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Flurry of New Development Fuels Retail Resurgence in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee-area apartment market wasn’t the only real estate sector to benefit from continued job growth and household formation in 2016. The optimistic employment outlook, together with an influx of millennials who, according to Gallup, are spending more on nonessentials, has benefitted the local retail market as well. It’s a trend that we expect to continue in 2017. Filling a retail void A market that historically has been largely underserved in terms of new retail development..

April 20, 2017

Massive New Projects, National Retailers Spur Development Explosion In El Paso

El Paso in 2017 is a story of growth. Sales tax rebates increased over 10 percent in 2016 — second among the 20 largest cities in Texas. Since 2000, the El Paso-area population has increased by more than 27 percent, and as the longtime adage goes, “retail follows rooftops.” Long under the radar of national concepts, El Paso’s retail sector is changing. Major retail developments in El Paso are gaining national attention. One of the catalysts contributing to this interest is the..

April 14, 2017

Payless ShoeSource Files for Bankruptcy, Plans to Close 400 Stores

TOPEKA, KAN. — Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced plans to immediately close nearly 400 underperforming stores. The company, which bills itself as the largest specialty family footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere, currently operates approximately 4,400 stores in more than 30 countries. The shoes and accessory retailer was founded in 1956 in Topeka, Kan. "This is a difficult, but necessary, decision driven by the continued challenges of the retail..

April 5, 2017

Darden Restaurants to Acquire Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen for $780M

ORLANDO, FLA. — Darden Restaurants has agreed to purchase Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen for $780 million in an all-cash transaction. Cheddar's was founded in 1979 in Arlington, Texas, and now has 165 locations, including 140 owned and 25 franchised, across 28 states with average annual restaurant volumes of $4.4 million. "We are excited about the opportunity to be a part of Darden,” says Ian Baines, CEO and president of Cheddar's. “Our operating philosophy and values are similar...

March 29, 2017

Nashville’s Retail Market is Growing Leaps and Bounds, Both Inside and Out

Just like the hit show, “Nashville,” Nashville’s retail market has more than one storyline in play and all of them intertwine to create a tapestry that showcases the retail development in our city. You don’t have to look too hard around downtown Nashville to see the redevelopment surge that is bringing retail as part of mixed-use and traditional developments to this market. Greenfield development in suburban nodes is also capturing the spotlight, albeit a smaller one, as a direct..

March 27, 2017

Grocery, Infill Mixed-Use Projects Make Up Bulk of New Retail Supply in Triangle

The Raleigh and overall Triangle retail markets ended 2016 in a very healthy position. The Triangle vacancy rate is currently at 6.09 percent, nearing 10-year lows dating back pre-recession and includes retail absorption nearing 900,000 square feet over the past four quarters. The region’s diverse economic engine driven by technology, university systems, heathcare and Raleigh as a state capital, combined with a relatively low cost of living and temperate climate, continue to push population..

March 20, 2017

Pastosa Ravioli Opens New Location in Florham Park, NJ

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — A new Pastosa Ravioli restaurant has opened in Regency Plaza at 186 Columbia Turnpike in Florham Park. With stores already open in New York City, Cranford and Manalapan, N.J., the Florham Park location became Pastosa’s 11th overall. Pastosa is a family-owned business specializing in ravioli and specialty Italian products, sauces, mozzarella cheese and prepared foods. Alison Horbach of Ripco Real Estate identified the location and brokered the transaction on behalf of..

March 8, 2017

Mall-Based Apparel Chain Vanity to Shutter All 137 Store Locations in 27 States

FARGO, N.D. — Vanity Shop of Grand Forks is shuttering all 137 of its Vanity stores throughout 27 states. Tiger Capital Group is conducting the going-out-of-business sale, which is now underway. The Fargo-based clothing store has roots dating back to the 1950s. The announcement follows the company’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 1 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of North Dakota. The chain offers discount women’s and children’s apparel and..

March 8, 2017

CBRE Secures $21.3M Bridge Loan for 215,000 SF Retail Center in Connecticut

CROMWELL, CONN. – CBRE Capital Markets’ debt and structured finance team has secured $21.3 million in bridge financing for Cromwell Square, a 218,000-square-foot shopping center currently anchored by a 100,000-square-foot Kmart in Cromwell. Mark Fisher, Michael Riccio and Alex Furnary of CBRE facilitated the loan on behalf of the borrower, Greenwich-based developer/owner/operator HB Nitkin. The 10-year, fixed-rate bridge loan includes two years of interest-only payments and a 25-year..

March 6, 2017

HFF Handles $15.1M Sale of Grocery-Anchored Retail Center in Metro Albany

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. – HFF has secured the $15.1 million sale of Columbia Plaza, a 137,647-square-foot grocery-anchored retail center in East Greenbush. HFF marketed the property on behalf of the seller, a partnership between Capstone Realty Group and WP Realty.  Nigro Cos., based in Albany, N.Y., purchased the asset free and clear of existing debt. Anchored by Price Chopper, Columbia Plaza is 89.3 percent leased and home to Peebles, Dollar Tree, Pet Stop, Vineyard Wine & Spirit, Nishiki..

March 6, 2017