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chi-AESOP-US-STORE-BUCKTOWN-01 (3) Aesop’s first Chicago location in Bucktown, uses thousands of reclaimed bricks to reflect the neighborhood’s history.

CHICAGO—The recent bankruptcy of Sears, one of America’s most iconic retailers, has focused yet more attention on the troubled sector. And no one doubts that the rise of e-commerce has altered how people shop, and will continue shaking brick-and-mortar retailers for the foreseeable future. At the same time, however, many in the commercial real estate sector also see opportunities coming into focus as the reconstruction of the sector continues.

“I am a lot more optimistic than I was 12 months ago,” Anthony Campagni of A▪R▪C Real Estate Group, tells GlobeSt.com. “This is more of a retail evolution than a retail apocalypse. The fear that retail will be destroyed seems to be past us.”

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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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