April 30, 2015

Our fastest-growing acquirers bought fewer square feet than in 2013. But the deals may be even better.Editor’s Note: The 26th annual Chain Store Age survey of Fastest-Growing Acquirers surveyed retail square footage purchased during the 2014 calendar year.Retail real estate acquisitions slowed in 2014. The year’s five Fastest-Growing Acquirers purchased approximately 10 million fewer square feet than the top five bought in 2013.That may be a deceptive observation.

April 30, 2015

Downtown LA’s South Park will emerge as a new retail districtIt’s rare enough for any developer — or group of developers and brokers — to plan an entirely new retail district almost literally from the ground up. It’s utterly unique to do so in one of the largest cities in the world.Yet, that’s exactly what’s happening in Downtown Los Angeles’ South Park neighborhood.

April 30, 2015

Whether local or global, growth has been robust for 2014’s top third-party managersThe 26th annual survey of Fastest-Growing Managers surveys new domestic and international third-party management and leasing contracts obtained during the 2014 calendar year and ranks the top performers.

April 23, 2015

Following its January 2015 spinoff from private-equity firm Sycamore Partners, Jones New York has been acquired by Authentic Brands Group, LLC, owner of a global portfolio of fashion, sports, media and entertainment brands.

April 20, 2015

Staples Inc. will acquire Accolade Promotion Group (APG), a distributor of promotional products in Canada. The acquisition will build on Staples' position as a distributor of promotional products in North America and will expand the breadth of offering for its customers.

April 14, 2015

CBRE has announced that LeDonna Spongberg, a retail leasing professional, has joined the company’s Phoenix office as a first VP.

April 14, 2015

Dover Saddlery Inc. entered into a definitive merger agreement with a company formed by Webster Capital. Webster will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Dover common stock for $8.50 per share in cash and take Dover private.

April 13, 2015

Walton Enterprises LLC, the corporation which holds Wal-Mart stock for the Walton family, plans to sell off some of its ownership stake in the discount giant.

April 8, 2015

The Kroger Co. is reportedly planning to close and rebrand some stores operating under the Harris-Teeter banner in Tennessee.

April 6, 2015

The Cool Japan Fund, a fund mostly supported by Japanese taxpayers and linked to Japan’s government, will reportedly invest $2.18 million in a chain of U.S. green tea cafes.

April 1, 2015

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has appointed Yu Yongfu as president of the company’s online marketing unit, Alimama, to spearhead the business into new areas of growth.

March 27, 2015

Joseph Abboud has opened a flagship, the first under the umbrella of Men's Wearhouse, on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Men’s Wearhouse acquired the Abboud brand in 2013.

March 17, 2015

A winning bidder has reportedly emerged for the assets of The Wet Seal Inc., which declared bankruptcy in January 2015.

March 11, 2015

Juicy Couture, which was acquired by Authentic Brands Group in 2013, may no longer be a coveted brand in the United States, but it is still has great appeal in foreign markets.

March 6, 2015

Australian specialty retailer T2 is looking to tap into the growing global market for premium teas — and it’s doing so with a style all its own.

March 4, 2015

Bayer Properties has begun construction on the $66 million redevelopment of the historic Pizitz Building, located on the corner of 2nd Avenue North and 19th Street in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.

March 2, 2015

Howard Levine, CEO of Family Dollar Stores Inc., intends to reduce his holdings of company stock for the second time in a month.

February 27, 2015

A state appeals court in New York has revived two claims Macy’s Inc. made against J.C. Penney Co. Inc. in a long-running dispute between the two department store chains about who has the right to sell Martha Stewart Living home products. 

February 26, 2015

Jay Carney, former White House press secretary for the Obama administration and current CNN analyst, has been appointed senior VP of worldwide corporate affairs for Amazon, effective March 2.

February 26, 2015

Retail Properties of America, Inc., closed on the acquisition of Cedar Park Town Center, a 181,000-sq.-ft. community center located in Cedar Park, an Austin, Texas submarket.

February 24, 2015

Office Depot Inc. is seeing some fiscal benefits from its November 2013 merger with OfficeMax.

February 22, 2015

If it hasn't done so already, the consumer experience will undoubtedly include omnichannel shopping, mobile, and social media as part of what consumers do naturally. Based on this inevitable evolution of how customers engage with retailers, here are seven retail “megatrends” which will become reality by 2020.

February 18, 2015

Private equity firm Altamont Capital Partners has purchased specialty restaurant chain Cotton Patch Café, which operates 45 locations in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

February 18, 2015

Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn has increased his investment holding in EBay Inc.