As retailers slug it out for market share and the attention of distracted consumers, landlords are taking full advantage of the limited amount of space in A and B malls.
“The vacancy rates have really narrowed,” said Andrew Graiser, copresident of A&G Realty Partners, a real estate advisory firm. “You’re in a world right now where there’s little to no growth in new developments outside of outlets. There are a lot of retailers that are growing, they have no place to grow, so therefore there’s a lot more demand for A- and B-quality retail. The rents are going up.”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"