Retail Commercial Real Estate Blog

Retailers continue to expand in Maryland

Everyday, another store closes. Big retailers are declaring bankruptcy and signaling another round of closures. The whole retail industry is in flux. Despite the pandemic and depletion of some retailers on the scene, other retailers are swooping in capitalizing by announcing expansion.  The old adage, “When one door closes, another one opens” becomes literal in […]

Virginia Expansion Explosion includes Amazon

Virginia has been targeted for millions of square feet of new brick-and-mortar shops, both by developers seeking to capitalize on Amazon's forthcoming HQ2 headquarters move to Arlington/Alexandria near Washington D.C., and by retailers seizing opportunities throughout the economically diverse state. Plans are in the works for a variety of creative live-play-work destinations to cater to […]

Understanding Franchises: Why Retailsphere spends time making sure our profile data is right

Whether you are backfilling a vacant big box, or attempting to lease up your just-opened regional lifestyle center, finding and securing the right tenant for your space can be a challenging process.  Specifically, the desire to attract franchises to your shopping center once required a great deal of research and legwork to gather enough information […]

How Retailsphere helps Hyatt Commercial Get Ahead

Known as the "local [commercial real estate] experts" in Southern Maryland, Hyatt Commercial is taking the retail industry to the next level through an entrepreneurial spirit, hard-work, and a team dedicated to finding the right tenants for their clients each time.For decades, Hyatt has focused on building long term relationships, delivering the best possible service […]

Food hall Flexibility: A promising response to the pandemic

COVID-19 has brought into question how big a role food-and-beverage tenants will continue to play in the long-term vision of using socially oriented, experiential concepts to revive retail real estate.   The restaurant industry, like many other parts of the economy, enjoyed robust growth until the pandemic struck. Late last year, the National Restaurant Association projected […]

Get the Deal Done with a Retailsphere Research Request

You’ve found the perfect tenant for your shopping center and are eager to start a conversation with their team. Now begins the tough part of the process - researching their brand and hunting down a contact that can actually make the decision to open a new location.Unless you are a Retailsphere member. If you are, […]

Using Retailsphere for leverage in lease negotiations

Tenants are playing rent hardball with retail center owners like never before, asking for reductions, deferrals, abatements and other concessions. Many requests are legitimate, given COVID-19 hardships, but some seem to be out-and-out shakedowns, particularly those emanating from national tenants owned by private-equity (PE) funds.Consider this hypothetical case: "U.S. Oil Change," a fictional category leader […]

Bringing In Grocery Tenants Is A Smart Move—Here's How To Find Them

While guidelines around COVID-19 update almost daily, one fact has stood firm over the last 4+ months: people are staying home. Whether by government mandates, their own personal concerns, or just because options for outside activities are extremely limited, most people are working, schooling and interacting from the safety of their own houses.  This has […]

Replacing JCPenney: How To Use Retailsphere To Fill Large Vacancies

It’s no secret that JCPenney has been struggling for years, and now the global pandemic has led to bankruptcy and the shuttering of over 100 stores across the country. If JCPenney was one of your anchor tenants, the thought of filling such a large space right now could lead to panic.  Large-scale brands such as […]

Top Five Complaints About Retail Tenant Databases

What’s a tenant database? It’s a list of expanding retailers and contact information for key decision makers in those organizations. If you work in retail commercial real estate, you’ve undoubtedly used a retail tenant database to help you find and connect with potential tenants. Retailsphere was created to advance the retail tenant database beyond just […]

Why Medical May be the best Tenant — And How To Find Them

Retail is often reliant on the exciting new trends. Poke bowls are the new sushi and trampoline parks are the new arcade, proving that even when brands remain flexible and innovate—there’s always room for something new. When you tack on a global pandemic, it can feel daunting to find a solid tenant for your retail […]

When Tenants Won’t Help Themselves during the Covid-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent widespread orders to close theaters, retailers and restaurants – or severely restrict their operations – are forcing landlords and tenants to the negotiating table to figure out a way to survive. In many cases, the parties are striking agreements that generally provide a period of rent reduction and then spread […]

Get proven Return on Investment (ROI) with Retailsphere

Many commercial real estate brokers and shopping center managers are used to purchasing a retail tenant database just once a year, so a monthly subscription fee can feel expensive. When compared to the cost of a vacant space, however, Retailsphere is a steal. And because Retailsphere’s location data and retail research is constantly updated, you […]

The real value of having an on-demand research team

When you sign up with Retailsphere, you are getting access to a robust retailer tenant database that is constantly updated by our world-class research team. You also get direct access to these researchers as each subscription comes with custom monthly research requests. We’ve previously taken a look at why you should want a research team, […]

Why do you need a Retail Research Team?

You’ve bought a new retail contact list hoping it will include a few critical brands. You finally get a chance to comb through it and you’re missing several of the contacts you needed most, plus the ones that are present seem to be old. Sound familiar?Knowing you have up-to-date and correct information is important when […]
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