(Reuters) – Financial markets on Monday ratcheted up bets the U.S. Federal Reserve will be pressed to cut interest rates to cushion a feared hit to economic growth from the spread of the coronavirus, although one official cautioned against expecting… Read More
A New-Look Qdoba Surges Ahead
It has been nearly two years since Jack in the Box dealt Qdoba to Apollo Global Management for $305 million. And it might be on the move again, with management admitting in November its new private-equity parent was exploring “a… Read More
Chipotle Takes a Page From Quick-Service Playbook
At Chipotle Mexican Grill’s newest restaurant in Chicago, busy diners don’t have to step foot inside the restaurant to grab their carryout order. Instead, they can fetch their foil-wrapped burrito or Lifestyle bowl from a walk-up window. It’s the fast-casual… Read More
Market by Macy’s Concept Could Benefit Retail REITs
The drumbeat of store closures continues, with well over 1,000 already on the books this year. No doubt, these shutdowns will harm landlords, including retail REITs. But although it wouldn’t make up for the loss of hundreds of larger stores,… Read More
Where Should Restaurants Open in 2020?
It isn’t revelatory to tell a restaurateur site selection is where the game is won and lost. Understanding market fundamentals and trying to keep pace with constantly moving trends are key to any decision when it comes to real estate…. Read More
REITs Surge On Merger Mania
Real Estate stocks led U.S. equity markets to fresh record highs this week, shaking off coronavirus-related losses amid a frenetic slate of corporate earnings and M&A news. Adding on to its impressive 3.2% gains in the prior week, the S&P… Read More
Are Your Bank’s Branches Too Small to Survive?
The future of bank branches is a topic sparking much debate among banking professionals. But most of the industry analysts tend to focus on changes in consumer behavior and the shift toward digital channels. There is, however, an even bigger… Read More
Treasury Inversion is About the Whole World
What used to be a reliable American recession indicator is instead an barometer of investors diving for cover worldwide. (Bloomberg) — The U.S. yield curve is flirting with another broad-based inversion again, reigniting Wall Street fears over the fate of… Read More
Restaurants See Best Sales Growth in Four Years Amid Mild Winter Weather
Restaurant sales are off to a great start in 2020, according to January’s results. But, given the favorable weather conditions experienced during the month, the industry’s would be wise to temper its enthusiasm. Same-store sales grew 2.3% in January, the… Read More
Which Are the Most Desired Quick Service Restaurants in the Net Lease Sector?
Cap rates for net-leased quick-service restaurants (QSR) have been pushed to record lows recently by private and 1031 exchange investors with an insatiable appetite for the properties. Private buyers accounted for more than 80 percent of QSR assets sold in… Read More