Shopping Centers Today

SEP 2018

Shopping Centers Today is the news magazine of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

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46 S C T / S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 P ittsburgh's history may certainly have been forged in the steel mills, but these days the western Pennsylvania city is drawing national and international attention more for its Iron Chefs, even as it builds a reputation as a popular foodie destination. Harper's Bazaar has referred to Pittsburgh as "America's most underrated city" and ranked it fourth on a list of 17 world places for travel in 2017. e magazine also cited Pittsburgh's arts-and-culture scene (the city is Andy Warhol's birthplace) and a growing number of trendy eateries as top reasons for a visit. "Our food-and-beverage scene has exploded over the past 10 years," said David Glickman, Pittsburgh- based director of retail services for Newmark Knight Frank. The Zagat restaurant guide rated Pittsburgh the best restaurant city in the U.S. in 2015. Downtown Pittsburgh alone has introduced some 60 dining destinations over the past decade, according to the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Among the chains that have opened restaurants in Pittsburgh within the past year, or that have announced plans to do so, are Burgatory, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House and Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse. Firebirds Wood Fired Grill opened its first Pittsburgh-area restaurant last year, in Cranberry Township, and the company is interested in opening more units in this metro, according to Jason Cannon, a Pittsburgh-based Pittsburgh's eateries and retail cater to a young and vibrant population By Beth Mattson-Teig S I T E S & C I T I E S W H E R E R E TA I L D E V E LO P M E N T I S H OT Aging gracefully first vice president at CBRE. Shorenstein Properties opened a food hall downtown at its One Oxford Centre in February. The Oxford Market Bar Oxford, as the food hall is called, operates on the lower level of the nearly 1 million-square-foot office tower and was part of that property's multi-million-dollar renovation. Urbanization and a population boom in the urban core are the spurs to this restaurant expansion. Downtown Pittsburgh is now home to roughly 131,000 workers, 33,000 residents and 27,000 college students, according to the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership. Even more notable for restaurants and retail tenants is that Pittsburgh's population of young peo- ple keeps growing: Some 40 percent of the downtown population now comprises Millennials, the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership says. "Pittsburgh is growing, and it's a city that is getting younger," said Glickman. The city's economy has shifted from those historic roots as a major center of American steel production to a focus on the categories of health care, information technology and educa- tion. Such top educational institutions as the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University have been foundational to a thriving tech industry that has drawn the likes of Facebook, Google and Uber, along with many tech startups. This tech-sector growth, in turn, is behind the boom in youthful workers. "Where Pittsburgh for a long time was a training ground for students who grew up here and went to school here and then would leave, kids are staying here now," said Cannon. "Young people with great jobs are looking for things to do and ways to spend their money, and that helps the retail world here a lot." Retail is strong in the urban and the suburban markets alike. "Pittsburgh has never been over-re- tailed, and we still aren't, so our fundamentals are very healthy," said Glickman. There are exceptions, of course. Pittsburgh has seen significant store closures among the Sears and Toys 'R' Us chains, and some land- lords offered incentives in the inter- est of helping refill the space, given that fewer retailers are in expansion

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