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Retail Property Investors Still Looking to Acquire Assets

Retail investors remain in a buying mode, as they focus on finding assets that can meet the changing needs of today’s consumers and produce desirable returns. Real Capital Markets’ (RCM) “May 2018 Retail Investor Sentiment Report” found the most attractive property type was anchored centers, particularly those with strong grocery operations.

RCM’s Steve Shanahan says, “Retail may be the most diverse and bifurcated of all commercial real estate asset classes. Certain subsets of retail perform well, are in great demand and push the market in terms of price and value. Others have issues, and are part of what is leading investors to consider other options, such as exploring other asset types.

While big box vacancies and high-profile store closures are adversely affecting parts of the industry, investors surveyed noted optimism in other retail segments. Owners embracing new models—experiential focused or some mixed-use elements—are likely best-positioned to succeed.

The report explored how experiential retail is the wave of the future, how Class A malls and grocery-anchored centers are performing well and are in great demand, how big box vacancy is now viewed as the greatest threat to those investing, and the trend toward investors considering alternative CRE investments to retail.


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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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