January 11, 2011, 5am PST
Wal-Mart has started a major public relations effort to try to get the public behind plans to open several of its big box retail stores in New York City.
December 23, 2010, 10am PST
Big box retailers are continuing to target urban markets, and finding new ways to squeeze their large sizes into dense urban settings.
November 13, 2010, 9am PST
As chain stores move into a Brooklyn neighborhood, some locals worry about the loss of local character and small businesses.
September 23, 2010, 12pm PDT
The Save-a-Lot grocery chain has succeeded by going into urban and rural low-income areas that other chains have shied away from.
September 23, 2010, 6am PDT
Wal-Mart announced a new "urban strategy" to move into cities that have traditionally been hostile to the big box retailer. Smaller format stores will concentrate on selling groceries, which account for about half the company's sales already.
American Banking & Market News
August 25, 2010, 8am PDT
New restaurants are striving to look like (and to be) community institutions, reflecting old-style pubs, meeting halls and marketplaces.
August 4, 2010, 9am PDT
Small and mid-sized cities in Canada are taking innovative steps to revitalize their downtowns, and lure businesses and entrepreneurs back.
August 2, 2010, 6am PDT
Retail Traffic Magazine reports that the indoor mall, long declared dead, has weathered the storm of the recession better than expected -- and better than many retail concepts imagined as the next big thing.
June 27, 2010, 11am PDT
Mall operators across the country were getting requests for rent relief during the economic downturn, but in a sign of possible recovery, the requests have mostly dried up.
June 19, 2010, 1pm PDT
A local Austin developer talks about the challenges of getting the right mix of services that residents can support.
June 14, 2010, 2pm PDT
Mall operator Westfield Group says it is developing a completely virtual "mall" shopping space, and is seeking retailers to rent spaces.
June 11, 2010, 1pm PDT
Are there two many stores? Growing evidence says yes, that the retail market is unlikely to spring back and with the shift to internet spending, it's likely that we've already got more retail space than we need.
March 11, 2010, 9am PST
The small community of Tofino on Vancouver Island is looking to ban all future franchise retail establishments from moving into town.
March 11, 2010, 5am PST
Why do Main St. redevelopments get it wrong so much of the time?
March 4, 2010, 1pm PST
Foot traffic is up 3.5%, and even sales are up a little at Minnesota's megamall. Retail Traffic Magazine gleans some lessons from the Mall's success.
January 25, 2010, 7am PST
Laredo, Texas is losing its only bookstore, a B. Dalton (the chain is going out of business).
January 21, 2010, 10am PST
In Birmingham, Alabama, developers are seeing a lot of empty big box and anchor retail spaces, while smaller, neighborhood centers are actually seeing an increase in occupancy.
November 15, 2009, 3pm PST
Is there a happy medium between the run-down liquor store and
the gourmet shop?
What is the best form of Main Street retail, as people move
back to the city and re-emergent neighborhoods acquire shops and services that
were once lacking?
September 20, 2009, 5am PDT
Palm Springs officials are working to fill the windows of empty storefronts with art and movie posters in order to keep the streetscape feeling lively.
September 2, 2009, 7am PDT
Pop-up stores -- stores that fill retail space for a couple of quick months, than vanish -- were once scoffed at by retail landlords. Today, they're plugging holes in the retail economy.