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Lurking in the Lease: Unexamined Risks Could Worsen the “Retail Apocalypse”

Originally Appeared on ABL Advisor by Mike Harris and Max Garbus Concern about the fate of American retail is growing—and with good reason. Laden with debt, challenged by Amazon and racing to adapt to the changing consumer, a number of U.S. chains face uncertain futures. During the first quarter alone, Moody’s tracked a record nine […]


How AI Is Being Used To Read Leases, Other Real Estate Documents

Originally Appeared on by Erika Morphy “A lot of people tend to give heavily-weighted promises about AI and where it is going.” CHICAGO–A typical client for Nicholas Bartzen, an associate with Levenfeld Pearlstein’s Community Association Group, would be a condominium representative whose building has anywhere from four to 500 units and whose board has […]


As Bon-Ton’s Fortunes Shift, Investors Brace for Liquidation

Originally Appeared on by Donna Mitchell It seems that time is running short, putting more urgency on the decisions that landlords make concerning properties with Bon-Ton anchors. About one week ago Bon-Ton Stores appeared to have escaped the spiral of bankruptcy and liquidation that haunts so many retailers these days, after it got an […]


Store Closings Put Co-Tenancy Clauses In The Hot Seat

Originally Appeared on by Mike Harris The surge in store closures from the likes of Best Buy, Macy’s and Toys “R” Us is shining a brighter spotlight on a hidden risk for retail real estate owners, investors and lenders. Losing a key retail anchor tenant in a shopping center is bad enough. While this […]