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.

  • 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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  • Mixing It Up in Miami

    MIAMI—A bit of Asia is coming to Miami – at least in terms of retail real estate development trends.

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  • Double Bogey?

    Remember the growth in golf-related stores, such as Golfsmith and Golf Galaxy?

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  • Spring Shopping

    NEW YORK CITY—As if Amazon and all the others weren’t enough competition in the e-commerce wars, along comes a new entrant that targets what had been a bastion of brick-and-mortar shopping: the luxury boutique.

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  • Master-Ing Retail Sales

    PURCHASE, NY—The Experience Economy is real, according to the latest SpendingPulse Report from MasterCard Advisors. Spending is up—but likely not at stores.

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  • Shape of Things to Come

    NEW YORK CITY—The Future of the Mall is starting to look very sci-fi. Debra Hazel surveys what's causing the most fuss.

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  • Reviving RadioShack?

    NEW YORK CITY—Can a new prototype save RadioShack?

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  • I’ll Second (Quarter) That

    BOSTON—Debra Hazel takes the temperature of the sector's Q2 earnings.

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  • It’s All About Density These Days

    BOSTON—In Boston, DC and Philadelphia, density is the leading driver to new retail development.

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  • Smile and Say Cheese-cake

    CALABASAS HILLS, CA—Waistlines aren't the only expansions happening from The Cheesecake Factory.

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