ICSC Florida Conference – Commercial Retail Space Wanted

Have conference, will travel!  There is nothing better than setting out to an industry conference for a few days of learning, sharing and networking.  My most recent trip was to Kissimmee for the ICSC Florida Conference, held at the Gaylord Palms Resort. The featured speakers included Oscar Rivera, the 2012 Florida Conference Chair, and Gary Swoope, our Florida Secretary of Commerce, both providing great insight into the commercial retail economy and new trends in retail commercial space throughout the country and specifically in Florida. The conference featured over two hundred and sixty vendor booths filled with shopping center developers and retailers looking for new Florida leasing and development opportunities. It was impressive to see the significant number of retail operations interested in building or finding new locations for their restaurants, automotive, fashion, convenience stores, and more in the Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte county areas. It provided great hope for the future retail economy for our state and local markets. Commercial property owners who may be thinking about selling should be encouraged by this news as now is an ideal time to list a new property.

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