More from the ICSC Floor
The rise of e-commerce and the fall of the US economy led to fewer retail deals over the past five years, JLL Americas Retail chief Greg Maloney told us at ICSC in Vegas this week. But with the economy back to pre-recession levels, retail deals are starting to close in big waves, especially around hot job growth markets on the coasts. Bricks-and-mortar stores are more resilient than even the harshest critics thought, Greg says, since there's nothing like an in-person experience: "You can't replace the touch and feel aspect of retail."
Increased activity is causing retail owners to rethink existing properties, says Cushman & Wakefield Americas retail head Matt Winn. Dormant shopping centers are having to evolve, he adds, which means adding a unique mix of uses like healthcare instead of the same-old fashion and food options. It also means adding newer local concepts to centers to spice things up.
RKF's Lara Keene (with colleague Jeremy Ezra from NYC) spent a lot of her ICSC time talking with retailers for the firm's big Block Thirty Seven listing in the heart of the Downtown Loop. Owner CIM Group is looking to add a movie theater and fitness center to the project, she says, which already has a commitment from super chef Richard Sandoval for a Latin-themed version of the Eataly food market concept.