03/04/2014 - 4:30pm

Speaking with Ron Goldstone, senior VP at Southfield, Mich.-based Farbman Group really got my juices flowing about the Midwest retail real estate marketplace — Michigan in particular.

02/18/2014 - 11:15am

While we’re only just getting started on 2014, already one of the big retail stories is store closings. While the economy is far from robust, we aren’t in a recession either, and so at first these closings might seem a little surprising.

02/04/2014 - 5:29pm

After taking a look at some of the post-holiday sales figures, it seems like maybe I was a little too pessimistic. While the overall 2013 holiday season’s sales aren’t particularly impressive, they aren’t flat, either — which is an outcome that I had worried about.

01/21/2014 - 12:39pm

Perhaps no single brand had a holiday season quite as rocky as Sears. When the retailer announced a string of bad news on Jan. 9, shares of Sears Holding Corp. (which includes both Sears and Kmart) went through the floor.

01/07/2014 - 12:05pm

While we wait for all of the official numbers to come in from the 2013 holiday shopping season — a topic I’ll address in a future column — I thought this might be a good time to expand on one of the points I made about retail downsizing in my 2014 forecast piece.

12/23/2013 - 11:16am

The more I think about this past year the more I think that the holiday numbers aren’t even the most important takeaway. What’s far more interesting to me is what 2013 has to tell us about where we go next.

12/10/2013 - 5:30pm

We are all susceptible to media hype, and to established narratives, so it’s easy to miss important details in the growing chaos and chatter that surrounds Black Friday each year.

11/22/2013 - 11:28am

Here’s something you may not have heard in a while: Competition from multiple buyers is causing a spike in the price of many shopping centers.

11/07/2013 - 11:01am

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has begun to notice some changes in that most iconic of holiday shopping events: Black Friday.