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

Phoenix Real Estate Market Remains Healthy Despite Impact of COVID-19 (AZ Big Media, Jul. 23, 2020)

Mall Owners Renting Out Parking Lots During the Coronavirus Pandemic (CNBC, Jul. 14, 2020)

The Dying Mall’s New Lease on Life: Apartments (Bloomberg City Lab, Jun. 30, 2020)

COVID-19 Dents Demand at Commercial Properties (Commercial Property Executive, May 21, 2020)

We Should Be Prepared for a New Normal: 3 Real Estate Experts on How the Coronavirus is Transforming Offices and Accelerating the Rise of Industrial Property (Business Insider, Apr. 24, 2020)

Coronavirus is Upending the Real Estate Industry. From Job Cuts to New Opportunities, Here’s Everything You Need to Know (Business Insider, Apr. 19, 2020)

Leasing Tips & Trends

Zara Owner Built a Post-Covid Retailer Before Virus Came Along (Bloomberg, Jun. 9, 2020) E

Coronavirus Guidance: Commercial Real Estate (National Association of REALTORS®, May 14, 2020)

50 Penn Place Embraces Different Approach to Leasing (The Journal Record, Jan. 10, 2020) E

Sale-Leaseback Deals Continue to Be Popular With Retailers (Commercial Property Executive, Jan. 8, 2020)

Adam Ifshin on Leasing Trends (Chain Store Age, Dec. 18, 2019)

What Does Triple Net (NNN) Mean? (Stirling Properties, Nov. 12, 2019)

Trends in Leasing Arrangements (Chain Store Age, May 22, 2019)

Big Boxes Becoming a Big Headache for Shopping Center Landlords (Crain’s Chicago Business, Apr. 30, 2019)

Commercial Investment ​Tips & Trends

Ackerman, MDH Embark on ‘Recession Resistant’ Retail Focused Redevelopment (BisNow, May 21, 2020)

Retail has Been on Life Support – Coronavirus Could Pull the Plug (NBC News, Apr. 7, 2020)

Commercial Real Estate Industry Coronavirus Resource Center (National Real Estate Investor, Apr. 1, 2020)

Is Forever 21 a Wise Investment for its New Mall Landlord Owners? (RetailWire, Feb. 4, 2020)

The Safest Bet in Retail: Grocery-Anchored Shopping Centers Remain Investor Darlings (National Real Estate Investor, Jan./Feb. 2020) E

Real Estate Investors Shouldn't Give Up On Retail (U.S. News & World Report, Mar. 15, 2019)

Investor Sentiments and Trends in Retail Real Estate (JLL, Feb. 11, 2019)

CRE Investors Can Still Profit from Retail Real Estate—If They Stick with Service-Oriented Tenants (National Real Estate Investor, Jan. 23, 2019)


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 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 (Kindle, 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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