Niche properties

What's Hot in Fast-Casual?

These restaurant concepts lead the pack.

Fast-casual restaurants are the industry’s fastest-growing sector. These restaurants serve meals between $7 and $10 in price, and made-to-order in five to eight minutes. Customers make menu selections at a counter and food is brought to customers’ tables. Locations have nice ambience and décor. These 10 fast-casual concepts are the sector’s hottest based on their innovative ideas and influence on the market, according to Fast Casual magazine.

1. Panera Bread, Richmond Heights, Mo., 1,000 locations

2. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Denver, 500+ locations

3. Qdoba, Denver, 318 locations

4. McAlister’s Deli, Ridgeland, Miss., 200 locations

5. Starbucks, Seattle, 7,100+ independent locations (5,300+ licensed locations)

6. Buffalo Wild Wings, Minneapolis, 415 locations

7. Pei Wei, Scottsdale, Ariz., 107 locations

8. Cold Stone Creamery, Scottsdale, Ariz., 1,200+ locations

9. RedBrick Pizza, Palmdale, Calif., 60 locations

10. Moe’s Southwest Grill, Atlanta, 200+ locations


From Strength to Strength

Winter 2022

Amid steadily increasing occupancy and rents, self-storage is primed for continued growth in the next year. 

Read More

Mixing It Up: Considerations for a Retail-Residential Development


Looking at one hypothetical project can highlight the opportunities and challenges associated with mixed-use developments. Mixed-use developments, by definition, include competing and often mutually exclusive interests. A developer wants to attract customers to the corner bistro, but those in the rental prop

Read More

Space Explorations


In Seattle, they’re called SEDUs — small efficiency dwelling units. In Boston, they’re known as innovation units. Chicago has a group of them called Flats. But while there’s variety in what developers call tiny apartments, there’s no question that microunit apartments are big news. 

Read More

Going Green


With sales approaching $10 billion in 2018, the emerging cannabis industry looks to establish itself despite obstacles related to nonstandard property development.

Read More