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#CRE Coffee Break: Q&A with Retail Prophet, Doug Stephens

  
  
  
Doug Stephens Retail Prophet

Ever wish you had a crystal ball to inform your next commercial real estate move? In our latest edition of #CRE Coffee Breaks, we do the next best thing, inviting insights from an internationally respected retail industry futurist, Doug Stephens. Doug paints a future that shakes up traditional thinking, with regard to shopping centers vs. e-commerce, innovation and consumer expectations, among others. Read on... 

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Tucson Dealmakers: CoStar announces 2014 Power Brokers

  
  
  
C&W PICOR 2014 Top Producers

Each year since its 2005 Tucson commercial real estate market entry, Costar, the leading provider of industry market intelligence, has tracked and awarded the highest-producing companies and individuals in the Tucson marketplace.

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The Changing Geography of Retail: TREND Report

  
  
  
Downtown Tucson Streetcar Retail 2014 by Kerry Stratford resized 600

A short time ago, in modern America, there were some maxims that simply applied at all times. After a solid 60 years of suburban expansion in the Automobile Age, it seemed like “retail follows rooftops” and “drive until you qualify” were principles of urban expansion and of real estate development that were immutable and everlasting. Cheap energy, our reliance upon automobiles, and our vision of the American Dream created a long-lasting and frenetic drive to suburban and exurban communities.

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Miss our Tucson Retail recap? Catch up on market news here

  
  
  
PICOR Tucson retail sales

Metro Tucson ended November with a total of 372,000 non-agriculture jobs, gaining 5,200 jobs year-over-year (YOY), an annualized job growth rate of 1.4%. Personal income rose 2.7% locally over a year earlier, while statewide retail sales were up 1.9% YOY. Tucson home prices ended 2014 with a respectable 4.6% gain in median selling price.

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How's your appetite? Food retailers hungry for Tucson retail sites

  
  
  
Dining Table Tucson retail

With an improving national economic and employment picture slowly lifting all boats, the Arizona and Tucson employment rates followed suit; statewide employment was up 2.1% over a year ago. Residential inventory continued to stabilize and median sale prices gained 6.2% over prior year. Shared Services Center’s expansion announcement netting 200 new jobs made a positive statement about Tucson as a location to service western states.

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The Consumer Never Left: CushWake Weekly Economic Update

  
  
  
Retail & Industrial Space

Overall, we remain confident that consumers will continue to increase spending at a healthy clip, which will boost the need for both retail and industrial space int he coming year.

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Wind in the Retail Sails/Sales: Tucson Retail Market Update

  
  
  
Tucson retail wind in the sails

At 2014's midway point, the Tucson retail market continued its positive performance. Read more, as we detail the highlights for the quarter.

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Consumer Spending Beginning to Accelerate | CushWake Research

  
  
  
Consumer Confidence Increase

Stronger employment and income growth are boosting the rate of growth of consumer spending. That’s great news for the economy. Consumer spending accounts for 68% of total gross domestic product. Stronger consumer spending growth means stronger economic growth. This is an important element in our forecast for much stronger economic growth over the next 12 to 18 months. It also suggests that the commercial real estate sector will continue to improve.

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A Tale of Three Cities: Tucson, Albuquerque & El Paso - Guest Post

  
  
  
Tucson Albuquerque El Paso Map

The purpose of this report is to show the strengths and weaknesses of Tucson, Arizona and its sister cities, Albuquerque, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. The three cities are sisters since they have many commonalities including climate, population size, and each city having a military base and a university. The stats and data shown herein are used to illustrate the bigger picture and may not reflect exact figures.

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Retail therapy for Tucson's shopping center market

  
  
  
Tucson shopping retail

A continued rebound in consumer confidence, both nationally and locally, has fueled positive momentum in the Tucson retail market. Other market drivers have been material to the overall health of the retail market. These include an increase in housing demand, marked decrease in foreclosure filings, and national recognition for Tucson’s secondary education, with two local high schools ranked in the country’s top ten, as well as a National Blue Ribbon high school.

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