By Miriam Hall

Layoffs, political blowback, pay investigations and market contractions dominate the headlines when it comes to the sector — less than a year after operators blazed into markets as the latest retail darling. As these outfits look to rightsize their businesses and stop the financial bleeding, they are being forced to consider how to navigate shifting consumer demands, tight economics and what could be a frosty reception from the retail real estate community.

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