LAS VEGAS—At last week's ICSC Las Vegas event, Amanda Metcalf, the editor-in-chief of Commerce + Communities Today, moderated a panel discussion, where one of the topics of the day revolved around the question: What are landlords looking for when it comes to selecting tenants?

Emily Durham, the Senior Vice President of Food & Beverage Advisory at JLL, said that with a wealth of experience in the field, Emily emphasized the paramount importance of stability for landlords. They sought credit tenants, franchises, and particularly multi-unit franchisees. It was an ongoing conversation between landlords and tenants, often marked by divergent interests. Emily emphasized the necessity of finding common ground, urging both parties to meet in the middle for a successful partnership to flourish.

Kwame Brathwaite, the Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development at Kitchen United, took the floor next. He shed light on an intriguing aspect of landlords' desires — an inclination towards experiential offerings for their tenants. Landlords, in their quest to entice people back into office spaces, aimed to provide an enticing array of choices and variety. They sought tenant concepts that could bring a touch of excitement and convenience to their properties, ensuring tenants need not venture outside the premises for their desires to be fulfilled.

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Natalie Dolce

Natalie Dolce, editor-in-chief of GlobeSt.com and GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum, is responsible for working with editorial staff, freelancers and senior management to help plan the overarching vision that encompasses GlobeSt.com, 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 GlobeSt.com 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 GlobeSt.com. 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, FashionLedge.com, and Co-Ed magazine. Dolce has also freelanced for a number of publications, including MSNBC.com and Museums New York magazine.