LAS VEGAS—Dubbed as “the Super Bowl for retail professionals” by Chris Simmons, managing director of retail services at Transwestern, ICSC Las Vegas gathers industry experts and enthusiasts to explore emerging trends and discuss the future of the retail space. As one of the esteemed attendees, Simmons spoke to us about valuable insights into the evolving landscape.

Reflecting on the impact of the pandemic, Simmons points out the noticeable trend of urban flight, particularly in northern states. He highlights that office occupancy issues in central business districts (CBDs), coupled with escalating costs and mounting safety concerns in some metropolitan areas, have contributed to this shift. With keen interest, he looks forward to exploring the business strategies of various retailers, including quick-service restaurants (QSRs) and major general merchandisers.

Natalie Dolce

Natalie Dolce, editor-in-chief of and GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum, is responsible for working with editorial staff, freelancers and senior management to help plan the overarching vision that encompasses, including short-term and long-term goals for the website, how content integrates through the company’s other product lines and the overall quality of content. Previously she served as national executive editor and editor of the West Coast region for and Real Estate Forum, and was responsible for coverage of news and information pertaining to that vital real estate region. Prior to moving out to the Southern California office, she was Northeast bureau chief, covering New York City for Her background includes a stint at InStyle Magazine, and as managing editor with New York Press, an alternative weekly New York City paper. In her career, she has also covered a variety of beats for M magazine, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel,, and Co-Ed magazine. Dolce has also freelanced for a number of publications, including and Museums New York magazine.

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