William H. Dillon

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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.

The Walkable Community: A Good Development for All

In an earlier blog post on The Walkable Community , we provided an overview of evidence supporting the bottom-line case for creating (or transforming) walkable communities and highlighted the ever- expanding body of literature and statistics that show a significant connection between increased retail revenues and environments that prioritize...
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A Big-Box Retail Store in the City? “If They Come, We Will Build It.”

Ray Kinsella, the baseball enthusiast played by Kevin Costner in the movie “Field of Dreams,” heard the now infamous words: “If you build it, he will come.” Relying on nothing more than blind faith, Ray risked financial ruin to build the baseball field of his dreams. The prophecy ultimately...
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Trouble in the Village. Community Banks Face New NIMBYism

Can the proliferation of new bank branches threaten the vitality of downtown retail areas? Some think so. As reported in the Boston Business Journal recently, proposals for new bank branches in two affluent communities in the metro-Boston area have led to protest and a call for the passage of...
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The Bottom-Line Case for a Walkable Retail Future

 A recent Washington Post article by Jonathan O’Connell poses the question, “ Can city life be exported to the suburbs ?” In it, the author examines the contemporary design phenomenon manifested by the proliferation of “town centers” (or “lifestyle centers”) nationwide, and particularly in the Washington, DC region. He...
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Two May Become One: Further Consolidation in the Shopping Mall Industry?

The already highly consolidated U.S. shopping mall industry may be on the verge of further consolidation. In recent weeks, a minority shareholder of General Growth Properties, Inc ., the second largest owner of regional shopping malls in the U.S., has actively courted potential suitors to acquire General Growth’s portfolio...
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Wal-Mart Goes Solar

In a recent press release , Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced plans to install solar panels at its Massachusetts-based stores, and that it had already begun acting on plans to install solar panels at its other stores in other states, including California. Wal-Mart officials estimate that the panels will generate...
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An Exurban Dilemma: To Urbanize or Not to Urbanize?

At its July 3rd meeting, the Loudoun County, Virginia Board of Supervisors voted to support the extension of the DC-area’s Metrorail rapid transit system into the county, a decision that the president of Loudoun’s Chamber of Commerce called “ a huge investment in Loudoun’s future…important not just for our...
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A Sign of the Times: The Increasing Popularity of Electronic Signs

The writing appears to be on the [electronic] wall for traditional, static signs and billboards. An increasing number of retailers, outdoor advertising companies and business owners are discovering that electronic signs offer a more dynamic and effective way to capture the attention and, in turn, the business, of passing...
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Happy 4th of July!

During this week, we pause to proudly celebrate freedom and love for our country. We will resume providing timely information about issues that may be facing your business next week. Thank you for subscribing to our retail blog. Happy Fourth of July! Warm Wishes, The Retail Law Advisor editorial...
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Familiar Deals in Unfamiliar Contexts: Buying Retail REO Properties from Special Servicers

According to Moody’s Investor Services , the retail sector was the only asset class to record an increase in its delinquency rate for Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS) loans in January. Negotiating the purchase of an REO property from a Special Servicer is for many a new experience, with dimensions...
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Sustainability in the Retail and Restaurant Industry: An Imperative and an Opportunity

Once motivated purely by altruism, sustainable retail development and building operation are increasingly encouraged by both governments and market conditions, if not explicitly required by law. Sustainability presents attractive opportunities to the retail and restaurant industry despite its unique challenges, such as significant interior and exterior demands, management of...
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Whole Foods Faces Unique Form of NIMBY-ism in One Boston Neighborhood

NIMBY-ism is nothing new for developers, retail and otherwise, who see their best-laid plans assailed by those averse to such “Not In My Back Yard” staples as traffic, density, building height and (often unspoken) poorer newcomers. In the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain (“JP”), however, Texas-based organic grocer Whole...
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Brand Your Retail “GREEN” By Taking Advantage of Tax Benefits

Retailers have gone beyond reusable shopping bags and are now looking to the IRS to help them “go green”. Developers can make significant investments in their buildings to meet retailers’ demands through energy efficient equipment, such as solar panels, and offset a portion of the costs with tax benefits....
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