Counter Culture

About This Blog

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.

    Read More
  • Big Brands Find Success in San Bernardino County

    Mary Jane Olhasso highlights the retail advantage in Southern California's San Bernardino County.

    Read More
  • IKEA Comes to India

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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Retail Prices Reaches Historical Heights

    LOS ANGELES—In this EXCLUSIVE Q&A, Wilson Retail Group SVP Geoff Tranchina talks about the emerging trends in the retail investment market.

    Read More
  • Net Lease Future Shines Bright

    TULSA, OK—Sources continue to observe strength and momentum in the net lease market and believes it can be attributed to a limited supply of high-quality assets, plentiful capital and relatively stable US economic fundamentals.

    Read More
  • Victoria Gardens Celebrates 10 Years With A Modern Redevelopment

    Melina Ferraez highlights what Victoria Gardens is doing to stay on top of the Inland Empire retail scene in this preview commentary for the ICSC Western Division conference.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Return It Your Way

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

    Read More
  • West Net Lease Is Robust With Demand

    LOS ANGELES—In this EXCLUSIVE Q&A with locally based Sam Alison, Stan Johnson Co. regional director, he says that demand in the retail market exceeds supply by four times or higher.

    Read More