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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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October 2019

Jamerika Ramsay

Jamerika Ramsay has been named the winner of Crossman & Company’s Endowed Real Estate Scholarship for 2019.

Best Buy store

The Jacksonville market is “on fire” according to JLL senior managing director Brad Peterson.


Pinstripes, a 30,000-sq.-ft. entertainment concept that offers bowling, bocce, and fine Italian dining in a spacious two-level environment has an important new investor.

Kate Iverson

We asked one of the firm’s partners, Kate Iverson, why malls and art go so well together.

Traditional tenants in retail centers once scoffed at having gyms in their midst for all the parking spaces they took up. No more.

Sometimes the best traffic-building event is one you can’t plan for.

Watch Row at Westfield's World Trade Center mall

More watchmakers are bypassing third-party retail shops that sell multiple brands and setting up their own stores.

Fishtown Crossing

The redevelopment of the Port Richmond Village center in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood is in keeping with Cedar Trust Realty’s urban strategy.

Jason Baker

Born and raised in Texas, a graduate of Texas A&M, and having spent 15 years serving retailers in the Houston market as a principal of the Baker Katz real estate brokerage, Jason Baker knows the Lone Star State.

uptown Boca Raton

The average retail occupancy rate of shopping centers in the Boca Raton submarket of Miami dropped to 89.3% in the last quarter, according to a new report.

Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to pull back on gun sales has turned into a boon for Sportsman’s Warehouse.

Streets of St. Charles, Cullinan Properties’ 26-acre mixed-use center in the Missouri town, will feature a pop-up store featuring local artists for the holiday shopping season.

Orchards Market Center

New York-based Time Equities, Inc. has acquired Orchards Market Center in Vancouver, Wash., its seventh property in the region.  

Woodbury Commons

One good way to make up for sales lost to online sellers is to become an online seller yourself.

Scott Benson

Retailers with in-store restaurants are hardly a new phenomenon.

There is one thing that physical retail locations can do better for online shoppers than e-commerce sites can, and that’s handle their returns.

September 2019

California-based NewMark Merrill Companies has purchased its third center in Illinois, the 159,000-sq.-ft. Stony Island Plaza in Chicago.

store space for rent sign

The retail vacancy rate in New York City rose by almost 50% from 2007 to 2017, according to an analysis released by city comptroller Scott M. Stringer.

CBL Properties’ makeover of Hamilton Place mall in Chattanooga, Tenn., continues with the building of a self-storage facility on the property.

Triple 5 announced that the expansive retail and shopping districts at American Dream will not be open for business until March of 2020.