In this dog-eat-dog retail world of shopping center operators and mall developers working every angle and concession to bring in new retail tenants, the last thing mall landlords need is a commercial construction general contractor who doesn’t know the rules causing headaches for everybody. And by causing headaches, I mean a GC that annoys your […]
Shopping Center Construction
Now that spring is officially here, I wanted to reflect on the Chicago retail construction trends and news we’ve seen so far in 2011. From the new commercial construction projects we know are in the pipeline, to what I heard at the recent Bisnow Chicago Retail Summit, I am cautiously optimistic. Good News/Bad News. The […]
The Keys to Making Big Box Retail Construction Projects Successfully Fit Smaller, Urban Footprints like CityTarget on State Street
With the recent Chicago commercial construction news of Target moving to State Street and Wal-Mart opening its Neighborhood Market store at Presidential Towers, it begs the question of what other big box retailers might take advantage of current commercial construction costs and available space to introduce a smaller concept store to downtown Chicago. Is this a new retail construction trend? Probably so.
hhGregg is certainly creating buzz in Chicago retail construction with a number of retail retrofit construction projects in Chicago’s suburbs, so perhaps they are a likely candidate to penetrate the city’s urban retail market.
The Chicago blizzard of 2011 is a story we’ll be talking about for generations. While most businesses, including commercial construction projects, were closed on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2011, that didn’t mean the best Chicago contractors weren’t working. After all, shopping center landlords, restaurants and retailers couldn’t afford to be closed two days in a row.
It’s time to revisit another prediction I made last year in my blog post Commercial Constructions Trends to Watch in 2010 — Outside the Big Box. According to my blog, I said in 2010 we should “Expect to see new innovation in store concepts, especially when it comes to capitalizing on vacated commercial space in […]