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Part Five of a Five-Part Series.
As Mark Twain quipped, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." So too is the reported retail "apocalypse" and "death" of the shopping center. In fact, U.S. retailers opened 1,326 more locations in 2017 than they closed. When restaurants are added to the mix, there were a total of 4,080 new openings in 2017 and another 5,050 openings planned this year.
The retail industry has faced significant challenges this past year. In 2017, more than 5,000 retail stores closed their doors, many of them portfolio-wide closures by well-known department-store chains that were synonymous with the traditional shopping mall. Toys R Us recently joined a growing list of more than 35 retailers that filed for bankruptcy in 2017, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. Even more unsettling, Bankruptcydata.com reports that the Toys R Us bankruptcy is the third largest retail bankruptcy of all time.
By Mark Morfopoulos
Restricting a tenant’s right to transfer the property it is leasing to a third party is a key component to any lease. Many lenders require landlords to obtain lender consent before the transfer is effective. Failure to obtain such consent could lead to a landlord’s default under the terms and conditions of the loan documents, so it is imperative for a landlord to review its loan documents each time it receives a request from a tenant to transfer its interest under the lease.
By Natalie Dolce
Welcome to the evolving world of retail — a world that is geared toward changing the way people engage in retail and retail destinations feature a blend of entertainment, experiences and services.
By Jonathan B. King
The growing interest in alternative fuel sources may be a boon for property owners seeking new ways to generate profits and savings. But care should be taken when a roof is the proposed site of a solar-panel installation, whether managed by a property owner or by a lessee.
Option to Buy Is Exercised, and ‘Tenant’ Is No Longer a Tenant