Debra Hazel


Debra Hazel

Executive Bio

Debra Hazel is a writer and consultant focusing on retail, commercial real estate and related industries. In addition to working with a number of corporate clients, she continues to cover the industry for several industry publications, and shortly will launch “Around the World in 80 Malls,” a separate blog at www.debrahazelcommunications.com.

  • Surf, Sand and Saks

    Affluent beachgoers and residents in Puerto Rico will have one of their retail staples on the island next year, when a 100,000-square-foot, full-line Saks Fifth Avenue will open in March at the upcoming Mall of San Juan, being built by Taubman Centers and also featuring Nordstrom.

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  • IKEA Comes to India

    Well, at least one retailer is making some progress in expanding into India.

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  • Read It in the Funny Papers

    NEW HYDE PARK, NY—Given that retail and real estate is so focused on experience (aka entertaining the shopper) these days, it’s nice once in a while for the professionals in the retail and real estate industries to have a little fun themselves.

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  • Ascena Hears it for the Boys

    Ascena Retail Group may be pursuing a store expansion plan, but clearly seems to be following the trend toward expanding its focus on menswear – young menswear.

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  • Return It Your Way

    Sears, of all companies, may have found a way to make returns as easy as possible...

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  • Different Strokes, Different Growth

    NEW YORK--With a limited market for top quality malls in the United States, the nation’s largest REITs have to figure out ways to continue to grow to satisfy investors.

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  • Kimco Adds it Up for New Development

    Call it the new (or maybe old) shopping center math, courtesy of David Henry, President and CEO of Kimco Realty Corp.

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  • South of South of the Border

    Remember when expanding to Latin America pretty much was defined as opening in Mexico?

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  • About Face

    With summer unofficially over, consumers are starting to take stock of the damage the sun has done to their skin – and there are ever more new retailers looking to help them in what is a rapidly expanding category and opportunity.

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  • Growing with a Conscience

    SANTA MONICA, CA—Will Toms Shoes be the next big retailer? And will the world be a better place as a result? Bain Capital LLC has acquired a 50 percent stake in the footwear company, with plans to grow both the business and its charitable giving, says Reuters.  The company was created in 2006 when Founder and Chief Shoe Giver (yes, that’s his title) Blake Mycoskie traveled to Argentina and met children who literally had no shoes at…

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