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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.
  • Phoenix Retail Market Goes From Bleak to Bright

    PHOENIX—Unlike the height of the recession, retailers are expanding in the Phoenix area, and once-scarred shopping centers are getting backfilled, says Tyson Switzenberg of JLL (RECon booth C1001).

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  • Walmart Awaits the Ballots

    Walmart’s timing regarding its latest international expansion is interesting, to say the least.

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  • Ground-Up Retail? It’s Happening in Atlanta.

    ATLANTA—Atlanta might be one metro area slow to recover from the recession, but John Bemis of JLL (RECon booth C1001) tells us about some exciting retail developments in the city.

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  • Retail Not Left Behind in Texas’ Vibrant CRE Market

    The retail real estate sector in Texas is strong statewide. Executives at JLL (RECon booth C1001) talk to us about two strong markets in particular -- Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.

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  • Do the Doseum

    Exhibits from car exhibits to movie tie-ins have long been a way to keep customers coming back to shopping centers again and again. The latest is high tech, and for kids.

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  • Retail Roundup

    After several weeks of retailers reporting less than spectacular fourth quarter and full year sales, it’s a pleasure to note that some stores did quite well – and plan to expand.

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  • Announcing the Next Big Retailer(s)

    One of the things that drives reporters – and everyone, really – crazy is not knowing the end of a story. At least I can solve one mystery.

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  • New Sears Outlets?

    It’s been a busy month for Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, which had both good news (store openings!) and not-so-good news (declining comps) in what is the busiest segment in retail.

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  • Supersizing Mall of America

    It’s taken a while, but the $325 million expansion of the Mall of America is finally under way. But is the timing right?

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  • Emulating Howard Hughes?

    In his latest letter to shareholders, Howard Hughes Corp. CEO David Weinreb clearly feels an affinity with the company’s namesake’s background as a movie producer.

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