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(Updated April 2016)

Retail property is under stress, with empty stores, little growth and customers who prefer to shop online. Find out current trends, forecasts, and what is happening in retail leasing and investing. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist)

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Retail Pr​operty Trends

There really are too many stores. Just ask the retailers, (The Washington Post, Apr. 15, 2016).

Retail continues sluggish growth, (Commercial Property Executive, Apr. 7, 2016).

Retail rents could increase by 4.0 percent in 2016, (National Real Estate Investor, Apr. 4, 2016).

Danger signs at the mall? More empty storefronts, (CNBC, Jan. 27, 2016).

11 predictions for the future of retail in 2016, (Retail Dive, Jan. 7, 2016).

Shrinking shopping malls get reimagined, (REALTOR® Magazine Daily Real Estate News, Dec. 1, 2015).

Retail Market ​Reviews

The Future of the Shopping Center Industry, (International Council of Shopping Centers, n.d.). 

Big spenders, (Shopping Centers Today, Apr. 1, 2016). E

Retail Forecast 2016, (Chain Store Age, Jan. 4, 2016). 

Doubling down on the rebirth of the American shopping mall, (CNBC, June 7, 2015).

Leasing Tips & Trends

How the mall is evolving, (Philadelphia Inquirer, Apr. 4, 2016).

Mall owners find silver lining in retailer busts, (The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 19, 2015). 

A case of caution: the effect of redevelopment on existing mall leases, (Retail Law Advisor, Aug. 26, 2015). 

Weapon of mass destruction: The co-tenancy, (Indigo Centers, July 20, 2015). 

Retail leases; getting started, (Real Estate Weekly, May 7, 2015). 

Single tenant net lease retail: what’s the hype?, (Journal of Property Management, Jan. 1, 2015). E

Investment ​Tips & Trends

U.S. Retail Investment Forecast, (Marcus & Millichap, Feb. 8, 2016). 

Five reasons why grocery-anchored shopping centers are a smart investment, (The Center of Shopping, Jan. 15, 2016). 

Why invest in retail properties?, (Peer Realty, Dec. 8, 2015). 

Five steps to successful shopping center investing, (CBM, Mar. 4, 2015).


CCIM Institute—A Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) is a recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment real estate.

International Council of Shopping Centers—Global trade association representing the shopping center industry. The groups' membership is over 65,000 in about 80 countries.

IREM—The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), an affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®, is an association of property and asset managers who have met the strict criteria in the areas of education, experience, and ethics.

National Retail Federation—The National Retail Federation is the world's largest retail trade association, with membership compromising all retail formats and channels of distribution.

eBooks &​ Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Commercial Real Estate Investment (PDF eBook)

The Complete Guide to Financing Real Estate Developments (Adobe eBook)

The Dynamics of Property Location (Adobe eBook)

Gen BuY: How Tweens, Teens and Twenty-Somethings are Revolutionizing Retail! (Kindle, Adobe eBook)

Local and Community Driven Development (Adobe eBook)

Real Estate Development and Investment (Adobe eBook)

Sustainable Property Development (Adobe eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Services. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Annual Store Construction & Outfitting Survey, (Chain Store Age, 2013).

Annual Store Construction & Outfitting Survey, (Chain Store Age, 2011).

Is the ‘Shop Around the Corner’ a luxury or a nuisance? working paper, (University of CA Lusk Center for Real Estate, Sept. 22, 2010).

Field Guides & More

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Field Guide to Investing in Real Estate

Field Guide to Business Value

Field Guide to Site Selection

Field Guide to Commercial Property Management

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