REAL ESTATE

RED Legacy hires business development exec

BY Michael Fickes

Kansas City, Kan. — Stacy Scheelk has signed on as senior director of new business development with RED Legacy. An accredited Certified Marketing Director, Scheelk’s responsibilities include developing partnerships, securing sponsorships, creating specialty retail and increasing ancillary income.

She comes to RED Legacy from CBL & Associates Properties where she most recently served as regional director of brand development.

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Marcus & Millichap: Improving retail real estate outlook

BY Michael Fickes

Calabasas, Calif. — Broader regional economic growth and improved consumer and retailer finances bode well for retail real estate investments in well-located properties, according to “The Retail Outlook” from Marcus & Millichap Research Services’ second quarter 2013 mid-year outlook for the national retail market and U.S. economy.

The second quarter 2013 mid-year analysis, The Retail Outlook observes that retailers that survived the recession have honed their business models and balance sheets. As a result, retail closings in the first quarter of 2013 fell 70% compared to the same period last year, despite the continuing growth of e-commerce, which is generally thought to shrink store footprints and reduce demand for retail space.

Limited growth in space is helping support property values. The Outlook puts new supplies at 10% to 25% of the long-term average. Significant new construction activity has been occurring in only a few pockets, including Houston, Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth, with the focus on single-tenant properties and power centers.

While strip and neighborhood centers continue to struggle, the national vacancy rate for shopping centers has fallen from 11.2% to 10.7% over the past year.

Rents are still falling nationally, but coastal markets are seeing strong rent growth.

As the economy continues to recover and job growth begins to strengthen, The Outlook forecasts net absorption of retail space of 79.7 million sq. ft. in 2013 compared to 55 million sq. ft. in new supply. If that materializes, the national vacancy rate for all retail will decline 40 basis points to 7.7% and push the national average asking rents up 1.8% to $16.06 per sq. ft.

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ShopAtHome.com caters to digitally savvy shoppers

BY CSA STAFF

DENVER — ShopAtHome.com, a coupon and cash back search engine used by more than 19 million consumers each month, has upgraded its tablet app to address the online shopping needs of a fast-growing number of tablet users.

The updated tablet app for iOS and Android provides a personalized shopping and savings experience based on a consumer’s previous behavior.

"The new app learns a consumer’s habits and interests. Once a user has shopped at an online retailer or given the store a high rating, the app will push notifications of sales, coupons and cash back deals from these preferred stores," said Michael Pace, head of mobile product for ShopAtHome.com. "This ensures that a consumer never misses out on a great deal from a store they frequent."

"Our consumers know how to seek out the best deals and can earn significant cash back through the ShopAtHome.com platform," said Lesley Kennedy, ShopAtHome.com senior managing editor. "This new app enhances their shopping experience by flagging personalized deals, which also helps our customers save time by eliminating the needs to scour the Internet for deals on the items they want from the stores they love."

ShopAtHome.com was founded in 1986 by husband-and-wife team Marc and Claudia Braunstein.

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