There continue to be many widespread impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, and one we’ve been talking about a lot lately both here on the SiteSeer blog and with our clients is population migration.
If you’ve followed the SiteSeer blog for any amount of time, you know that at SiteSeer, we believe in blending art with science when making market and site decisions. A retailer or other business simply cannot expect that they’ll have wild success by throwing a dart at a map to choose their next location, nor can they pick locations based solely on what their forecasting models and site selection software tell them will be winners.
With COVID-19 shaking up the brick-and-mortar world, many expect that shopping center owners will having many vacancies on their hands in the months and years to come. For those whose job it is to fill those vacancies, wading through struggling and bankrupt chains to find businesses that are still seeking expansion opportunities will be a challenge.
If you’ve been following along, you know that during the months of April and May, SiteSeer was reporting weekly unemployment claims as a percentage in major metropolitan and micropolitan areas across the country. (Read our updates from 4/29, and for the weeks ended 4/27, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, and our 6/26 update).
Coronavirus has changed the way we live, work, shop and interact—and most of us are wondering how life will ever return to normal.
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).
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.
Attention retailers/restaurateurs/operators and executives of other chain businesses: have you ever received an email like this before:
Throughout our many years in retail real estate research, we’ve heard businesses of all types simplify the assessment of their business’s trade area. So often, we hear economic developers and retailers describe their trade area as a certain-mile radius around a site, but in reality, there are many different ways to delineate a trade area.