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.


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Retail Pr​operty Trends

Changing the Game for Office and Retail (Architect, Jun. 11, 2021)

The Future of Retail Real Estate Markets (Johns Hopkins University, Jun. 11, 2021)

Can Mall Real Estate Keep a Focus on Community? (MarketScale, Jun. 9, 2021)

Small Retailers Slip into City’s Empty Storefronts on the Cheap (Propmodo, May 28, 2021)

Commercial Real Estate Deals Expected to Rise in 2021 (Franchising.com, May 15, 2021)

Instant Reaction: Retail Trade Sales May 14, 2021 (Economists’ Outlook, May 14, 2021)

U.S. Retail Recovery Indicators May 2021 (CBRE, May 7, 2021)

Pandemic Accelerates the Addition of Mixed Uses to Open-Air Retail (Wealth Management.com, Apr. 21, 2021)

The Effect of COVID-19 on Retail Rental Real Estate Market (PBMares, Apr. 13, 2021)

Is LA’s Platform the Future of Retail? (Vogue Business, Apr. 12, 2021)

Leasing Tips & Trends

How The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Altered Commercial Leasing Forever (JDSupra, May 28, 2021)

CRE Apocalypse? Not Quite. Instead, We’re Seeing a Net Lease Boom (REjournals, May 27, 2021)

Simon Property Group Bets on Retail Comeback with Store Leases (Marketplace, May 11, 2021)

First Signs of Improving Leasing Activity (JLL, May 6, 2021)

New Bill Would Mandate Retail Lease Renewals in NYC (The Real Deal, Apr. 30, 2021)

Coronavirus Guidance: Commercial Real Estate (National Association of REALTORS®, Apr. 22, 2021)

Commercial Landlords Look to Grocery Stores to Fill Retail Vacancies (Marketplace, Apr. 16, 2021)

The Trends Driving Sale Leasebacks (GlobeSt, Apr. 6, 2021)

Commercial Investment ​Tips & Trends

When Will Private Equity Money Impact Commercial Real Estate? (Commercial Observor, Jun. 8, 2021)

The Re-Emerging Multi-Tenant Market (Shopping Center Business, Jun. 2, 2021)

Expectations of Strong Post-COVID Recovery Bolster Competition for Commercial Real Estate Assets (Think Realty, Jun. 1, 2021)

Businesses Are Back, But Hiring Isn't. How Low Employment Is Impacting Real Estate (Millionacres, May 14, 2021)

Retail Is Coming Back: An Opportunity for Private Lenders (Shopping Center Business, Apr. 12, 2021)

Malls Tout Proposed Changes to REIT Rules as Good for Retailers (Retail Dive, Apr. 1, 2021)

Retail Sales Shrunk in February: Mall REITs Could Get Battered (Millionacres, Mar. 23, 2021)

Why Most REITs Remain Lean and Liquid: Q&A (Commercial Property Executive, Mar. 12, 2021)


Retail Industry Leaders Association—The Retail Industry Leaders Association is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation.

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 Grocers Association — For nearly 40 years, the National Grocers Association (NGA) has represented independent supermarket operators in every congressional district across the country, and the wholesalers that service them.

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:

Big Box Reuse (eBook)

Commercial Real Estate Investment (eBook)

The Complete Guide to Financing Real Estate Developments (Kindle, eBook)

The Dynamics of Property Location (eBook)

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

Real Estate Development and Investment (Kindle, eBook)

Sustainable Property Development (Kindle, eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through the NAR Library & Archives. 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 Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Retail Development (Urban Land Institute, 2008) HF 5430 Ur1

Green Retail: Selected Readings (Urban Land Institute, 2007) NA 6230 Ur1g

Retail 1-2-3: A Workbook for Local Officials (Metropolitan Planning Council, 2007) HF 5429 El7

The Lease Manual: A Practical Guide to Negotiating Office, Retail, and Industrial Leases (American Bar Association, 2006) KF593.C6 D55

Developing Retail Entertainment Destinations (Urban Land Institute, 2001) NAC 1800 Ur1dr

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