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TOP 5 Ice Cream Retailers for your Shopping Center

Is it just us, or is ice cream perfect for any occasion? Whether it's a birthday, holiday, or frankly any event, ice cream is a staple in many homes throughout the United States, especially now with new flavors coming to the surface. We're sharing the top five ice cream retailers. Consider bringing an ice cream retailer to your shopping center.

5 Signs that a National Brand Is Poised for Success in 2021

It’s hard to imagine a world without easy access to an Old Navy for a new t-shirt, a Starbucks at every turn, and easy access to fresh ingredients at a grocery store—no matter where you may travel. But 2020 proved that even massive retail chains with national presence weren’t immune to the long-term effects of COVID-19. And some reports predict thousands more closures this year. 

Top Ice Cream Concepts to bring to your California Shopping Center

Ice-cream is easily one of the best desserts or afternoon snacks out there. The different flavors and combinations offer you a one of a kind experience, something that you can only get at one location. But bringing an ice cream retailer to your center could provide the pop the center is missing. Take a peak at three ice cream concepts in California, and see if one or their concept fits your empty shopping center location.

Top 5 Bike Retailers to Fill Your Spaces

One of the side effects of the pandemic was a mountainous demand for bikes. The demand has yet to slow, keeping bike shops busy in retail and service repairs, suggesting a bike shop would be an ideal concept for a vacant retail space. 

Mid-Atlantic Brewpubs That Stand Out From The Crowd

The craft beer boom is no secret. Many brewpubs offer the perfect place to have a drink, enjoy a good meal, and—bonus—lingering is totally encouraged! Where there’s craft beer, board games, corn hole, and other low-stakes group activities, a good time is sure to follow. Adding a brewpub to your retail space often means providing a home away from home for the local community. 

What to do with Empty Theater Lots

The movie theater industry has gone from concerned to terrified throughout the pandemic. As one of the industries to suffer the most during mandatory shutdowns, theaters have yet to see any return to normalcy. Movie theaters are an experience, but like shopping centers can be an experience, if the product can be delivered to the home, why go out? Consider these alternative options for an empty movie theater space.

Northeastern Retailers Are Heating Up

The Northeast may be in the middle of winter, but there’s still heat in the retail market. Small and medium sized retailers are the life-blood of the American economy, and Northeastern brands are bringing a dose of vitality with them as they expand in the region. From hometown brands opening their second location to regional chains looking to launch nationwide, here are 4 brands that are making a name for themselves in the Northeast. 

Shopping Centers that have thrived despite COVID

Physical retail locations competing with ecommerce evolved dramatically since the coronavirus entered our lives. Concepts such as mixing physical retail with ecommerce platforms proved necessary for most current retail brands. Curbside and delivery are also essential to continued success. However, that might not be enough to keep shopping malls alive. Malls that have thrived have been epicenters for experience retail. . For a customer to enter a physical store, they will expect more from their shopping experience. 

3 Southern Brewpubs Serving Up Suds and Community

Did you know that the average American drinks about 26 gallons of beer every year? And this year, besides drinking their favorite beverage, people are trying their best to support their local communities through this difficult time.  Always a cozy place for drinks and dinner, many brewpubs now offer to-go bottle or keg service served up with social distancing practices in full force. And with unique flavors and seasonal specials, retail possibilities for additional locations, bottle shops, and taprooms are ever present. Here are our picks for 3 brewpubs in the south that are brewing up big batches of community spirit.

Top Gluten Free Multi Unit Groups

Gluten free foodies vary from voluntarily gluten free, to gluten intolerance, to the more serious condition of Celiac disease. Feast your eyes on this  list of the top gluten free friendly restaurants spanning from coast to coast. The best part? Each of these gluten free food establishments have more than one location and are potential space fillers for your upcoming expiring leases.