chi-whole foods lakeview (2) Whole Foods in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood just hit the market. Grocery stores remain very popular with investors, especially well-located ones based on innovative concepts.

CHICAGO—Retail is in many ways the most challenging sector in commercial real estate, largely due to its well-known struggles to prosper in an environment shaped by the rise of e-commerce. But many investors feel it’s a smart time to buy, as long as they focus on finding assets that respond creatively to the changing needs of today’s consumers, according to Real Capital Markets’ May 2018 Retail Investor Sentiment Report.

Although the many big box vacancies and high-profile retail store closures such as Toys R’ Us produce chilling headlines, investors surveyed by RCM remain optimistic. And many say retail owners who embrace new models—ones that provide experiences or mix in residential, office or entertainment options—can still succeed in today’s retail environment.

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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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