The lesser known book chains, Books-a-Million and Half Price Books, may be on the lookout for new space.
Electronics seller hh gregg has used the downturn to grow quickly and is now looking for stores in new markets. Recently it announced plans to open 20 sites in the Chicago area.
Hip bowling concepts, like Lucky Strike Lanes, are becoming popular. But traditional operators, like AMF and Brunswick, are also options.
Fitness chains, such as Planet Fitness, are expanding rapidly. Others include L.A. Fitness and Anytime Fitness.
Furniture chains are recovering as well. In the New York region, Raymour & Flanigan has been expanding and Ashley Furniture is active on the West Coast.
Discounters, including TJ Maxx, may be another good bet.
Grocery stores are considering centers they may have passed on previously. Whole Foods and Fresh Market are two hot options.