Attendance and number of exhibitors was down from prior years. Several people attributed this to this year’s meeting being about 10 days later than in the past so people had already made vacation plans. Several people were either on vacation or on business trips that occur the same week of July annually so they weren’t able to attend.
That said, of the attendees themselves, the energy level was high. Activity around the developer’s exhibits seemed very brisk. The was also more “walk up” business than in the past, particularly from investors.
Overall, people seemed confident of the economies growing strength were eager to partcipate.
Even though some of the biggest net lease news out there right now is the Family Dollar deal, there wasn’t much talk of it as dollar stores aren’t as prevalent in New England as they are in other parts of the country.