LAS VEGAS–RECon's schedule may change, butretail concerns certainly have not. The challenge of e-commerce andhow best to partner with it remains a focus here, particularly asit results in evolutions to store and center design.

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One of the discussions of the show is the opening of theLeasing Mall on Sunday this year, rather than thetraditional Monday, shaving a day off theschedule. Foot traffic appeared relatively light at the LasVegas Convention Center on Sunday, as many attendeesarrived late that day (a lot of people reported graduations). I'vebeen told, however, that the meetings that were held were longerthan normal and extremely productive.

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But that's not the only change on the minds of attendees. On thepositive side, the continuing recovery is giving more opportunityfor new retailers. The down side, however, is that they should besmaller, more shallow, and probably will have to share the centerwith more food tenants, according to interviews I've conducted inLas Vegas.

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E-commerce remains a focus, but instead of athreat, is now considered a challenge for stores as they find thebest blend of Internet and brick-and-mortarpresence. But there will be a lingering effect, as physicalstores require less space, Ahsin Rasheed,chairman, president and CEO of Baltimore-based DDGtold me. Depths have changed dramatically. Previously, mall storeswere about 150 deep to accommodate inventory storage. Now, thesestores now can be just 50 feet to 60 feet deep. This will changethe size of centers going forward.

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And look for ever more food uses to occupy centers, up toperhaps one third of leaseable space (you can't go out to eatonline). That's a big shift for centers, where dedicating 20percent to food courts and restaurants was a big deal. We may see avery different configuration of projects in the near future.

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Changes, indeed.

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