Scaling Down Retail Space

Before online shopping became popular and when big-box retailing was all the rage, Manhattan retail owners would spend big bucks to buy out smaller tenants and assemble large spaces for companies like Borders, Circuit City and Barnes & Noble.

Now landlords are starting to do the unthinkable: split those spaces up for smaller tenants.

Manhattan retailers are facing the same intensified pressures from Internet retailers and a slow recovery that are causing big box stores to close and shrink throughout the country. Only here, landlords are better positioned than their suburban counterparts

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