| BY DEBRA HAZEL Chain Store Age
The 27th annual Chain Store Age survey of Fastest-Growing Acquirers features some familiar names, but a diversity of philosophies and experiences when it comes to driving long-term growth.
Top-ranked Kimco Realty Corp. is reaping the benefits of years of fiscal discipline and a back-to-basics focus on its core properties. Second-place Phillips Edison, too, remains dedicated to the grocery-anchored center, even as it has evolved from private to public status. The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, No. 3 this year, pays in cash — and listens to every possibility. Cole Credit Property Trust IV, another non-traded REIT, focuses on single-tenant and anchored shopping centers around the country. And Vestar acts opportunistically — and is prepared to be cautious in the longer term.
The time (at Blue Vault's 2nd Annual Broker Dealer Educational Summit) proved extremely informative.