REoptimizer® Blog

COVID-19 & Retail Space

Posted by Don Catalano on May 04, 2020

As a result of COVID-19, the world of retail is changing. Many businesses are suffering and won't reopen after coronavirus. However, many other businesses are thriving and growing in these times. Here are some of what we see for the future of retail in America, post-COVID.

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Topics: retail, covid-19

6 Tips When Looking for Retail Space

Posted by Don Catalano on Jul 08, 2019

Even if you have cutting edge or highly sought products, your retail business can only ever be as good as its physical location. The space that you choose to rent will play a huge role in determining whether or not your business is a success, making it important that you choose wisely when selecting a new storefront or building to rent. Keep these tips in mind as you research and tour prospective spaces:

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Topics: retail

Importance of the Go-Dark Clause in Retail

Posted by Don Catalano on Aug 15, 2018

When you sign a commercial lease for space for your retail business, you hate to think that you might end up having to vacate the building before your term has expired. Unfortunately, retail is an uncertain industry. You could find yourself in a financial situation where your only options are to shut your doors, making it important that you negotiate for a favorable Go Dark clause in your lease.

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Topics: retail

Six Retail Trends to Look Out for in 2018

Posted by Don Catalano on Feb 14, 2018

2018 promises to be a different year for retail than the recent past. While it's still too early to tell which retail trend will be the dominant one, it's likely that this year will tilt much more towards good news than bad news. Here are six trends that we're watching:

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Topics: retail

REoptimizer's Top Commercial Real Estate Blogs from June 2017

Posted by Don Catalano on Jun 26, 2017

In case you missed them, here are some of our top CRE articles from the REoptimizer® blog in June:


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Topics: Commercial Tenant Tips, Office Space, commercial real estate, retail, office parking

Six Factors When Choosing Retail Space

Posted by Don Catalano on Jun 07, 2017

If you're used to leasing office or industrial space, much of what you know is not applicable to retail space. Instead of picking space where people work or where you need to store inanimate objects, you instead have to focus on driving people to choose your location over all others.

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Topics: Retail Space Planning, commercial real estate, retail

Retail Site Selection Tips

Posted by Don Catalano on Sep 05, 2016

More than any other commercial real estate asset class, the actual characteristics of a retail site will have a large impact on the success of the business you put in it. Think about it for a second. If you choose an office building that is across the street from the "perfect" building, you might lose a hire or two or have a couple of customers inconvenienced, but the odds are that your business will do just fine. For a coffee shop, though, being located on the side of the street where afternoon commuters pass instead of morning commuters could be enough to make that business fail. With this in mind, here are some site selection tips to keep in mind.

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Topics: Site Selection, retail