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What Is The Future Of Retail?

As an industrial specialist for years, it’s really great to see that warehouses are now the darling of the investment world. This sea change in investment strategy was born out of the online retail shopping boom, fostered in large part by Amazon.com. Investors were quick to notice that in-store shopping for nearly all items— […]

On The Road Again: On A Bicycle from Pittsburgh to D.C.

“One of the most important days of my life, was when I learned to ride a bicycle.” -Michael Palin

This year marks my 40th anniversary of my graduating from high school. While I am not attending the reunion due to scheduling conflicts, I am participating in rekindling memories with childhood friends. I, along with hundreds […]

Transportation, the Number One community issue in Tampa Bay

I have often pondered the ways to improve transportation in our community. Many options have been offered up: a ferry from Apollo Beach to MacDill AFB to alleviate the commute from that bedroom community for thousands per day. A high speed line to Orlando to alleviate congestion on I-4, not to mention making that […]

Showcasing Innovation in our Tampa Bay Community

As you know, the Tampa Bay Community is fast becoming one of the darlings in the country. Tampa is now showing up in the top 5 US Metro areas for job growth. New construction abounds, residents are moving into the state and the region at near record levels, and there is a vibe in […]

Biking In Our Urban Core: Tampa, America’s Next Great City

Have you ever biked in Tampa? I am in training for a 300 mile bike ride from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, D.C. in September. The official name of the ride is the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Tour. Several of our friends who completed the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim hike came up […]

Mid-Year Update: It’s A Great Time To Be In Commercial Real Estate!

The commercial real estate industry is booming, and Tampa is one of the places on fire. The last two years have been robust for the construction of new warehouse facilities and for absorption within these new buildings. On a national basis, 2017 may prove to be the strongest year for industrial deliveries in the […]

Old Age Rant #1: I Need New Shoes

In prior writings, I shared some articles about commercial real estate, particularly retail space being repurposed for other uses, as the retail arena is changing before our eyes. On line shopping has yet to eclipse brick and mortar stores in terms of sales although the online sales percentage as a total of retail sales […]

30 Years In Commercial Real Estate

When people ask me how long I have been a broker in commercial real estate, I say about 30 years. I also add, “And I am starting to get good at it!” After 30 years “I know a thing or two because I have seen a thing or two.” And while that statement is […]

I will pay you to grocery shop for me!

I hate going to the grocery store. Well, to be fair, I hate going to run of the mill grocery stores. I like going to the stores that have unusual fruits, vegetables and packaged items to try. I love a really well stocked appetizing counter and unique prepared food options. Truly, I really don’t […]

Demoted at Nordstrom

I can remember the day that Nordstrom opened at International Mall, in September, 2001. It was a nasty, stormy day and my girls and I braved the weather to explore the new store. It goes without saying that we found lots of merchandise to get excited about, and enjoyed the high level of service. […]