Author: Tali Rozenman

With some states already loosening restrictions, retail is slowly starting to show signs of recovery from COVID-19’s effect. In this Placer Bytes, we dove into the pandemic’s impact on pet stores and C-stores to see who is well-positioned and whether a return to normalcy could be on the horizon

With tightening restrictions nationwide, Wholesale and Mass Merchandise traffic is seeing major declines. But are states with partial to no stay-at-home orders experiencing similar traffic patterns as those heavily hit by coronavirus?

In times of crisis, we tend to look to the past to see if there are any lessons we can apply to the current situation. So, how have we recovered from significant falls in the recent past, and what could this mean for the coming months?

The supermarket industry is one of the few continuously bringing in traffic as the coronavirus pandemic unfolds. Analyzing the second week of March, grocers saw significant peaks, with Friday the 13th marking one of the highest traffic days in years.

Supermarkets especially have been at the forefront of news and consumer concerns. How have these retailers been holding up amid virus panic? Are traffic patterns similar to those of wholesale grocers, with surges in visits, or are people avoiding leaving their homes and resorting to delivery? We dove into the latest data surrounding the pandemic.

The holidays brought a much-needed bump to the Apparel and Grocery sectors, but were they as exciting for the Food sector as we anticipated? We dug into eleven top restaurant chains to see how they performed in Q4.

The store closure storm is brewing, and Macy’s is at the forefront with its recent announcement of nearly thirty additional store closures in the coming months. But, as we’ve seen in the past, there’s much more than meets the eye when it comes to closures. So, we dove into some of the closing locations so see what’s driving Macy’s strategy.

When it comes to Black Friday, we love to discuss retailers. But what about the shopping centers and malls that house them? With Black Friday 2019 behind us, and the holidays just around the corner, we dove into some of the top-performing shopping centers to see who came out on top during Black Friday and whether the lessons from retail applied to the centers as well.

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