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CHICAGO—The “death of retail” has now been announced many, many times, but its demise never seems to happen. There is certainly a lot of turmoil, largely due to the competition provided by e-commerce, but investors remain quite interested in many portions of the sector, especially for single-tenant and small multi-tenant commercial properties. In fact, cap rates for these categories have been stable throughout 2016 and 2017, according to a new national report from Chicago-based Quantum Real Estate Advisors.

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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