OAK BROOK, IL—It was 18 months ago, or six quarters ago, as Shane Garrison expresses it, that Retail Properties of America, Inc., launched a tightly focused strategic plan. As the REIT prepares to swing into its second full year under the plan, Garrison, the company’s EVP, COO and CIO, expresses optimism about the plan’s outcome and the value it will deliver to investors.

The plan, launched when the REIT had properties in more than 75 markets, will reposition the portfolio and create a streamlined focus on 10 to 15 target markets over the next decade. RPAI plans to own approximately three million to five million square feet in each market. Garrison recently sat down with GlobeSt.com to fill in the details.

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