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CHICAGO—E-commerce has made headlines for years by bleeding many retailers dry, so it’s understandable that those working in the sector point out the bright spots. And those bright spots definitely exist. Well-located stores that can provide real experiences, along with desired goods, are still popular with shoppers. And smart landlords have brought in businesses, such as healthcare providers, largely impervious to online competition. Furthermore, some spectacular flameouts in the retail world, including the iconic brand Toys R’ Us, crashed due to debt hangovers from leveraged buyouts rather than e-commerce. Still, these considerations aside, commercial real estate professionals can’t deny that a very real erosion has happened, and will continue for the foreseeable future. In today’s GlobeSt.com, Ten-X’s retail forecast shows Chicago and other Midwest cities, most of which have less-than-impressive job growth, are especially vulnerable.

Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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