Source: Bisnow

If any of the roughly 30,000 people attending this week’s International Council of Shopping Centers’ RECon event in Las Vegas needed an illustration of the profound trials facing the world of retail, they only needed to watch the news. 
Ascena Retail Group announced Tuesday it would close all 650 of its Dressbarn stores, the latest in a growing line of well-known brands, including Toys R Us and Sears, to undergo massive closures. 
But for all the scary headlines, many conference attendees found the gathering quite optimistic. The initial shock that accompanied the rise of Amazon and other online retailers wore off a long time ago, and…

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