Illinois continues to see big box stores close. That means lost jobs, less tax revenue and often empty store space.
Still, Joe Fackel – with the Canvass Group – says he’s optimistic about the future of retail. The city of Springfield recently hired his firm to look at vacant shopping space in the capital city.
NPR Illinois talked with Fackel about the retail trends he’s seeing.
Below is a lightly edited transcript.
NPR Illinois: What’s the problem you’re trying to solve?