Several Retailers Looking to Expand Shop in 2015

Although Internet shopping has placed pressure on many retailers, there are several concepts that are continuing to thrive. Inexpensive goods stores are expanding such as Dollar Store, Dollar General and Dollar Tree. Wal-Mart correlated with this trend on a much larger scale, looking to expand an additional 60-70 supercenters this year as well as add another 200+ smaller market stores to its’ portfolio. Notable coffee shops like Duncan Donuts and Tim Horton’s are expanding and low cost fashion stores like Forever 21 are also growing. Lastly, Hobby Lobby is looking to expand this year proving that DIY is in. The trends are affordable, one-stop-shop stores and caffeine to name a few. Let’s see how 2015 plays out.

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Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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