Top 10 steps to prepare for an ICSC Conference

Free How-To ICSC Guide

Here we are, two weeks out from the ICSC show and it’s time to “prepare”.  The bad news is you’re late already. The good news is you can do better next time if you follow these simple steps.

1.) Prepare your calendar a year in advance. Block the time off now. This is especially important if you attend multiple shows each year. One year I scheduled a spring break trip out of the country and the worst part was I had committed to moderate a panel. Many thanks to @Vinzani, @ElyseChubb, @JAugustan, @BooneCRE, and @ColliersIntlSC for saving me.

2,) Decide why you should go. Should you meet with landlords or should you meet with tenants or a combination of both. If you don’t have a good reason to go such as a project or site, then don’t go because its a waste of everyone’s time.

3.) Create a list of people you want to meet and why. Don’t expect to walk away with an approved deal or a signed lease. Set realistic expectations.

Coastal Tides Retail Newsletter | October 2014

Coastal Tides Retail Newsletter | October 2014

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Charleston City Council approves one-year moratorium on new bars in the peninsula’s entertainment district

A standing-room-only crowd packed City Council Chambers, where the group voted 9-3 to approve the moratorium along King Street, parts of Meeting and East Bay streets, and the Market area.
Charleston City Council has approved a one-year moratorium on the opening of new bars in the city’s entertainment district that can stay open past midnight.

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 Nordstrom Rack to open in old East Cooper Kmart center

Nordstrom Rack, a popular off-price apparel chain owned by Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc., confirmed plans Wednesday to open a store in the former Kmart shopping center in Mount Pleasant.

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Office Depot is downsizing at Westwood Plaza

Westwood Plaza at Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Ashley River Road soon will have two big holes to fill when its anchor tenant Office Depot moves into a smaller space in the retail center next month.

Welcome to www.JohnOrr.com

WELCOME!

Howdy y’all,
I appreciate you surfing by here to check out the “Official Launch” of my Blog.  This has been in the works for a long time and my good friend Duke Long has been instrumental in motivating me.  First by naming me to this prestigious list of the Top 10 Most Influential Online Commercial Real Estate People in 2013 and then the 2014 Top 100 Commercial Real Estate People You Must Follow On Twitter.  Of course you all repeatedly telling me how inadequate my website really was helped too!

Before I get too far along about what you can expect to find here, allow me a moment to introduce myself – I am John Orr CCIM, a lifelong Retail Commercial Real Estate practitioner.  I’ve been active for a long time (at least in relative timelines) in the social media spaces – TwitterLinkedINFacebook, Google+, YouTube.

As we get to know each other over the coming weeks and months I will introduce our Charleston Retail Team here at Colliers International as well as post Market Reports, post for Restaurant Recommendations, and whatever strikes me from time to time.  Now, even with all that great stuff to talk about my main goal is to explore today’s issues facing Landlords, Tenants, Sellers and Buyers – and the occasional Developer’s Corner post and of course our monthly Coastal Tides Newsletter.  These are the things that impact us everyday.  The names may (or may not) be changed to protect the innocent but all the stories here are real because Truth is stranger than Fiction!

Thanks again for taking the time to check it out and please take a moment to Subscribe in the box on the right.  I believe inboxes are sacred and promise not to send anything to you that I wouldn’t want to receive myself.

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Coastal Tides Retail Newsletter – June 2014

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Retail Market is Back in Business as RECon 2014 Wraps Up

By the end of the day Tuesday it was clear that the industry’s expectations for the 2014 RECon show had been fulfilled-the retail real estate market is once again vibrant, with tenants signing new leases, lenders clamoring to offer debt for new acquisitions and multiple investor classes looking to buy retail assets, wherever they may find them.

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More From ICSC RECon 2014

The Changing Dynamic Between Retail Landlords and Tenants

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How to Turn Around a Challenged Center Around

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Don’t Overthink It; Do the Retail Deal

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Large Box Shifts to Smaller Formats

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 Outdoor retailer Gander Mountain picks

COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL | SOUTH CAROLINA YE-2013 CHARLESTON RETAIL MARKET REPORT

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COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL | SOUTH CAROLINA YE-2013 CHARLESTON RETAIL MARKET REPORT

Below is a download link to my Year End 2013 Market Report.  If you have any questions or want to dig deeper on any topic please Call Me, 843-608-8677, or email me John@JohnOrr.com

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YE-2013 CHARLESTON RETAIL MARKET REPORT

High Occupancy Rates Spur New Construction

Key Takeaways
·         King Street continued to excel with new retail tenants including C Wonder, H&M and Madewell opening stores in downtown Charleston.
·         Increased demand for retail space spurred new construction and redevelopments throughout the Charleston region.
·         Average asking rental rates continued to rise for shop space on King Street and in high growth suburban areas.
·         Suburban submarkets encountered the “Grocery Wars” as Piggly Wiggly stores sold and reopened as Bi-Lo or Harris Teeter.

Fourth Quarter 2013 Recap
The Charleston retail market continued to improve since mid-year 2013 with increased occupancy rates and