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chi-Whole-Foods-Lakeview-flagship-by-Novak-Construction-for-sale (4) Grocery-anchored centers continue to perform well and expand. This Whole Foods in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood made up a significant percentage of the city’s new construction in 2017.

CHICAGO—The US economy has been steadily rising for years, but even as many sectors make great progress, brick-and-mortar retail seems like an exception. Consumer confidence hit a 17-year high in November and most experts believe it will remain at a high level in 2018. Overall retail sales increased in 2017, and indicators point to a successful holiday shopping season. But the rise of e-commerce has introduced a new sales channel that helps undercuts many traditional stores.

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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