Real Estate Investment World Latin America: Panel session – capturing consumption through retail properties
Panelists for this session in stream A of the second day of Real Estate Investment World Latin America included: Mike Melson of Kimco Realty, Francisco Andragnes of Metro Buildings LLC and Gonzalo Ansola Cabada of the AsociaciÃ³n de Centros Comerciales y de Entretenimiento del PerÃº (ACCEP)
With a growing middle class in Latin America, retail development is expected to do well. Bed, Bath & Beyond, Wal-Mart and Home Depot are examples of Big Box retailers that want a presence in these emerging markets.
Grocery anchored retail developments should perform well. With a lack of refrigeration in some countries, a majority of consumers purchase perishable goods on a daily basis. This presents an opportunity to cross sell products and services through grocery anchored retail.
There is also a movement away from the suburbs with a move towards more urban infill retail.
Landlords should not consider themselves as rent collectors but rather they should consider themselves as facilitators to generate more sales for their tenants.
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