It is an exciting time to be involved in retail real estate, especially if you are a seller or owner of such an asset. Investors are bullish on this segment of the market especially as leasing and other fundamentals show sound growth. 

This year there are a large number of retail investment opportunities coming to market, Ryan Ash, Vestar Project Director, tells spoke with Ash at the recent ICSC event held in Las Vegas.

"We have seen investors recognize best-in-class retail centers as a crucial part of their portfolio and the demand for these assets is as strong as it has ever been," he says. Leasing activity has been a crucial part of this investor pull, Ash adds, noting that its team executed a record-breaking number of leases last year across its 30 million square foot portfolio.  "This has led to record high occupancy at our centers in conjunction with our tenants experiencing record sales that exceed 2019 levels."

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