Connect Retail is our weekly column on the sector, authored by veteran CRE writer Ian Ritter.
There is plenty happening in the retail real estate world right now, and the biggest CRE conference in the world, RECon 2016, tackled many of the trends. A vice president at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Jesse Tron, conducted some superb interviews with top-level executives at the RECon show in Las Vegas this week.
David Zoba, with JLL, and an ICSC trustee, said that the booth space and traffic was very positive at the conference, and also said that there is a lot of positivity in the retail real estate industry right now.
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