I don’t watch many movies, but I just saw “What Women Want” with Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. It may sound strange, but it made me think of the changes in the chain store real estate business in the last couple of decades and consider the changes that are still ahead.
Twenty years ago, most of the dealmakers in the chain store industry were men. Business was conducted on golf courses, in restaurants and bars, at sporting events, and other venues of the “good ol’ boy network.” Cambridge Dictionaries Online defines a good ol’ boy as “a man from the southern US who enjoys having fun with his friends, and disapproves of ideas or ways of behaving that are different from his own (see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_ol’_boy_network). Continue reading