TAMPA,FL-According to a new study just released by CB Richard Ellis, 70% of retailers in the US believe that the overall economy is improving and 92% are planning to increase store openings.

In most of Florida, says David Conn, executive vice president in the retail services division at CBRE in Tampa, many deep value retailers, such as Family General, Dollar Tree, Big lots, Aldi’s, and TJMaxx have expanded aggressively during the recession, while others stopped expanding. The deep discounters could do this, because they work on low margins and can’t pay high rents, he says.

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