Sam Lowder

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Retail and Coronavirus: Observations and Planning Ahead

Posted by Sam Lowder on Mar 27, 2020 5:45:00 AM

It’s an interesting time to be alive, that’s for certain!

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Topics: Improving Store Locations, Retail Industry, Retail Site Selection, Site Selection Software

The 15 Fastest-Growing Large “Micropolitan” Areas in the U.S. ('19)

Posted by Sam Lowder on Mar 17, 2020 5:30:00 AM

Population growth is often a factor that service businesses and retailers look for when choosing locations. And while many are drawn to the large cities, smaller cities can offer just as much potential. That’s why in late 2017, we shared the top 16 fast-growing large micropolitan areas in the United States. And over two years later, it’s time for an update.

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Topics: Data Study, Retail Recruitment, Population Study, Demographic Data, Communities Industry

What’s Going on with Natural Organic Grocery Chains?

Posted by Sam Lowder on Feb 25, 2020 5:00:00 AM

If you’re at all connected to the grocery business, you’ve probably seen the headlines about natural and organic grocery chains closing their stores:

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Topics: Retail Industry, Retail Site Selection, Site Selection Software, Restaurant Site Selection

Expanding Your Retail Chain When Changing Format Types

Posted by Sam Lowder on Feb 13, 2020 4:00:00 PM

There are times that it makes good sense for a chain business to expand, and there are times it makes sense for that chain business to expand in a different way than they have in the past (to better reach customers).

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Topics: Retail Data Analysis, Smart Retail Growth, Retail Industry, Customer Analysis

What Chain Retailers Grew/Shrunk in 2019?

Posted by Sam Lowder on Jan 30, 2020 4:23:36 PM

It’s that time of year when those of us in the business of retail real estate research are looking backward at the year prior. What retail categories grew? Which ones shrank? SiteSeer’s data partner, ChainXY, provides insights into over 4,500 chains in the United States and Canada. We dug into their three broad areas (retail, restaurant and services) to collect a snapshot of how chains that existed on January 1, 2019, grew or shrunk over the year.

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Topics: Retail Data Analysis, Data Study, Data Partner, Retail Industry

How to Study Your Competition During Your Site Selection Process

Posted by Sam Lowder on Jan 29, 2020 3:49:31 PM
Step #3 in our Site Selection Checklist for making smart site selection decisions is study your competition.

Too often, we see companies do lots of homework on their customers and trade area and launch right into an expansion plan. Understanding your customer is indeed vital to your success as you grow. But there’s another side of the equation that is extremely important: understanding who you’re going up against.

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Topics: Market Research, Retail Industry, Retail Site Selection, Site Selection Software, Restaurant Industry, Restaurant Site Selection, Competitive Analysis

A Look at Retail’s Renaissance in 2019, Per IHL Group

Posted by Sam Lowder on Jan 14, 2020 10:14:00 AM

There are two scary words that nobody in the retail industry likes to hear: retail apocalypse.

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Topics: Smart Retail Growth, Retail Apocalypse, Data Study, Bricks and Mortar Retail, Retail Industry, Retail Site Selection

How Psychographic Data Can Enhance Site Selection

Posted by Sam Lowder on Jan 10, 2020 2:15:00 PM

When you use a tool like SiteSeer, there are all kinds of different data types that can power the platform:

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Topics: Data Partner, Site Selection Software, Analyzing Retail Sites, Data Quality

Five Things You Need to Know About Data Providers

Posted by Sam Lowder on Dec 23, 2019 5:15:00 AM

Attention retailers/restaurateurs/operators and executives of other chain businesses: have you ever received an email like this before:

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Topics: Retail Data Analysis, Market Data, Retail Industry, Restaurant Industry, Data Quality

Matching Sites to Retailers: Meet SiteSeer’s Retail Match

Posted by Sam Lowder on Dec 12, 2019 3:11:55 PM

When you’re in the business of leasing space or developing shopping centers, there’s one issue that probably matters to you more than just about any other: how can you find the best tenants to fill your space?

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Topics: Void Analysis, Retail Industry, Landlord Rep Brokers & Owners Industry, Tenant Rep Brokers & Developers Industry, Analyzing Retail Sites, Retail Match