Colleyville benefits from Whole Foods at retail convention

Chuck Dannis, adjuct lecturer at SMU's Cox School of Business, talks about Whole Foods as a trump card for the city of Colleyville at the retail convention.

By Dustin L. Dangli

When Colleyville officials went to Las Vegas in May for an international retail real estate conference, Whole Foods was their trump card.

Marty Wieder, Colleyville Economic Development director, said the city’s trip to the annual International Council of Shopping Centers RECon convention was its most productive.

“In terms of the history of the RECons I’ve attended, I undoubtedly think this was the best year simply because we have something like Whole Foods to lead with,” said Wieder. “That serves as a great entry or segue into discussions with people.”

City leaders attend the convention to begin discussions that will attract new retail to their cities. Chuck Dannis, adjunct lecturer at the Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business and president of Crosson Dannis, a real estate consultation company, said deals are begun and made at the conference.

“It is the single most important event for retailers every year. Something both cities and developers can’t miss,” he said. “Deals are made over a dinner table.”...

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