The opening of the newly redeveloped Santa Monica Place, in Santa Monica, Calif., on Aug. 6, is noteworthy on several levels, not the least being that it marks the debut of the most ambitious shopping center in some time.
So the era of high-growth is officially over. Every party has to end. Now what? Retailers are turning their attention back to core brands and existing locations. Frank Blake, CEO of The Home Depot, told writers at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, that the company was mapping its current stores the way it used to map potential sites, identifying underperforming stores for renewed attention, and that that is by far the company’s biggest opportunity.