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(Updated April 2017)

Retail property is under stress, with empty stores, little growth and customers who prefer to shop online. Find out current trends, forecasts, and what is happening in retail leasing and investing. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist)

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Retail Pr​operty Trends

Take a look at first quarter stats for retail real estate, (National Real Estate Investor, Apr. 9, 2017).

These 8 retailers are actually opening stores, (The Motley Fool, Apr. 3, 2017).

What does the future Sears look like? Smaller and more specialized, analysts say, (The Orange County Register, Mar. 23, 2017).

Urban Outfitters CEO says the retail bubble has burst, (Bloomberg, Mar. 8, 2017).

Macy’s woes could doom a third of America’s malls, analyst says, (The Washington Post, May 12, 2016).

There really are too many stores. Just ask the retailers, (The Washington Post, Apr. 15, 2016).

Retail continues sluggish growth, (Commercial Property Executive, Apr. 7, 2016).

Retail rents could increase by 4.0 percent in 2016, (National Real Estate Investor, Apr. 4, 2016).

Danger signs at the mall? More empty storefronts, (CNBC, Jan. 27, 2016).

11 predictions for the future of retail in 2016, (Retail Dive, Jan. 7, 2016).

Retail Market ​Reviews

Take a look at first quarter stats for retail real estate, (National Real Estate Investor, Apr. 9, 2017).

Six trends driving changes in U.S. retail, (Urban Land, Feb. 24, 2017).

The case for the American mall, (Racked, Aug. 2, 2016).

Pondering the store’s future in an age of web buying, (The Business of Fashion, May 18, 2016).

The Future of the Shopping Center Industry, (International Council of Shopping Centers, n.d.). 

Big spenders, (Shopping Centers Today, Apr. 1, 2016). E

Retail Forecast 2016, (Chain Store Age, Jan. 4, 2016). 

Leasing Tips & Trends

Top 10 most valuable retail leases of 2016, (The Real Deal, Dec. 27, 2016).

Pop-up shops were once a sign of desperation.  Now they’re part of the business plan, (Los Angeles Times, Nov. 24, 2016).

As anchor stores close, co-tenancy clauses can still cause more problems, (National Real Estate Investor, Sept. 20, 2016).

How the mall is evolving, (Philadelphia Inquirer, Apr. 4, 2016).

Investment ​Tips & Trends

Investors still willing to bet big on mall turnarounds, even those still hit by triple anchor closures, (CoStar, Mar. 30, 2017).

How to save a dying mall, (Bloomberg, Feb. 22, 2017).

Why lenders must account for mall trends, (Commercial Property Executive, Sept. 7, 2016).

U.S. shopping malls beset by debt are facing an accounting, (Investor’s Business Daily, July 2, 2016).

U.S. Retail Investment Forecast, (Marcus & Millichap, Feb. 8, 2016). 

Five reasons why grocery-anchored shopping centers are a smart investment, (The Center of Shopping, Jan. 15, 2016). 


CCIM Institute—A Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) is a recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment real estate.

International Council of Shopping Centers—Global trade association representing the shopping center industry. The groups' membership is over 65,000 in about 80 countries.

IREM—The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), an affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®, is an association of property and asset managers who have met the strict criteria in the areas of education, experience, and ethics.

National Retail Federation—The National Retail Federation is the world's largest retail trade association, with membership compromising all retail formats and channels of distribution.

eBooks &​ Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Commercial Real Estate Investment (PDF eBook)

The Complete Guide to Financing Real Estate Developments (Adobe eBook)

The Dynamics of Property Location (Adobe eBook)

Gen BuY: How Tweens, Teens and Twenty-Somethings are Revolutionizing Retail! (Kindle, Adobe eBook)

Local and Community Driven Development (Adobe eBook)

Real Estate Development and Investment (Adobe eBook)

Sustainable Property Development (Adobe eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Services. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Annual Store Construction & Outfitting Survey, (Chain Store Age, 2013).

Annual Store Construction & Outfitting Survey, (Chain Store Age, 2011).

Is the ‘Shop Around the Corner’ a luxury or a nuisance? working paper, (University of CA Lusk Center for Real Estate, Sept. 22, 2010).

Field Guides & More

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Field Guide to Investing in Real Estate

Field Guide to Business Value

Field Guide to Site Selection

Field Guide to Commercial Property Management

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