2019

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.

November 2019

MallMap app screen and users

Shoppers will be able to use a mobile app to guide their searches at Canadian malls this holiday season.

Pan Am cartoon advertisement image

Columbus millennials who missed the Golden Age of air travel and baby boomers who want to reminisce can take part in an immersive pop-up experience called “Pan Am Layover Lounge” at Gorilla Cinema at the River & Rich complex in Ohio’s capital city.

panera bread storefront

Despite the fact that real estate deals with restaurants are complex, risky, and require expensive buildouts, the revenue and traffic they churn is so remarkable that landlords continue to seek out more of them for their centers, according to CBRE’s research department.

Georgetown Shopping Center

Calling it a New York “real estate secret” in a 2017 piece about the neighborhood, the Brooklyn Paper noted that “the Georgetown Shopping Center is the center of it all.”


For the better part of a decade, Ryan Brandt scoured the country for Murphy Oil, looking for freestanding corner locations for their gas and convenience stores at major intersections.

Easton Town Center in Columbus has been known to invite kids to do chalk drawings on its streets.

“This is pretty shocking,” announced the anchor on the local Eyewitness News broadcast in Connecticut recently.

A rendering of the Fenton mixed-use project in Cary, N.C.

Hines and Columbia Development have announced several new tenant signings at Fenton, their 69-acre mixed-use project rising up on the outskirts of Raleigh, N.C.

Fashion District Philadelphia

Just months after the opening of 700,000 sq. ft. of new or remerchandised space, PREIT has declared a major victory for its long-term plan to uplift high-impact properties and dispose of low-performing ones.

New Town Village

Inland Property Management has hired a broker to help it curate New Town Village in Owing Mills, Md.

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