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September/October 2023

The September/October issue features the annual CSA Top 100, a listing of the nation's largest retailers based on sales volume.

Other articles in the issue include:  

•Resetting store strategies for growth

•Popular online registry Babylist enters brick-and-mortar

•How The Home Depot gets store tech up and running after a disaster

•A look at how five retailers are enabling customer-centricity

•Best practices for offering EV charging

July/August 2023

The July/August issue features CSA’s annual Top 10 Retail Center Experiences report, with Mall of America topping the list.

Other articles in the issue include:

• Profiles of CSA’s 2023 Retail’s Top Women Award honorees

• Smaller-store formats require special planning and design

• Babies”R”Us makes U.S. store comeback

• New ASHRAE standard prioritizes indoor air quality with new requirements

• How retailers can integrate AI into their holiday tech prep


The May/June issue features a look at the building challenges — from material shortages to higher costs —confronting retailers and developers.  

Other articles in the issue include:

• The ICSC Las Vegas SHOW SCOOP: A special section in which 11 of America’s leading center developers write about how retail real estate is changing for the better.

• 2023 Breakout Retailer Awards: Academy Sports + Outdoors, Boot Barn, Choice Market, Condado Tacos honored in annual program.

• SPECS Show Recap: Highlights of Chain Store Age's annual SPECS event

• Trending Stores: Nike flies high with World of Jordan, while Barbie is set to get her own “world.”



The March/April issue highlights brick-and-mortar with a look at how retailers are reimagining their stores to keep pace with the fast-changing 
retail landscape.

Other articles in the issue include:

• Going Bigger: Target and Sam's Club buck the smaller-is-better trend with larger store formats.

• What retailers need to know about electric vehicle charging stations.

• Update on lighting rebates

• Tax incentive extended for energy-efficient upgrades 

• Open-air centers reconfigure with greenspaces, outdoor dining and events to keep traffic flowing all week

• Three tech-related steps retailers should take now...
and more. 

January/February 2023

The January/February issue features an in-depth look at the retail C-suite, which is being transformed as it evolves to keep pace with industry and consumer changes and demands.

Other articles in the issue include:

• CFOs urged to think beyond immediate cost reductions when deciding tech investments.

• Five trends likely to influence retail in 2023

• Three hot-button issues for retailers

• Increase costs expected in retail rents, common area maintenance charges.

• Digitally native Herschal Supply Co. opens first U.S. store.

• Q&As with Build-A-Bear Workshop and Bob’s Discount Furniture …

 and more.

November / December 2022

Retail real estate takes the spotlight in the November/December issue of Chain Store Age.

The November/December issue features a look at how developers are “citifying” affluent suburbs with new projects that combine office, residential, dining/entertainment, parks — and retail.

Other articles in the issue include:

• Target unveils larger-size store format with more space for fulfillment.

• Three emerging technologies that will play a major role in retail in 2023.

• Trending Stores: Direct-to-consumer brands Vuori, Beyond Yoga and Alpha Industries are expanding in brick-and-mortar.

• Top store picks for 2022.

The issue also includes a round-up of the retail real estate scene as written by the following leading developers:

• Joseph F. Coradino (PREIT) — on why malls are the intersection of life + commerce;

• Don Ghermezian  (Triple Five Group) — on mall as medium;

• Brandon Isner (CBRE) — on whether the word ‘omnichannel” is losing its meaning;

• Stephen Lebovitz (CBL Properties) — on retail’s resilience;

• Geoff Mason (Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield) — on the mall’s new manifestation;

• Fred Meno (Woodmont Company) — on planning for the unknown;

• Josh Poag (Poag Development Group) — on the development of Poag Development Group; and

• Ken Volk (Macerich) — on the value of short-term tenants.



The Sept./Oct. issue of CSA features the annual ranking of the nation's top 100 retailers, PLUS:

  • Walmart, Amazon lead CSA's annual ranking of the top 100 U.S. retailers based on annual revenue
  • The New Mall: Top mall managers weigh in on the future of malls in today's fast-changing marketplace
  • How machine learning technology can benefit retailers 
  • New retail formats from Express, Nike 
  • Update on construction costs
  • Lighting rebate bonus programs at all-time high

July / August 2022

The July/August issue features profiles of CSA's Top Women in Retail Awards winners, with honorees recognized in store development/facilities; real estate; supply chain and technology. Plus, Women of the Year.

 Other articles  include:

CSA's annual listing of the Top 10 Retail Center experiences;

• Advice for retailers on navigating hot button social issues;

• New spin-off concepts; 

• Holiday Prep: Tips capturing whenever and wherever they shop;

and more.

May / June 2022

The May/June issue of CSA features the winners of our annual Breakout Retailers Awards: Burlington Stores, CAMP, Dutch Bros, and Raising Cane's honored for commitment to physical growth, innovation.

Other articles include:

SPECS 2022 Recap:  Wrap-up coverage of CSA's annual SPECS Show, industry's leading event for store planning/design, construction and facilities management.

  • Update on Title 24: What retailers need to know;
  • Retailers lead the charge in EV charging station installations; 
  • Supply chain issues causing building delays; and
  • Sports, entertainment centers use tech innovations to improve customer experience. 

ICSC Las Vegas Show Scoop. Special section includes: 

  • 10 Under 40: Profiles of retail real estate's rising stars; 
  • Leadership Series: Interviews with leading center developers;
  • Features on American Dream and open-air centers; 
  • ICSC Las Vegas Booth Briefs ...

and more. 


The March/April issue of CSA features an exclusive survey of retail real estate executives and their plans for expansion.
Other articles include:

• Remodel Trends: Reimaging stores for the new era;

• Walmart unveils new store design;

• Special section on CSA’s 58th annual SPECS Show includes agenda and exhibitor listing;

• Top construction technology trends to watch in 2022 — and beyond;

• Rebates for EV charging stations;

• How medical centers and other non-traditional tenants keep retail centers healthy;

• The Kroger Co. keeps employees engaged via its mobile training app;

• Insights on metaverse retailing from the CEO and founder of shopping platform Obsess;

And more...

January/February 2022

The January/February issue features a look at how consumer trends are transforming the traditional fulfillment center model in three key areas.

Other articles in the issue include:

• Supply chain challenges to persist

• Retail Profile: J.Jill's retail reset includes a greater emphasis on full-price selling.

• Trending stores: Toys "R" Us, Glossier

• Meijer in eco-friendly parking lot pavement pilot 

• SDI's Jim Owens on mitigating impact of supply chain disruption on facilities maintenance operations.

• The Changing Nature of Open-Air Centers

• Q&A with Lily Ai's Purva Gupta on the importance of knowing customers in real time.

November/December 2021

November/December issue features a special section, “Retail 2022,” on trends and insights for physical retail, technology and the economy. It also includes a round-up of top executives in retail real estate who discuss how the pandemic helped them re-make their relationships with their tenants and establish brick-and-mortar’s role in the omnichannel future.

Other articles in the issue include: 

The retail resale market is booming — with no end in sight.

• Expert Opinion: Time for a retail reset, with focus on sourcing, fulfillment, talent, digital capabilities and data.

• Petco, Pacsun expand portfolios with new retail concepts. 

• Recap of Chain Store Age’s X/SPECS, which put the spotlight on store design, construction and facilities management — and business ne

• Three ways connected lighting can help reimagine retail.

• A look at Gap’s five-year plan to build out its fulfillment capacity.

September/October 2021

Cover Story: Walmart and Amazon take the top spots on Chain Store Age’s annual listing of the top 100 U.S. retailers (by revenue).

Also inside:

•    SPECS 2021 Recap: Wrap-up coverage of Chain Store Age’s 57 annual SPECS Show, the leading retail event for store planning/design, construction and facilities management.

•    Profiles of CSA’s annual Breakout Retailer Awards winners.

•   Technology innovations transform the construction process — from planning through execution.

•    Retailers use artificial intelligence solutions to automate, streamline front- and back-end tasks.

•    Effective business scenario planning by CFO’s crucial to retail success in 2022 — and beyond.

•    Southwest Region Report: Retail vacancy rates going lower, rents getting higher.

...and more.


Read all about the top 10 retail center experiences — and more — in the July/August issue of Chain Store Age. 

In addition to profiles of the centers in CSA’ annual Top Ten Retail Center Experiences, the issue includes an interview with the CEO of women's plus-size retailer Torrid and a look at Dick Sporting Goods’ newest retail concept, House of Sport.

Other articles in the issue include:
•    Bed, Bath & Beyond’s dramatic makeover;
•    Rethinking Fulfilment — From start to finish;
•    Using automation and artificial intelligence to lower energy costs;
•    Lighting products with the highest rebates;
•    New Popeyes built in record time;
•    Midwest region retail real estate report;
•    Tech tips to help retailers prepare for the holiday season; and 
•    Retail and restaurant brands enter the NFT market. 

January/february 2021

Fulfillment Centers Transformed — how robots, delivery hubs and automated systems are changing the traditional model

Also inside:

  • Quick-service chains launching new formats focused on convenience and the drive-thru experience;
  • Inclusion means making ALL employees feel welcome;
  •  Bed Bath & Beyond's omnichannel strategy is foundation of its turnaround efforts;
  • Regional Real Estate Report: Northeast and Mid-Atlantic; 
  • HVAC and COVID-19: Review of existing and emerging technologies that can be added to existing systems to improve indoor air quality;
  • New best practices in facilities management; 
  • Walmart uses vast IoT network to help lower energy consumption, improve food quality; and more!

November/December 2020

  • Walmart's Redesign
  • Retail Real Estate's New Era
  • Making Indoor Air Safer

September/October 2020

Walmart takes the top spot on Chain Store Age's annual listing of the top 100 U.S. retailers (by total revenue).

Also inside:

  • Smartbuilding technologies can help retailers minimize exposure to a COVID-19 event
  • Center CEOs talk COVID and Holidays
  • Elements of a dark store strategy


The Top 10 Retail Center Comeback Experiences and The New Playbook for Retail Stores are among the top stories in CSA's July/August issue.

Also inside:
•    Walmart tests self-checkout-only store
•    What to do when an employee refuses to return to work
•    With limits on store capacity, retailers urged to extend customer experience to outside queues
•    Bob's Discount Furniture puts premium on safety as customers return 
•    Prepping facilities for the winter months 
•    Top Trends in Construction Technology
•    Raleys opens new store concept 

Shopping Centers Take On COVID-19: The industry weighs in on the pandemic that shuttered centers and how they think the next few months will play out. Also, the 10 Under 40: Retail Real Estate's Rising Stars. 



Profiles of Chain Store Age's 2020 Breakout Retailers Awards recipients: Chicken Salad Chick, Deciem, Eyebobs, Neighborhood Goods and Outdoor Voices.


See the top 10 female executives that are making their mark on retail technology. 




A look at what retailers can expect in 2020, with insights on brick-and-mortar, legislative developments, the economy, and technology. Plus, a special ICSC section: New York Show Scoop. 


The annual Top 100 Retailers: A ranking of nation's top 100 retail companies by annual revenue, and the State of the Industry Report. Plus, Philadelphia 's Retail Real Estate market is HOT! 

July/August 2019

As the role of the retail CFO keeps expanding, Chain Store Age offers insights and examines trends to help CFOs make decisions in four critical areas: store design/remodels; facilities maintenance; energy management; and technology, specifically customer experience solutions.

May/June 2019

New PropTech ventures are bringing data analytics and digital transformation to brick and mortar.

March/April 2019

Profiles of Chain Store Age's 2019 Breakout Retailers Awards recipients: Adore Me, b8ta, Lolli & Pops, OrangeTheory Fitness and Veggie Grill

January/February 2019

Top Ten Women in Tech