David J. Rabinowitz

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This blog keeps you connected to timely developments and emerging issues in retail law and covers a wide range of topics related to the retail, restaurant and consumer industry. We invite you to learn more about Goulston & Storrs and our Retail, Restaurant & Consumer Group.

Three Trends Driving Consumer Behavior in the Retail Real Estate Business

Goulston & Storrs partners Nancy Davids, Matt Epstein, Karen O’Malley and David Rabinowitz  recently sat down with  Forbes  to discuss how changes in consumer behavior continue to drive evolution in the retail real estate business. The group identified three key trends through a collaborative discussion with  Forbes  contributor Richard Kestenbaum:...
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Settlement Opens Door For Outer Borough Outlet Centers

In August 2017, Simon Property Group (“SPG”) and the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York (“NYAG”) entered into an Assurance of Discontinuance (the “Settlement”) regarding alleged anti-competitive effects of radius restrictions used by SPG in leases at the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (“Woodbury Commons”)...
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ICSC New York Deal Making (2017)

On December 6-7, the Javits Center played host to this years’ ICSC NY Deal Making Conference . ICSC featured a new format at this years’ Conference. In addition to the deal making opportunities on Wednesday and Thursday, ICSC partnered with retailers and leading  real estate companies to present several...
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Cannes Brick and Mortar Retail in the United States Make a Comeback?

2017 MAPIC Conference in Cannes, France Last week, a contingent from Goulston & Storrs attended the annual MAPIC conference in Cannes (pronounced “Can”), France for the seventh consecutive year. We expected to field questions about the challenges facing brick and mortar retailers in the United States as well as...
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Gearing Up for MAPIC 2017

Our Retail Group is once again getting ready for the annual MAPIC Conference (le marché international professionnel de l’implantation commerciale et de la distribution)! For the 7th year in a row, our team is traveling to Cannes, France for the largest annual gathering of European retailers, brokers and developers....
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A Nation of Shopkeepers

David Rabinowitz and Matt Epstein who, with Nancy Davids , co-chair Goulston’s Retail, Restaurant and Consumer Group , spent some time in London last month surveying the retail landscape. There are both similarities and differences between the US and UK markets. Of course, the impact of ecommerce on bricks and...
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ICSC RECon 2017 – ICSC RECon Continues to Draw the Crowds

ICSC RECon 2017 was held last week from May 21-24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year, the conference lived up to its billing as the “World’s Largest Retail Real Estate Convention” with an estimated crowd of 37,000.   This represents about a 2.7% increase over last year...
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The Future of Urban Retail: A Business Real Estate Roundtable

As the competitive retail marketplace continues to shape itself, we take an active role monitoring trends and uncovering the legal ramifications.  This week, we are pleased to share Crain's New York Business Real Estate Roundtable. In this piece, the discussion centers on The Future of Urban Retail. Our partner...
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To Tax or Not to Tax Internet Retailers, that is the Question

Since the dawn of the age of e-commerce, brick-and-mortar retailers have championed “the level playing field”. Their battle cry: Internet retailers should be subject to sales tax just like us! This disparity is largely the result of a 1992 US Supreme Court decision, Quill Corp. v. North Dakota ,...
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End Of An Era Or Simply a Moment In Time?

What conclusions can we draw from the increasing vacancy rates in prime NYC retail real estate ?  A momentary blip? Something we’ve seen many times before, only to be followed by the inevitable climb in rents to their customary stratospheric levels? Analysts claim that rents in the retail sweet...
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When in Rome: Our Take on the ICSC OAC (Open Air Summit)

We know from our high school history lessons that large scale public shopping centers have been around since the days of the Roman Empire, if not before. The fabled open air markets of cities like Istanbul and Damascus still exist today and are often the backdrop of our favorite...
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A Tale of Two Conventions: MAPIC and ICSC New York

Autumn has been a busy time for our Retail, Restaurant and Consumer team , with our attendance at two major industry events each attracting thousands of attendees. Interestingly, both events recorded their largest attendance numbers to date, and given Brexit and the results of the U.S. presidential election there...
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To Brexit or Not to Brexit? Our Observations on UK Retail

Our Retail team just returned from a week in London where we met with the firm’s UK-based retail clients and other retail industry professionals. The biggest topic of conversation centered around Brexit . On June 23rd, Britain will hold an historic referendum on whether the country will leave the...
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Report from MAPIC 2015: US Expansion Still Hot Topic

The Goulston & Storrs’ MAPIC team has returned from the 21st annual MAPIC (le marché international professionnel de l’implantation commerciale et de la distribution) conference in Cannes, France.  From November 16-18, MAPIC hosted its international retail conference at the Palais de Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes. Approximately 8,000...
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Let Freedom Ring!

Goulston & Storrs has a long and proud tradition of supporting diversity . It’s not just a theoretical goal; we believe diversity helps us recognize and appreciate alternate viewpoints which ultimately improves our firm and our ability to serve our clients. Two years ago we spoke in support of...
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Retailing and Technology: Once an Afterthought, Now a Brave New World

In a post last month , we mentioned the continued debates over brick-and-mortar and e-commerce driving innovation in the retail industry. Ultimately, technology enhances a shopper’s experience but does not necessarily replace it. Much has been discussed about the success of retailers who embrace the omni channel experience. Whether...
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The Evolution of the Shopping Experience: Heard at ICSC Dealmaking 2014

Despite a terrible Nor’Easter that hit the first day of the conference, nearly 9,000 attendees – a record-breaking number and 26% increase over 2013 – joined the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) for the 2014 Dealmaking Conference at the new venue, the Jacob K. Javits Center in New...
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Sharing The Art and Science of Updating REAs

Thirty to fifty years ago, regional mall development was a new frontier in retail real estate. Developers were often individual entrepreneurs who started in the business by developing small strip centers and then moving up to more complicated retail developments, such as enclosed malls, typically anchored by department stores....
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ICSC RECon Global Retail Conference Recap

The annual ICSC RECon global retail conference went off without a hitch in Las Vegas this May. With 33,000 people in attendance, there was action in every corner. As promised in our April post, here is a recap of what we saw: Where the Action Is RECon has a...
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NYC Retail: Alive and Thriving!

Quite a buzz is reverberating from last week’s Bisnow’s New York Retail Real Estate Summit ! We were part of the action on April 30th in Bryant Park New York. The message we heard loud and clear? Retail in New York is about to explode! Our partner, David Rabinowitz...
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Fast Forward: Anticipation Grows as ICSC RECon Global Conference Approaches

The annual ICSC RECon Global Retail conference is coming fast and we are poised to take it all in. This year’s conference takes place from May 18-20th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. As we see it, this conference is the place to be if you participate in any...
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A Glimpse into ICSC’s Annual Conference in New York

Snow and cold greeted the more than 7000 attendees for this year's ICSC National Conference in New York City ! Notwithstanding the inclement weather, attendees were busy between the two program venues, the Hilton and the Sheraton, but the energy was high. Overall, a big success for the ICSC...
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Report from MAPIC: Will North American Operational Partnerships Be the Key to Growth for European Retailers?

Last week, Goulston & Storrs joined 8300 fellow attendees for the annual MAPIC retail conference in Cannes, France. The conference covered the hottest trends, issues and opportunities in the European retail industry. This year’s lively conversations included talks about how retailers (and even some developers) are coping with the...
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