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How to keep warm during the retail ice age

October 18, 2017
The Grand Rapids Business Journal recently published a very informative article by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. The article discusses a rise in big-box retail brick-and-mortar store closings, including “Sears (265 stores closed this year), JCPenney (138 stores) and Macy’s (100 stores)” — and the list continues to grow. While this signals financial challenges for those retailers and landlords, it may also create opportunity for those landlords or investors who are able to purchase these properties as vacant, value-add assets. Read More

State’s retail sales get a late summer boost

October 6, 2017
Michigan retailers reported a slight uptick in sales activity for August over a month ago. Read More

Is West Michigan in danger of retail ice age?

Mighty mastodons once dominated the North American landscape. Read More

Michigan retail sales up, bucking national trend

July 28, 2017
Michigan retailers are on a roll, with June marking the fourth straight month of positive year-over-year sales, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Retail is doing what it does: entering a new cycle

July 21, 2017
A spate of retail closures all over West Michigan has left gaping holes of empty space where active storefronts once thrived. Read More

Majority of retailers expect spring sales increases

March 31, 2017
More than three of every four Michigan retailers (76 percent) expect to increase their spring sales over last year, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Letter: Lack of parking limits retail space

March 3, 2017
It is true that each parking space in front of a retail store is worth about $600,000 in retail sales. Read More

Retailers post sales gains for fifth consecutive month

July 29, 2016
Michigan retail sales slowed in June from their strong spring showing but remained positive for the fifth consecutive month, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Monthly retail sales solid for four months running

July 1, 2016
Overall Michigan retail sales remained strong in May, the fourth consecutive month of positive performance, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of the Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Warm weather helped cool retailers’ holiday sales

January 29, 2016
Heat Miser appeared to get the upper hand, as unseasonably warm weather helped push Michigan retailers’ holiday sales below forecasts. Read More