Donna Mitchell

Contributing writer


Retail Real Estate Investors Hunt for Yields in Secondary Markets
In 2016 investment in secondary urban retail properties increased by 43.5 percent, while investment in primary markets were down 46.1 percent, according to JLL.
What Will Rite Aid Divestitures Mean for Net Lease Investors? 2
Investors began buying Rite Aid locations again in the fourth quarter. Going forward, some industry professionals believe that 1031 exchange investors are likely to be among the most active Rite Aid store buyers.
After a Lean Year for REIT M&As, 2017 Talk Turns Private
Observers are not certain that 2017 will be a busy year of consolidations for the REIT sector.
Will the Department Store Sector Survive?
Heavy shuttering of stores does not always portend doom, according to industry experts.
Five Major Trends That Will Shape Retail Real Estate in 2017 1
We took a look at five trends that will drive the retail property sector in 2016, and found that issues related to sluggish sales and store closings will continue to challenge retailers.
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Retail Rents in Major Cities Are Beginning to Descend
Manhattan is not alone among American cities where retailers are getting more breathing room on rents.
Regency Centers/Equity One Merger an Outlier in the REIT World
The market should not expect to see a ramp-up in M&A activity in the sector.
Core Operations in the Hotel Sector Continue to Hold Strong
The hotel sector will continue to keep the lights on for all sorts of travelers. It is just that the lights could be a little dimmer, industry researchers are concerned.
Mixed Restaurant Sales Hint at Tough Environment Ahead
Comparable sales numbers for chain restaurants, which range from low single-digits to negative, could be a red flag for retail landlords.
Cabela’s Reclaims Some of Its Former Glory, And Bass Pro Swoops In
A combined company has great potential for a diversified real estate strategy, and for future growth.
Fast-Fashion Retailers Struggle with Slower Growth
Millennial shoppers are not as brand-loyal as they have been in previous business cycles.
Declines in Nursing Home Occupancy Levels Indicate Changes Afoot in Seniors Housing
Occupancy rates at some seniors housing properties have been dropping of late.
Can West Elm and Restoration Hardware Succeed Outside the Retail Business?
These are high barriers to entry facing West Elm, and RH, which has used its brand to launch several businesses related to furniture design.
Toys “R” Us Plans a New Strategy, Child’s Play Included
Future stores will operate in much smaller footprints—about a quarter of the current average unit size of 40,000 sq. ft., according to media reports.
For Grocers Like Kroger, Smaller is Better
Kroger’s convenience stores are a plus for the company, since it handles the format more deftly than other grocery competitors.