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Pop Up Goes the Retail Scene as Store Vacancies Rise

Popup Stores

As traditional retail stores close and vacancies mount, landlords across the country appear newly receptive to leases as short as a week, eschewing the typical 10-year time frame, even in locations that once shunned limited stays.

The upswing in pop-up stores, as the short-term placements are called, is playing out in all sorts of ways, and in all sorts of places — including dark malls, former grocery stores and shuttered art galleries, according to real estate brokers, landlords and tenants.

For retailers, the stores can offer lower rents and far less commitment. For the landlords, the reason is just as clear: A short-term tenant is better than no tenant at all.

“Landlords have their backs against the wall right now,” said Samantha Elias, the co-founder of the Vintage Twin, a secondhand clothing company whose stores frequently pop up in Manhattan. “I tell them that some money is better than no money, and I promise not to bother you.”

View entire article here in New York Times.

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Store Closing Foreboding for Malls

Mall Remodels

A new research report from Fung Global Retail & Technology, an international think tank that follows retail and technology trends, uses hard data to outline what retail property owners and managers already know—store closing announcements this year have been off the charts.

Fung Global researchers found that year-to-date in 2017, store closing announcements in the U.S. increased by 97 percent year-over-year, to 3,296 locations. The majority of retailers closing stores are typical mall tenants—department store operators and apparel and electronics sellers. The chains with the highest number of announced store closings, for example, include apparel retailer Rue 21 and shoe seller Payless Inc., each with 400 closings apiece. Apparel chain The Limited comes in third, with 250 announced store closings.

Read entire article here in National Real Estate Investor.

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Study: Store design key to attracting C-store shoppers

Store design plays a crucial role in attracting customers and driving foodservice sales in convenience stores.
That’s according to the new study, Food-Forward C-store Design, which comes as more convenience retailers are pursuing foodservice as a growth opportunity.
The report, from foodservice research and consulting firm Technomic and retail branding and design agency Chute Gerdeman, was undertaken to understand how evolving consumer demands and preferences for prepared foods and beverages can be met through convenience store design, décor, and layout.
“Foodservice is now a strategic priority for the majority of convenience retailers, and the competitive landscape requires them to raise the bar on store design to increase consumer appeal,” said Donna Hood Crecca, associate principal at Technomic.
The interactive survey of 1,000 consumers revealed insights about the role of store layout and design elements in the success of convenience foodservice programs. Key takeaways include:
Read entire article ar ChainStoreAge.com.
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Houston’s Largest Retail Development Will be Anchored By…High School Football

Houston Football dev
Retail is hot in Houston, but not as hot as high school football. At Valley Ranch Town Center in New Caney, you don’t have to choose. The massive retail development is being built around the recently completed Texan Drive Stadium, transforming the area into the perfect spot for a Friday night.

With the opening of the Grand Parkway at the entrance to the new 1,400-acre master planned community Valley Ranch, work began on the enormous Valley Ranch Town Center. The project is being spearheaded by Signorelli and executed by Arch-Con Construction. The 240-acre development will encompass 1.5M SF of retail next to a 10,000-seat amphitheater alongside New Caney’s recently completed state-of-the-art high school football stadium.

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/retail/houstons-largest-retail-development-will-be-anchored-byhigh-school-football-60424?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser


Landlords are starting to freak out about the problems in retail

empty shelves

Retail landlords are on edge. Their tenants in malls across America are reporting awful revenues and earnings, and they’re shuttering stores, and some are going bankrupt. And they’re all getting their clocks cleaned by ecommerce.

Ecommerce sales in the first quarter jumped 15% from a year ago to $86.3 billion, not seasonally adjusted, or $92.8 billion seasonally adjusted, the Census Bureau reported today. They accounted for 7.7% of total retail sales. Over the last four quarters, ecommerce also jumped 15%, to 354.3 billion.

Meanwhile, much of brick-and-mortar retail is stuck in a quagmire. Total retail sales inched up 3.3% year-over-year. A third of that “growth” was inflation as measured by CPI. Another third was the impact of ecommerce.

This chart shows quarterly ecommerce sales on a seasonally adjusted basis. It’s an impressive trend:

Read entire article here in Business Insider


Men are twisting the knife that’s already killing shopping malls

Men are twisting the knife that's already killing shopping malls

Men, rejoice. Your dreams might be coming true, all thanks to your desire to never leave your house.   A new study from Business Insider Intelligence confirms that men are doing a lot of shopping online.  So men are thereby helping drive malls into the ground, which are already struggling on multiple counts.

“When it comes to e-commerce, men drive nearly as much overall spending online in the US as women. The conventional wisdom is that women drive shopping trends, since they control up to 80% to 85% of household spending,” BI Intelligence reports.

And it turns out, more men than women would prefer to never have to leave their houses to shop — especially these guys.

The report noted that 40% of men ages 18-to-34 “would ideally buy everything online.” Women, on the other hand, seem to still care for traditional in-store shopping experiences at times with only only 33% of women agreeing they feel the same.

View entire article on Business Insider website here http://www.businessinsider.com/men-shop-online-more-frequently-than-women-2016-2




Sears: Auto Centers Reveal Big Picture Problems For Company

Sears: Auto Centers Reveal Big Picture Problems For Company


Sears Auto Centers aren’t being sold to a 3rd party.

Seritage has the right to recapture 100% of the Sears Auto Centers.

The Sears Auto Center real estate doesn’t appear to be moving.

We decided to write an article on Sears Auto Centers because we believe it exemplifies one of the major flaws in the long thesis on Sears (NASDAQ:SHLD). Sears Auto Center represents a tiny portion of Sears’ overall revenue, but the flaw we will discuss permeates a large portion of the investment valuation for Sears. It also demonstrates when reasoning can go bad.

What is the flaw? We believe that many investors have artificially inflated the value of Sears by valuing the real estate of Sears independent of the underlying retail business. Because Sears continues to lose money the net asset valuation calculations used by investors fail to account for these ongoing losses, and thus their calculations might be artificially high. Also, some have suggested that combined with the real estate, that the businesses owned by Sears have hidden values in of themselves that can be monetized outside of Sears (for example, KCD brands). Hence, they get the value of the real estate plus the value assigned to the different operating businesses. We believe that this represents a form of double dipping. Either you value the operating businesses or you value the real estate with no operating businesses. And the experience with Sears Auto Centers offers one example of why this might be important.

The Market Cap Myth

First we wanted to take a brief moment to address one issue. We hope that this helps educate the average investor on how to think about property valuations, as it offers a cautionary tale. Also, we think it demonstrates how investors need to be skeptical in their reliance on other people’s work (including ours). In the Fairholme presentation on Sears, Fairholme offered the attached slide.

View entire article at Seeking Alpha.com

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