GMU: Rebuilding Local Retail: Operations, Design, and Technology

This is a time of unprecedented disruption in retail. Malls are empty and foot traffic to once vibrant shopping centers have plunged. Groceries and pharmacies have done well but restaurants, personal services, and merchandisers have suffered greatly. Consumers increasingly rely on e-commerce, delivery, and take-out. Some retail brands will close for good while others have started to re-open with contactless technology and spacious store layouts. Some stores have morphed into micro-fulfillment centers.

What do all these disruptions mean for the future of retail and retail centers in the metropolitan Washington DC area and around the country? What roles will new design and technology play going forward in the in-store experience and the entire re-opening process of retail?

Join the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship and the Retail Innovation Center of the George Mason School of Business with a panel of retail experts on the future of retail and retail places.

Date: June 24, 2020

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Online
Fee: Free, Registration Required
Registration: Registration Now Closed
For more information, please contact:
Name: Roderick Maribojoc
Email: [email protected]


  • Paul Weinschenk - President for Retail, Peterson Companies
  • Mike Smith - Director for Real Estate, Streetsense
  • Ricardo Belmar - Senior Director, Global Enterprise Marketing, Infovista; RetailWire’s BrainTrust member; and RETHINK Retail Advisor
  • Mark Hasting - former COO of MyEyeDr and Vice President with both Starbucks and Target

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