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Expanding Retailers in Ohio

Home of the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, its own unique brand of barbecue, and plenty of other tourist attractions, we all know Ohio is way more than cornfields. But when you take a look at the plans for retail expansion in 2021, you may just start singing “OHIO rocks!” The following 4 retailers have big plans in the state, with both public-facing and large commercial hubs coming soon. 

Top 5 Food Halls to Fill Retail Space

Food halls are trending. If you’ve never heard of a food hall, don’t be so quick to pass it off as your everyday food court, because they’re so much more than that. Food halls are filled with unique, local restaurants with food made from scratch. Some even feature dessert stops, butchers, bakeries, markets, shops and more. They’ve been around for years, but have recently begun gaining more traction. Below are a few of our favorite examples of utilizing retail space in a fun and successful way. 

Thinking about a Brew Pub for your Vacancy?

Wine is well known to be paired with cheese and light hors d'oeuvres, but what about beer? When it comes to pairing beer and food, it ultimately comes down to matching both the food’s flavor and the beer’s flavor. With so many styles of beer, here’s a breakdown of the best style to pair with your favorite bites and some expanding breweries. 

Use Retailsphere to Order a Pizza Joint for Your Center

Do you wish finding your new perfect tenant was almost as simple as ordering pizza? The process should be streamlined, have a variety, and deliver the results you’ve been craving. Retailsphere has a vast database with various options to narrow your search to exactly what you are looking for. 

A Retail Profile: 5 Wits

You walk into an ancient tomb lit only by your flashlight. Ominous hieroglyphs fill the walls, and as you move further inside, booby traps spring to life and the adventure begins to unfold.  This isn’t the latest Indiana Jones movie, although the production quality makes you feel a lot like you’re on a movie set, and it’s NOT an escape room. It’s 5 Wits: an interactive, cooperative game that immerses players into a completely different world, and challenges them with puzzles, physical feats, and hands-on tasks. 

Why Are These States Seeing A Retail Rebound?

The 2020 pandemic started with a virus and quickly made changes to almost every aspect of daily life.  And even while facing the same foe, state governments have had vastly different approaches to how to handle the virus. We look at which states are seeing a retail rebound and why.

Pairing Pizza with the Perfect Retail Tenant

Pizza retailers are aplenty. The pandemic has proved that pizza was prepped and ready for carry out and delivery when other places were not. Is there a way to make a shopping center or restaurant sector thrive alongside pizza? What goes well with pizza? A Google or Pinterest search will amount to various recipes to pair with pizza. But physically, in retail, what businesses pair well or could be co-located with pizza? 

Retailers Set to Flourish as Country Reopens

As more retailers return to pre-pandemic operations, shoppers are ready to return to brick-and-mortar stores. A recent decline in online retail sales nationally signals retailers should prepare for an influx of in person shopping and a chance to strike while the iron's hot.Here are 3 types of retailers to watch in 2021 and the small changes that will help them thrive. 

Washington Coffee Shops to Spice Up Your Center

Coffee is a must for many morning routines and a Pacific Northwest staple. Bringing a coffee shop to your center can provide an influx of traffic and give other retailers that much-needed bump. Here are five coffee retailers in Washington who can provide a spice to your mall or center.

Retailers in Jeopardy as Workers Head Back to the Office

It’s hard to believe anything good came out of 2020, but certain brands saw big gains even in a tough year. While these retailers burned bright, filling a specific mid-pandemic need, there is some danger of them burning out soon as a new normal begins to settle in. Here are 3 types of retailers that may begin to sputter in 2021.