The mood was upbeat and enthusiasm was high as the country’s top retailers and suppliers involved in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of stores, restaurants and non-traditional concepts gathered at Chain Store Age’s 57th annual SPECS conference.
All sectors of the industry were represented, from discounters and supermarkets to convenience stores and specialty concepts to restaurants and home-improvement centers.
“We are honored to play an important role in bringing the store development community back together in-person,” Gary Esposito, SPECS chairman and VP, Chain Store Age, said in opening remarks at the show. “After many months of staying connected digitally, SPECS is here to provide the critical solutions and services that are needed to compete in this ever-changing landscape.”
Held August 22 – 24 at the Gaylord Resort & Convention Center at the National Harbor, Md., and exclusively produced by Chain Store Age, the three-day event featured more than 20 insightful educational sessions and powerful keynote addresses by prolific investor and “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran and CNBC senior analyst and commentator Ron Insana.
“The economy is poised for continued growth over the next several years,” Insana told attendees. “The U.S. is flush with cash at the household level and the corporate level.”