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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

Plano-Based JCPenney to Close Up to 140 Stores, Two Distribution Centers

PLANO, TEXAS — Retail giant J.C. Penney Co. Inc. has announced plans to close 130 to 140 stores, as well as a distribution center in Lakeland, Fla., over the next several months. The company is also in the process of selling its supply chain facility in Buena Park, Calif. The total store closures represent between 13 and 14 percent of the company’s current store portfolio. A list of locations to be shut down will be released in mid-March.

February 28, 2017

Jacksonville Retail Market Finally Makes Broad-Based Recovery from Downturn

While Florida as a whole was able to bounce back from the Great Recession relatively quickly, one market that had been lagging behind in that recovery was Jacksonville. However, a surge of new development and strong population growth has kicked Jacksonville’s retail market back into high gear. Occupancy rates have gone up year-over-year to 91.1 percent and the retail sector currently has 748,000 square feet of new space under construction, according to JLL’s 2016 Florida Retail Report...

February 27, 2017

Economic Incentives Combat Problem of ‘Grocery Deserts’ in South Suburban Chicago

At a time when the development of new retail power centers across metro Chicago has been at a record low since chain store proliferation first started back in the early 1980s, south suburban Cook County has suddenly seen a turnaround with the addition of two new freestanding Walmart stores and one new Meijer store. These three openings occurred within months of each other in 2016 and represent approximately 560,000 square feet of the 1.36 million square feet of new retail construction that..

February 9, 2017

In the Nation’s Capital, Retail Always Follows Where New Residential Rises

The building height restriction — enacted in Washington, D.C. to preserve picturesque views of the United States Capitol Building and the Washington Monument — helps provide clear and exceedingly stunning views of the multitude of construction cranes that currently dot the vertical landscape of the District of Columbia. The majority of these yellow-steeled economic generators are being used to develop new residential and mixed-use projects, ranging from the NoMa district to the southeast..

February 6, 2017

Strong Retail Absorption Jump-Starts Development Activity in Metro Kansas City

Nearly all of Kansas City is seeing a significant increase in retail and restaurant construction, with many new development projects now coming to fruition. Several of these new construction projects incorporate apartments and other types of entertainment, office or residential space above first-floor retail. Propelled by the recent opening of the streetcar and new apartment complexes across the city, retail in downtown Kansas City received a lot of leasing attention in 2016, according to..

January 19, 2017