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Will Small Format Retail Be the Next Big Thing?

Small format stores may not be the next “big thing,” as much as they are a natural step in retail’s revolution, given you understand the role physical retail will play in the future. Mega-retailers like Macy’s, WalMart, Whole Foods, Best Buy, Nordstrom, Kohl’s and Target are among the few making headlines for their downsizing efforts. A lot of these smaller format retailers are downsized by over half the size of their traditional store formats, and are common in more urban neighborhoods. While other retailers like Sephora have launched smaller format…

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Industrial Properties See New Light

The Industrial Revolution truly revolutionized the United States, completely changing the face of the nation. With it, came large scale industrial buildings and warehouses — many of which would eventually become empty, vacated properties. Fast forward a couple hundred years, and whole the processes in those buildings have certainly changed, the buildings themselves are still pretty similar. Industrial spaces are still big and expansive, often making them difficult or nearly impossible for another business to come in behind them and fill the same space. This is where adaptive reuse comes…

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5 Great Cities for Small Businesses

Small businesses continue to thrive across America, acting as the nation’s backbone and supporting countless local economies. Don’t believe us? Take a look at this: Today, there are more than 5,000,000 companies in the United States — and more than three-fourths of them have fewer than 10 employees (U.S. Census Bureau). As such an important part of the American economy, it’s crucial to do everything you can to help ensure that your small business thrives in the face of competition. Part of that is your location. It’s true – some…

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CRE Trends Technology 

Are Bots Taking Over CRE?

  There have been plenty of stories circulating about how AI chatbots, or bots, are taking over  businesses and possibly even entire industries. But, until now, no one has really thought about how bot technology could impact and transform CRE. Robots, in some form or fashion, have already replaced humans in some jobs, from flipping burgers to assembling cars. But bots have no place in CRE, where human interaction is crucial and necessary… right? Think again. Technology, including bot technology, has found a new niche in the customer service area…

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Staying Relevant: How Retail is Keeping Brick and Mortar in the Game

It’s hard to turn on the news or read an article without seeing a headline about how grim things are for the retail industry right now. Thanks to online shopping and eCommerce giants, such as Amazon, retail sales are down and terms like “retail apocalypse” are being thrown about. But is the future of brick and mortar retail doomed? Are shopping malls really a thing of the past? We don’t think so — at least not entirely. The retail industry is evolving to keep up with consumer demands, and is…

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