NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ—The Northeast retail realestate market is robust heading into the heart of 2015. Matthew K.Harding, president of Levin Management, seeshigher pricing in the near future as most of the prime real estatehas been gobbled up. He gave us his views on the retail market inNew Jersey in this exclusive Q&A.

Q: You're seeing things getting tighter, and it's prettymuch at the top end of the market, right?

A: An emerging supply/demand imbalance forClass A space is beginning to create some barriers to entry forretailers in our market while also spurring an increasedconstruction pipeline. Notably, we are seeing stepped-up expansionof existing shopping center properties. For new projects, flight toquality is a common theme, and developers are focused onopportunities in established retail corridors and those thatinvolve the strength and stability of a grocery anchor.

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