Consumers Still ♥ Brick-and-Mortar

Valentine’s Day has come and gone—and it was retailers who were feeling the love this year. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), early sales projections leading into the holiday were estimated to reach a near record of $19.6 billion, an increase from $18.2 billion last year. U.S. consumers individually were expected to spend an average …

Major Economic Win for the Greater New Orleans Region

DXC Technology to create 2,000 high-paying jobs. The greater New Orleans region is celebrating a monumental economic win with the announcement that DXC Technology will establish a Digital Transformation Center in New Orleans’s Central Business District. (The site location will be finalized and announced soon.) The new Digital Transformation Center is expected to create 2,000 …

President’s Message: The intersection of retail and healthcare

It’s no secret that the retail real estate environment is evolving at lightning speed. E-commerce and technology are driving much of that transformation, as well as the shift in consumer shopping behaviors. You’ve heard me talk of today’s ‘high-maintenance’ consumer. Their expectations have changed. They want convenience, they want choices, and they want it now. …

Commercial Real Estate Advocacy

Stirling Properties recently had the opportunity to participate in the ICSC Strategic Leadership Summit (SLS) Fly-In to Washington, DC. My colleagues—Townsend Underhill, Sr. VP of Development; Will Barrois, VP & Regional Manager AL/FL; and Jimmy Maurin, Stirling Properties founder—and I joined nearly 200 industry representatives from 35 states on Capitol Hill to create awareness and …

New Orleans Tricentennial: The 300th Anniversary

Beginning in just a few months, New Orleans will enter its Tricentennial anniversary celebrating a 300 year history of one of the world’s most unique cities. During the Tricentennial year, we will be celebrating our history, culture, diversity, resilience, and people, as well as setting the course for a future on the rise. We invite …

“TREEmendous” Organizations In Our Region

This past weekend, we celebrated Earth Day, an annual day dedicated to encouraging conversation and engagement around environmental sustainability. Stirling Properties is a proud supporter of numerous environmental programs right here in the Gulf South region. Their work is critical to our success and makes our communities—where we live and work—stronger. In addition to corporate support, …

President’s Message: The Death Knell of Retail Real Estate Is Exaggerated

I am sure you have all read attention-grabbing news headlines such as these and share the same concerns regarding the future of retail real estate. In this new era of constant access to millions of digital media streams, dramatic headlines cut through the clutter and generate more attention. Drama sells. But despite all the negativity …