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May
29
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Open-Air Centers Have Changed: Take a Look at What’s Coming out of the Ground Now

Today’s ground-up open-air projects differ from those of earlier eras. The changes — including ramping up outparcel tenants, focusing less on big-box anchors and adding spacious lawns, plazas and patios — offer a glimpse into the
  • Kenneth Katz
  • ICSC
  • Commerce+Communities Today
Aug
30
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5Qs for broker Kenneth Katz on Houston, the nation’s retail build leader

With residential construction on the rise, as well, Katz figures the Clutch City to be a retail destination for years to come. Houston is hot! Well, temperature-wise, of course. But it’s been America’s most torrid retail
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
  • market trends
  • Houston
  • Chain Store Age
Apr
03
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Why retailers are embracing fixed CAM costs

It’s been an eventful few years for the retail industry, to put it lightly. While our industry is changing in visible ways in response to post-pandemic pressures and opportunities, there are some lesser reported, but increasingly
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Chain Store Age
  • Fixed CAM
Mar
09
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The Fixed is In

The growing appeal and prevalence of fixed CAM. At a time when so much of the retail industry is changing in very visible and sometimes dramatic ways in response to post-pandemic pressures and opportunities, one of
  • Kenneth Katz
Jan
17
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Inflation Deflation

Inflationary pressures are altering the retail development landscape It is not exactly breaking news to point out that inflation was one of the biggest economic storylines of 2022. At one point over the summer, the 12-month
  • Kenneth Katz
  • market trends
Apr
13
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Retail Done Right: Meeting the Demands of Pandemic-Induced Population Migration

The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the commercial real estate landscape, and retail has been no exception. Over the past two years, Americans have flocked to rural and suburban communities on the outskirts of major cities, seeking
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Brenham
  • REBusiness Online
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Burke's
  • Marshalls
  • Petsmart
Feb
15
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New shopping center preparing for openings

Some of the stores in the Brenham Crossing shopping center in Brenham are preparing to welcome customers while one has already opened its doors. “Everything has gone really well and we have gotten very fortunate with
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Brenham
  • Brenham Crossing
  • The Banner Press
Oct
15
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Houston mall reverses fortune with focus on Hispanic community and local shops and services

By Steve McLinden, Contributor | Commerce + Communities TodayOctober 15, 2021 The first fully air conditioned mall in Houston has a new kind of cool. The 60-year-old PlazAmericas, one of the city’s first fortress malls is
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
  • PlazAmericas
  • Commerce+Communities Today
Oct
14
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Brenham Shopping Center Project Continues on Schedule

By Josh Blaschke Construction at the site of the Baker Katz shopping center in Brenham is proceeding on schedule. Baker Katz co-founder Kenneth Katz said work is progressing nicely at the development, located on 35 acres
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Brenham
  • KWHI
May
20
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Retail wrap: Burkes Outlet, State Far Kitchen & Bar, Dave’s Hot Chicken ink new locations

Florida-based PopStroke Entertainment Group will open a Tiger Woods-designed golf entertainment facility on 3.2 acres in Katy Grand, a project of NewQuest Properties at Interstate 10 and the Grand Parkway. The venue will include two 18-hole
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
  • Foodarama
May
15
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How H-E-B, other Houston retailers are responding to new CDC mask guidance

Not much has changed – yet – on the mask front for retailers, many of which were re-evaluating their mask policies on Friday, a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines.
  • Kenneth Katz
  • PlazAmericas
  • COVID-19
May
05
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Baker Katz purchases Foodarama building

The Foodarama at 18th Street and Ella Boulevard, part of a locally owned, privately held Texas-based company with 10 grocery stores throughout Houston and the surrounding areas, has long been a go-to for necessities. Now, the
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Heights
  • Foodarama
  • The Leader News
Mar
23
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Houston traffic is back, and that’s a good sign for the economy

(Cover Photo: Carl Carlock, left, goes through the order line at Cleburne Cafeteria on Thursday, March 18, 2021 in Houston. The Restaurant has seen an increase in business by about 20 percent over the last month.)
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Restaurants
  • Post-Pandemic Market
Mar
11
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Retail wrap: Charming Charlie is making a comeback

Charming Charlie, a women’s apparel and fashion accessories chain retailer, announced plans to open 14 locations in March and April in Texas, California, New York and the Midwest. The openings include stores to open March 12
  • Neal Wade
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Brenham
Mar
11
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Baker Katz Breaks Ground on 163,518 SF Retail Project in Brenham, Texas

BRENHAM, TEXAS — Houston-based development and leasing firm Baker Katz has broken ground on Brenham Crossing, a 163,518-square-foot retail project in Brenham, located about 75 miles northwest of Houston. Baker Katz is developing the property, which
  • Neal Wade
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Brenham
  • Brenham Crossing
Mar
09
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Baker Katz Breaks Ground on 50-Acre Retail Development in Brenham, Texas

Brenham, Texas — Baker Katz has broken ground on Brenham Crossing, a 50-acre retail development located at the southwest corners of Highway 290 and Chappell Hill Road in Brenham. Five retailers are sset to open within
  • Shopping Center Business
  • Neal Wade
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Brenham
  • Brenham Crossing
Mar
09
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Upcoming Brenham Crossing retail development officially breaks ground

Baker Katz, a full-service commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in retail tenant representation, investment sales, project development and leasing, partnered with the City of Brenham to host a groundbreaking ceremony today to celebrate the construction
  • Neal Wade
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Brenham
  • Brenham Crossing
Mar
08
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Groundbreaking Held For Shopping Center Project, First Wave of Retailers Announced

A milestone years in the making was accomplished today (Monday) for the Baker Katz shopping center project in Brenham. Representatives from the City of Brenham and Washington County met this morning with Baker Katz and Arch-Con
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
  • Brenham
May
04
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Major Houston-area malls will reopen today

PlazAmericas, Houston Premium Outlets, Katy Mills and Galleria are ready for patrons Nine Houston-area malls are planning to reopen in early May after being closed for more than a month to slow the spread of the
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Kenneth Katz
  • PlazAmericas
  • Houston Malls
  • PressReader
Oct
18
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Brenham Shopping Center Developers Say Project Progressing Nicely

Heads of the new shopping center project in Brenham say development is coming along well. The Houston-based developer Baker Katz is currently developing 35 acres of land at the Highway 290 – Chappell Hill Street intersection,
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Brenham
Sep
26
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Shopping Center Developers say talks with Retailers going well

Developers of a new shopping center here say they are receiving positive responses from major retailers about opening stores there. Kenneth Katz of Houston-based developer Baker Katz said the company is “actively negotiating with a number
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
  • Banner-Press
  • Brenham
May
10
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A Closer Look at What Retail’s Future Might Have in Store

GlobeSt.com catches up with Baker Katz executives on the popularity of utilizing geofencing to assist retailers with site selection and for shopping center awareness among other things in preparation for the upcoming ICSC RECon conference later
  • Jason Baker
  • Globe St.
  • Kenneth Katz
Apr
22
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Experts Talk RECon; New Emerging Concepts and Power Centers

The 2018 edition of ICSC’s colossal RECon convention is gearing up and GlobeSt.com chats with a few expert sources on their expectations and predictions for the show. “At neighborhood strip malls and power centers, big box
  • Globe St.
  • Kenneth Katz
Dec
29
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Food, Beverage Users Drive Retail Markets

From first-to-market concepts to established chains, eateries and bars are propelling retail absorption in each of Texas’ major markets, say retail brokers. Over the past couple years, retail investors and developers have begun paying special attention
  • Jason Baker
  • Texas Real Estate Business
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Restaurants
Dec
25
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Sharpstown moves toward change

Margaret Mitchell has lived in Sharpstown for nearly her whole life, watching in dismay as stores closed in the neighborhood’s main shopping center and the property slid into disrepair, despite efforts by owners to make the
  • Jason Baker
  • Neal Wade
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
  • Sharpstown
Dec
21
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Baker Katz Purchases 850,000 SF Shopping Mall in Houston

HOUSTON — Houston-based retail firm Baker Katz has purchased PlazAmericas Mall, an 850,000-square-foot shopping destination in Houston. Formerly known as Sharpstown Mall, the property was built in 1961 and has undergone several renovations over the years.
  • Jason Baker
  • Neal Wade
  • RE Business Online
  • Kenneth Katz
  • PlazAmericas
  • Sharpstown
  • Development deasl
Dec
21
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10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (Dec 21, 2018)

Analysts worry the high amount of investment in self-storage properties may have outpaced demand for self-storage space, reports the Wall Street Journal. Forbes offers a 2019 real estate investment preview. These are among today’s must reads
  • development deals
  • Jason Baker
  • Neal Wade
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Mall
  • PlazAmericas
  • Sharpstown
Dec
21
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PlazAmericas Mall has a new owner, for the most part

Nancy Sarnoff reports in the Chronicle that the former Sharpstown Center, more recently known as PlazAmericas has been soldto Houston commercial real estate firm Baker Katz. Well, most of it has: The purchase, she writes “does not include any of
  • development deals
  • Jason Baker
  • Neal Wade
  • Kenneth Katz
  • PlazAmericas
  • Sharpstown
  • Houston landscape
  • swamplot
Dec
21
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Houston real estate developers acquire former Sharpstown mall

PlazAmericas, the former Sharpstown shopping center that has struggled to find its footing as regional malls have fallen out of shoppers’ favor, has a new owner that wants to turn around the property while maintaining the
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
  • Mall
  • PlazAmericas
  • Sharpstown
Dec
21
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Houston real estate firm buys former Sharpstown Mall

Houston’s oldest enclosed mall has a new owner. Houston-based commercial real estate firm Baker Katz bought PlazAmericas Mall, formerly known as Sharpstown Mall and Sharpstown Center, from Philadelphia-based RAIT Financial Trust (OTCQB: RASF), according to a
  • Houston Business Journal
  • Jason Baker
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
  • Mall
  • PlazAmericas
  • Sharpstown
Sep
14
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One Year After Hurricane Harvey

Houston developers wrestle with complex regulatory issues in the 100- and 500-year floodplains. By Kenneth Katz & Neal Wade of Baker Katz The Houston metropolitan area was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Harvey, with a tropical
  • Texas Real Estate Business
  • Neal Wade
  • Kenneth Katz
Sep
01
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How To Weather Hurricane Season

As the industry goes into a new hurricane season, retail property owners and tenants have had nearly a year to evaluate their responses to last year’s trio of hurricanes, which caused a record $202 billion in
  • Shopping Centers Today
  • Kenneth Katz
  • retail
  • Hurricanes
Jan
30
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A Retail Recalibration Throughout Houston

For retail tenants and developers alike, Houston’s Space City moniker could easily be interpreted as a kind of tongue-in-cheek double meaning, mainly because space is one thing Houston always has plenty of. Commercial developers have taken
  • Jason Baker
  • RE Business Online
  • Kenneth Katz
  • market trends
  • Momentum Indoor Climbing
Jan
22
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Amazon Opens Prototype 1,800 SF Checkout-Free Grocery Store in Seattle

SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) has opened the first location of Amazon Go, an 1,800-square-foot mini grocery store in Seattle that allows customers to shop without waiting in checkout lines. The store was open exclusively
  • RE Business Online
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Grocery
  • Amazon
Dec
29
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Here are the Houston-area stores HEB plans to open in 2018

It’s been a year of growth for San Antonio-based H-E-B Grocery Co. in Houston, and 2018 will be no different. In 2017, the company opened two locations and a Joe V’s concept in the greater Houston
  • Houston Business Journal
  • Kenneth Katz
  • market trends
  • HEB
Nov
10
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Exclusive: New Washington Ave. redevelopment to include co-working space

A little over a year ago, two Houston-area developers scooped up an historic property on Washington Avenue with plans to renovate. Though the property’s vacant space hasn’t been leased yet, more details on the developers’ plans
  • Jason Baker
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
  • Washington Ave
Aug
30
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Digital Distraction: E-Commerce Myths & Realities

As the line between click-and-order and brick-and-mortar continues to blur, our preoccupation with the impact of online retail misses the point, an industry veteran contends. The narrative is so well established that even those outside the
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Commercial Property Executive
May
26
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Total Wine flexes muscle in Houston’s spirited spirits battle

By Andrea Rumbaugh Total Wine & More is taking over two Houston-area Goody Goody liquor stores as the Maryland-based company continues its aggressive growth and goes head-to-head with local stalwart Spec’s. Goody Goody spokesman Armando Gonzalez
  • property acquisitions
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Kenneth Katz
Feb
13
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Houston Developers: Not All Adaptive Reuse Projects Created Equal

Adaptive reuse, or the restoration of a historic property into usable real estate, has grown in popularity among Houston developers looking for space in an increasingly dense inner Loop. But not all of these projects are
  • Houston Business Journal
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
Nov
04
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Here’s where Houston stands as a national retail market

The closure, bankruptcy or downsizing of several national, big box retailers has driven home the importance of retailers maintaining strong online and brick-and-mortar presences. And a recent report from FTI Consulting attempts to identify the overall
  • Houston Business Journal
  • Kenneth Katz
Jul
13
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Houston retail real estate remains hot despite regional chill

Retailers continue to expand in metro Houston, despite economic headwinds from the oil bust. Two years of a prolonged dip in energy prices have caused some areas of weakness in housing and auto sales, but retailers
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Kenneth Katz
Jul
12
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Sales Tax Income Indicates Draw Of Lake Jackson Retail

LAKE JACKSON, TX—Sales tax income in Lake Jackson represents a population of more than 70,000, indicating the draw of retail shopping from the area. An example of that retail draw is the recent lease by ALDI,
  • Globe St.
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Lake Jackson
Mar
25
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National retailers bet on east Houston

Throughout the energy slump, retail’s remained relatively hardy. There’s still heaps of activity going on throughout Houston — take the national anchor tenant that just signed on to a 40-acre Cinco Ranch retail project or the Grand
  • Houston Business Journal
  • Jason Baker
  • Kenneth Katz
Mar
07
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High-Traffic Ship Channel Site Is Fully Leased

HOUSTON—Baker Katz acquired a property last year with plans to revamp the property into a multi-tenant destination. The property is located at the intersection of I-10 East and Haden Road in a highly trafficked business and
  • Globe St.
  • Kenneth Katz
Feb
05
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High Traffic Intersection Gets Custom-Built Retail

HOUSTON—Advance Auto Parts is soon to be located at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 1960 and Aldine Westfield Road. A 30,000-square-foot land parcel has been purchased along with a 7,000-square-foot lease put in place
  • Jason Baker
  • Globe St.
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Advance Auto Parts
  • Traci Holman
Dec
16
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Baker Katz Sells Northeast Houston Property

HOUSTON—Houston-based Baker Katz, an X Team International partner, has sold a 2.12-acre property with an existing 13,000-square-foot office building located near the cross streets of U.S. Highway 59 N and West Little York Road in Houston. Baker Katz
  • Neal Wade
  • Globe St.
  • Kenneth Katz
  • X Team International
Nov
25
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Baker Katz Completes Port Arthur Center

Houston-based Baker Katz has completed its 90,000-square-foot multi-tenant center in Port Arthur, with the opening of a 13,000-square-foot PetSmart. “We are proud to re-introduce this formerly vacant property to Port Arthur residents,” Kenneth Katz told GlobeSt.com.
  • Globe St.
  • Kenneth Katz
Nov
25
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Kenneth Katz: Holiday Shopping Season Predictions

Last year, the average shopper dropped $802.45 during the holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s supposed to rise this year, and Baker Katz founder Kenneth Katz expects Houston sales increases to beat the national
  • Kenneth Katz
  • BisNow
  • Bike Barn
Nov
20
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Deal of the Week: Turnaround in Tomball

Several new tenants have brought the Four Corners Shopping Center to 90 percent occupancy, the latest indication that a $10 million overhaul of the center at a major intersection in Tomball is drawing tenants. Houston-based real
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Kenneth Katz
Jun
08
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June Issue: Energy–Fuel Gauge

During the past few years, the United States has leapfrogged into the top spot among the world’s oil and gas producers. The driving force has been the expansion of hydraulic fracturing technology, which has generated new
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Commercial Property Executive
Jun
01
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Baker Katz adding to east Houston retail portfolio

Houston retail firm Baker Katz has made another eastside acquisition with the purchase of Federal East Shopping Center 9 miles east of downtown. “This highly visible property has been underutilized and is well-suited for redevelopment,” the company’s
  • Neal Wade
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Kenneth Katz
May
22
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Insiders Share Coast-to-Coast Insights

A visitor to RECon this week could tour real estate markets around the country without ever setting foot outside the Las Vegas Convention Center. Amid the customary whirl of dealmaking, educational sessions and social events, some
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Commercial Property Executive
May
11
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Ethnic centers: Latino lessons

Hispanic incomes are soaring, leading more developers and retailers to target the burgeoning ethnic group. Arturo Sneider, co-founding partner and CEO of Los Angeles–based Primestor Development, recalls a time when shopping centers that focused on Latinos
  • Shopping Centers Today
  • Kenneth Katz
Apr
17
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Munici-Pals

Working with municipalities to seal retail deals is a win-win for many retailers and cities. By X Team International Partners David Larson and Kenneth Katz   The ability to work closely and collaboratively with cities and
  • Shopping Center Business
  • Kenneth Katz
  • X-Team
Apr
03
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Deal of the Week: Retail center to replace Baytown Seafood

Houston-based Baker Katz has acquired the Baytown Seafood restaurant in east Houston and plans to replace it with a new shopping center. “It’s a site that we have had our eye on for years,” said Kenneth
  • Neal Wade
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Kenneth Katz
Aug
14
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INFILLING STATION

Houston’s ongoing retail development evolution is evident in new leasing trends and patterns of urban infill The story of Houston, Texas has added some exciting new chapters in recent years. With low unemployment, a booming economy and one
  • Jason Baker
  • Kenneth Katz
  • market trends
  • Chain Store Age
  • Houston landscape
Aug
08
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American Melting Pot

Houston’s Hispanic population is at the heart of the city’s retail evolution. The second of a three part series. A city with a booming population, one of the nation’s lowest unemployment figures, and an expanding presence
  • Jason Baker
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Chain Store Age
  • diversity
Jul
24
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Houston’s Mission: Control

Retail development amidst the ongoing emergence of an iconic national city The first of a three-part exclusive series To the extent that it can be said about the nation’s fourth most populous city, Houston has been
  • Jason Baker
  • Kenneth Katz
  • market trends
  • Grocery
  • Chain Store Age
May
24
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Slicing the Retail Pie

The retail real estate industry has new decision-making tools, but harder choices By Kenneth Katz and Jeff Green Back in January, we looked at the role big data is playing in providing retailers with more tools
  • Shopping Center Business
  • Kenneth Katz
  • industry tools