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Four U.S. metro areas where physical retail is thriving – and why.

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Santana Row shopping and dining district, San Jose, CA. PHOTOGRAPHY: Sundry Photography/iStock.com

Consumer demand for in-person shopping remains strong, but foot-traffic data indicates that brick-and-mortar retail performance in 2023 is exhibiting significant regional variations. So, where are the hot spots?

In its latest white paper, real estate market-intelligence firm Placer.ai identifies four regions in the U.S that exhibited strong year-over-year retail growth between January and May 2023 and drills down into what’s driving that momentum.

The regions and a thumbnail description of their main strengths are:

  1. New York: Resurgence of retail corresponds to the return-to -office movement.
  2. San Jose, Calif.: Upscale and luxury retailers are attracting the desired customers.
  3. New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford, Conn.: New residents lead to surges in home-improvement retail.
  4. Washington, D.C.: Direct-to-Consumer brands and physical retailers are seizing opportunities to capture a younger audience.

“While the retail world has faced significant challenges in recent years, plenty of regional bright spots abound,” the report notes. “From a symbiotic office-retail relationship to the importance of placing affordable and high-end chains where they are welcomed, adapting to local needs and preferences can drive retail success.“

Click here for more from the white paper.

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