Bridging the Gap between Online and Physical Retail: Warby Parker

They started online, selling high-end glasses for a fraction of the cost at a traditional eyeglass store. Buyers could even pick five frames to be shipped – free of charge – to try on and send back. The ones that they didn’t want, they returned. The ones they wanted to buy, they kept. It was a pretty smart idea to fill a gap in the e-commerce market. For three years, they were an internet sensation. […]

Trending Fitness Concepts Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

From indoor climbing gyms to ping-pong clubs and ballet studios, there has been a big push for unique “fitness concepts” in recent years in vacant shopping centers and malls. We expect this trend to continue into 2018 and beyond with a variety of new fitness concept trends coming to a neighborhood near you.   Charlotte Country Club, Fitness Center, and Resort In-One In Charlotte, unique fitness concepts are taking over the city. One fitness concept […]

Retail Roundup: Arooga’s Sports Bar Plans Second LI Location

Nassau County is getting another place for games and grub. Joe Alagna plans to open the second Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar franchise on Long Island — this time in Rockville Centre, said Gary Huether, co-founder and president of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based chain. Alagna also owns the first Arooga’s on Long Island, which opened in 2016 in Patchogue. Arooga’s is taking over the space that Cannon’s Blackthorn, an Irish pub, occupied before closing in March. While no opening […]

Will Small Format Retail Be the Next Big Thing?

Small format stores may not be the next “big thing,” as much as they are a natural step in retail’s revolution, given you understand the role physical retail will play in the future. Mega-retailers like Macy’s, WalMart, Whole Foods, Best Buy, Nordstrom, Kohl’s and Target are among the few making headlines for their downsizing efforts. A lot of these smaller format retailers are downsized by over half the size of their traditional store formats, and […]

These International Retailers Are Looking to the U.S.

International retailers are drooling over the opportunity in American retail. We’ve seen many fast-casual chains and grocery stores make headlines for making their way across the pond, and now retailers are following suit. Here are three retailers we’re betting are bound for disruption.   KidZania Self-described as an “experimental learning center” the retailer is “capitalizing on the global trend of educational entertainment, KidZania will establish new ventures in Dallas and Chicago, building on an existing […]

Staying Relevant: How Retail is Keeping Brick and Mortar in the Game

It’s hard to turn on the news or read an article without seeing a headline about how grim things are for the retail industry right now. Thanks to online shopping and eCommerce giants, such as Amazon, retail sales are down and terms like “retail apocalypse” are being thrown about. But is the future of brick and mortar retail doomed? Are shopping malls really a thing of the past? We don’t think so — at least […]

Amazon Isn’t Just Online: 3 Ways It’s Impacting Physical CRE

It’s no secret that Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer. And, as such, the online behemoth has significantly and forever impacted the ways that we, as consumers, buy and sell goods throughout the United States. Their massive success has driven many retailers into a panicked frenzy, trying to come up with some way to keep up with or even compete with Amazon. However, most retailers have resorted to adopting a similar (if not smaller […]

5 Reasons Why Pop-Ups are Super Trendy Right Now

“Here today, gone tomorrow”… this expression typically elicits feelings of nostalgia and a bit of sadness. However, when talking about the exciting new(ish) trend of pop-up shops, the expression generates buzz and excitement. For up and coming brands, in particular, setting up shop for a shorter period of time, rather than committing to a traditional, long term lease is an excellent wait to build brand awareness and acquire new customers. While pop-up stores have been […]