Q&A With … Owen Buckley, LANE 4 Property Group

Owen Buckley, Managing Partner, LANE4 Property Group, which specializes in commercial real-estate within the retail sector. Q. A number of encouraging metrics indicate economic activity is picking up on multiple fronts, even if slowly. Will it come in time to… more

Big Crowds at Nebraska Furniture Mart

Nearly three weeks after reopening its stores in Omaha and Dallas, Nebraska Furniture Mart did the same for its Kansas City-area location over the Memorial Day weekend. If the pent-up demand for home furnishings is an indication, the retail sector… more

Hertz Files for Bankruptcy

Rental-car company Hertz has filed for bankruptcy after a major sales downturn that was fueled by COVID-19. "The impact of Covid-19 on travel demand was sudden and dramatic, causing an abrupt decline in the company's revenue and future bookings," said… more

Victoria’s Secret Parent Closing 300 Stores

L Brands, the parent company of Victoria's Secret, said it will close 250 of those stores due to them being shut for months due to COVID-19 and the resulting revenue loss. Meanwhile, the company is also closing Bath & Body… more

Target Sales Jump in First Quarter

Retailer Target Corp. saw sales rise 10.8 percent year over year during the first quarter as shoppers flocked its stores and website at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. Digital sales skyrocketed 141 percent year over year, while store sales… more

‘Panic Shopping’ Boosts Walmart

Walmart reported strong sales and profits during its most recent quarter due to a surge in sales due to consumers wanting to stock up on household goods during the COVID-19 pandemic. Same-store sales rose 10 percent year over year at… more

KS Phase 2 Reopening Planned for Friday

The second phase of Kansas' reopening plan, which would allow more consumer access to businesses, is set to start on Friday. Gov. Laura Kelly modified the order, saying that the reason for the change is due to the slowing number… more

J. C. Penney Closing 30 Percent of Stores

In another blow to the retail real estate industry, retailer JCPenney plans to pare back its store count by 30 percent, or 240 stores. It will leave it with about 600 total stores. The company, which operates seven stores and… more

Q&A With … Mike Boehm, City of Lenexa

Mike Boehm is the major of the City of Lenexa, which has seen major construction growth over the the last few years. Q. Have you seen any delay in the construction of City Center as a result of COVID-19? A.… more

Restaurant Industry Wants More Time for PPP Loans

Leaders in the restaurant industry want more time to spend PPP loans, increasing that window from eight to 24 weeks. They met with President Donald Trump and said that they were concerned about various social distancing rules in states and… more