ICSC RECon, the retail real estate industry’s most anticipated, heavily attended and highly valued annual event, is just over a week away. What should the 37,000+ attendees expect to see and hear this year?
The sky is falling…right?
Recent retail headlines have trumpeted significant store closing announcements from more than a dozen major players, including Macy’s, JC Penney and The Limited, and full blown bankruptcies from brands like Gander Mountain and Payless. While conversations about these negative events are unavoidable at RECon, we anticipate that many real estate professionals will focus on the upside of these downsides—the industry evolution that is unfolding in real time.