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For all of the concerning headlines and panic over the future of retail and the growth of ecommerce, few believe that retail is going to completely go away. Kevin E. Kelley of retail design firm Shook Kelley says that retail is going through a massive change, but it is here to stay. “It is going to go through a complete shock to the system,” he tells GlobeSt.com. The shock has designers and developers alike looking five years into the future to build retail that will serve future consumers. This includes separating long-standing trends from fads, focusing on urban retail that is easily accessible to consumers and understanding the difference between shopping and buying—the biggest change to emerge today.

“We are almost always in a three to five year mindset. People get really excited about what is happening right now, and that is a common mistake that people make. They don’t realize that we may be burned out on some of these trends in three years,” Kelley, a founding partner and principal at Shook Kelley, tells GlobeSt.com. “We have to make a property that is more on trend and less on fad, and we have to look at the way that people are going to be living in the next 10 years.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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