Eastern MA Greater Boston KeyPoint Report Preview
The 2017 KeyPoint Report for http://alicewbryant.somebody.io/ Eastern Massachusetts/Greater Boston, based on our proprietary GRIID retail database, is in production. 8.8% vacancy rate reported last year. SF (which remains fully occupied). The ten-store liquidation of Sports Authority, which had an average store size of 41,000 square feet in the region, was largely responsible for the rate rise in the 25,000-49,999 SF segment. Town Rankings: The five communities with the most amount of retail space remain the same as last year, with Boston and Cambridge maintaining their dominance in first and second position. Natick, Brockton, and Burlington follow. Randolph now has the lowest vacancy rate in the region after ranking 65th last year. The opening of Brothers Supermarket, its third store in the region, as a grocery replacement for the vacant Sudbury Farms resulted in the leap to first place. Taunton is again the community with the highest vacancy rate at 19.2%. Eight other towns have vacancy rates of 15% and higher. Retailer Activity: The retailer adding the most retail space in the region was Big Y, now a serious grocery player in Eastern Massachusetts, by way of its acquisition of eight Hannaford locations.
Big Y currently occupies more than 500,000 square feet in the region. Runner-up was Life Time Athletic, which added a 136,000 square foot Framingham club. Market Basket is third with the addition of an 82,000 SF store in Plymouth. In terms of contraction, Hannaford vacated the most retail space in the region by divesting eight stores in the merger between Ahold and Delhaize, and recently closing another, for a a total of 445,300 square feet. Sports Authority was the runner-up, closing 10 stores in the region, or 411,600 square feet. Kmart ended in third place as a result of four store closings in Tewksbury, Attleboro, Fairhaven, and Fall River. Readers can expect to see much more detail on retail changes in Eastern Massachusetts when we publish our 2017 KeyPoint Report for Eastern Massachusetts/Greater Boston. KeyPoint Partners’ GRIID database maintains detailed information on virtually all retail properties in three key regions: Eastern Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire and Greater Hartford, Connecticut. These markets encompass approximately 44% of all retail space in New England. GRIID has information on nearly 262 million square feet of retail space and nearly 60,000 retail establishments. The KeyPoint Reports contain a summary and analysis of market trends and activity for each studied area.
I also needed a story which gave me something to work with-- interesting imagery, alliteration, or rhyme. Finally, I looked for importance or relevance. Although the topic was often about Central Florida or Florida, I asked myself if it would be interesting to national or international audiences before choosing it. Additionally, I wanted a topic that would still be interesting a year later or even ten years later. Some days, writing the poem was quick and easy. Other days, I spent hours on it. I often had a frustrating day because I had to abandon one or two attempted poems when they just weren’t working. Some days the poems seemed to be exactly as I would have written them if I had no restrictions at all. Other days, the poems felt a little clunky because of the restrictions. I confess, just a very few times, I added a word or changed the order of a few words. I rationalized that a good poem was more important than adhering to my rules.
A fringe benefit of this project was that I became very well-informed because I had to read the newspaper closely to find something to use for my poem. I learned about a lot of things that would have probably passed right by me if not for this project. The topics ran the gamut of the type of stories you see in newspapers—politics, crime, events, holidays, sports, health, science, education, accidents, food, celebrities, etc. A little bit of everything, just like in your local newspaper. Some of the poems had an important message, some were trifles; some of the poems were serious, some were funny. Each poem provided an inspirational, amusing, or poignant view of the topic. Sometimes all three at the same time. I put the poems on my blog, News Print Poetry 2012. Having the blog helped keep me on the task. Every day, I not only posted the poem, but I added a comment, and found a picture to illustrate the poem.