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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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February 2020

Taubman's Beverly Center

Simon’s 2003 attempt to take over Taubman Centers, a failed bid that set the big mall owners at odds ever since, has culminated in a merger forced by conditions of the times.

wrestling ring

"On March 7, mall walkers taking a lap around the old Herberger's space at Rosedale Center are going to see more body-slamming action than at any Black Friday sale at the store."

Ami Ziff

As the national retail director for Time Equities, Inc., Ami Ziff has long worked with digitally native brands looking to branch out into physical retail in urban areas where TEI owns many residential and office properties.

Plymouth Meeting Mall

PREIT, one of a number of traditional mall owners engaged in major renovations, reaped outstanding results from its efforts at re-done centers over the holidays.


Tilly’s has assumed the lease of a shuttered Payless Shoe Source at the Butler North section of the 267-acre mega-center operated by Butler Enterprises in Gainesville, Fla.

January 2020

Rising costs and competition in the online marketplace, exacerbated by supply chain limitations, have unleashed waves of e-coms seeking out space in retail centers in Southern California.

Hamilton Quarter

Hamilton Quarter, a new project combining 250,000 sq. ft. of retail with 500,000 sq. ft. of medical and office space near the New Albany Business Park in Columbus, is welcoming a new raft of retailers.

Tanger Outlets

Tanger Outlets recaptured almost 200,000 sq. ft. of retail space at its centers in 2019 due to bankruptcies and brand-wide restructurings.

Kevin J. McCann

Phillips Edison & Company has hired Kevin J. McCann as its new chief information officer, a role he served in at IRC Retail Centers since 2015.

One of Connecticut’s most comprehensive health care networks, Hartford Health Care, has announced it would be leasing 40,700 sq. ft. of the former Sports Authority at North Haven Pavilion in North Haven.

The massive Fleet Farms store

There are big boxes, and then there are big, big boxes.

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.”


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

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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