chi-Whole-Foods-Lakeview-flagship-by-Novak-Construction-for-sale (4) Grocery-anchored centers continue to perform well and expand. This Whole Foods in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood made up a significant percentage of the city’s new construction in 2017.

CHICAGO—The US economy has been steadily rising for years, but even as many sectors make great progress, brick-and-mortar retail seems like an exception. Consumer confidence hit a 17-year high in November and most experts believe it will remain at a high level in 2018. Overall retail sales increased in 2017, and indicators point to a successful holiday shopping season. But the rise of e-commerce has introduced a new sales channel that helps undercuts many traditional stores.