Retail N Illinois
Empty storefronts pose unique retail opportunities

Empty storefronts pose unique retail opportunities

Over 2,500 storefronts closed during the first half of this year, with another 500+ retail locations expected to follow suit before the year is out. But all is not lost. According to a new retail outlook research report by JLL, these store closures present an opportunity for new retail and new uses, whether those vacancies are in strip malls, power centers or regional malls.

Retail X Missouri
Knoebel completes construction of craft brewery, restaurant in St. Louis

Knoebel completes construction of craft brewery, restaurant in St. Louis

Construction is complete for the new $2 million HopCat restaurant and craft beer bar in the Delmar Loop in St. Louis, with Knoebel Construction serving as the general contractor. The new 8,580-square-foot location features seating for 245 guests, draft bar, an outdoor beer garden that seats 100 guests and event space. The developer was BarFly Ventures and the architect was Cuhaci & Peterson.

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.