Evolution of Retail: Survival of the Fittest
If fashion trends and the entertainment industry are in a constant mission of reinvention then why shouldn’t real estate? Retail is not dead! 1980’s average box retail is out and the evolution has begun. Retail is going through a strategic repositioning movement in the industry. Cities are facing various challenges like replacing vacant anchor boxes and managing expectations of multiple stakeholders (both public and private). Our panelists will take you through a worldwide synopsis history of retail to current trends upending this industry. We will then take you through an exploration on a more local level reviewing implementation strategies and the true meaning of what it takes today to be a thriving retailer, with case studies throughout the globe. In the same way that bell-bottoms and movie icons reinvent their image, a revolution of retail has begun and it’s making a debut you won’t want to miss.
Shwanika Narayan: Shwanika is a business reporter at The San Francisco Chronicle where she covers retail and logistics. She was previously a reporter with the Los Angeles Business Journal where she wrote about manufacturing and trade. Prior to that, she worked as a freelance video producer at AJ+ covering general news, her freelance work also includes writing for NBC News, Quartz and Hyphen magazine. While happy to be back home in the SF Bay Area, Shwanika has loved living in Los Angeles and New York City.
Miles Garber: Mr. Garber leads development of the Polaris Pacific Report, a monthly market-intelligence report that tracks the sales price and absorption rates of new assets in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Silicon Valley, Phoenix and Oakland/Emeryville. Prior to joining Polaris Pacific, Mr. Garber was a research analyst at the Mark Company, a San Francisco-brokerage firm, and at a Market Profiles, a market-research firm based in Southern California.
James McCandless: As Director of Strategic Partnerships, Mr. McCandless directs all aspects of 505Design’s strategic growth initiatives, internal/external relationship management, and implementation of related business and marketing plans. Mr. McCandless is a co-author of The Vibrant Streets Toolkit, which can be used by various interests to make incremental, measured improvements in their commercial districts to attract shops and restaurants. Additionally, he has contributed his knowledge and experience to a chapter of Urban Land Institute’s Guide to Business and participated in numerous feasibility and research studies ranging from 1,000+ acre mixed-use projects to a 100-acre sports and entertainment complex with restaurant and retail uses.
Eric Kathrein: Mr. Kathrein is a Senior Director in the San Francisco office of HFF. He leads the retail investment advisory platform for HFF in Northern California. He specializes in retail and mixed-use assets located throughout the western United States. Prior to HFF, he was a Vice President of Capital Markets and a partner on the Cushman & Wakefield Retail Investment Advisors Northern California team, closing more than $1 billion of asset dispositions during his tenure. Mr. Kathrein is an active member of NAIOP and is on the ICSC Next Gen Planning Committee. Additionally, he is co-founder of the Cal Young Alumni Blue & Gold Bash, which created formal programming for young alumni engagement, and for which he received the UC Berkeley Alumni Association Bradford S. King Award for Excellence in Service in 2015. He previously served on Jill’s Legacy, an advisory board to the Lung Cancer Foundation.
5:15-5:30 pm – Registration & networking
5:30-6:30 pm – Panel presentations
6:30-7:00 pm – Moderated discussion + audience Q&A
7:00-7:30 pm – Hosted networking reception
Private Sector $45/$60
Public Sector & Nonprofit $40/$55
Thank you to Interface for their space and to Langan for refreshments! Additionally, thank you to Pam Nieting and Miles Garber for putting this program together!
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