NEW YORK – May 31, 2022From the doldrums of lockdown to the record-breaking economic recovery to rising concerns about war, inflation and recession, the pace of change since 2020 shows no sign of slowing. Commerce + Communities Today contributing editor Joel Groover spoke with RCS Real Estate Advisors Partner Spence Mehl about how it all affects retailers seeking to balance risk and reward in their portfolios. Mehl frequently negotiates with landlords to reduce retailers’ occupancy costs, restructure their leases and help them open, resize or relocate stores. His firm’s recent projects include guiding Solstice Sunglasses through Chapter 11 bankruptcy; acting as an outsourced real estate department for growing chains Francesca’s, Lolli & Pops and OrangeTwist; and doing a deal to keep Loft, Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant stores up and running in Simon malls.

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