Retail Midwest
Planet Granite will open two climbing gyms in Chicago in 2019.

The secret to retail success? It's about experiences

Live in the Chicago neighborhoods of Wrigleyville or Lincoln Park? You’ll soon have the chance to scale 55-foot climbing walls, stretch your muscles in yoga classes and build your strength with free weights all in the same building. That’s when Planet Granite Climbing, Yoga and Fitness opens new gyms in these neighborhoods in just one more example of retailers offering experiences to attract consumers.

Finance Midwest
Matthew Rocco;Grandbridge Real Estate Capital

Grandbridge names Rocco president

Grandbridge Real Estate Capital announced Matthew G. Rocco has been named president and will continue to serve as national production manager, overseeing the company’s national loan origination platform. In his new role as president, he will take on additional leadership responsibilities from a corporate perspective and will be responsible for not only Grandbridge’s overall loan origination efforts, but also the company’s agency underwriting (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA) and balance sheet closing groups.

CRE Midwest
The best secondary market in the Midwest for investors? It might be Nashville

The best secondary market in the Midwest for investors? It might be Nashville

It’s increasingly difficult for commercial real estate investors to earn strong returns in big cities such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. That’s because commercial real estate values in these markets have hit all-time highs while cap rates are as tight as they’ve ever been. Because of that, investors are increasingly turning to so-called secondary markets for opportunities.