Dallas-Ft. Worth is the hottest place to scout for retail and restaurant real estate, according to the 2018 Retail and Restaurant Real Estate Outlook from Buxton, a real estate consultancy.

The list is based on sites scored as areas of interest by Buxton clients from October 2016 to October 2017.

The Top 25 Metro Markets Most Evaluated in 2017:  

  1. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
  2. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Ill.
  3. New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa.
  4. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif.
  5. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas
  6. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga.
  7. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Fla.
  8. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.
  9. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, Washington, D.C.-Va.-Md-W.V
  10. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla
  11. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass.-N.H.
  12. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz.
  13. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pa., N.J-De.-Md.
  14. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo.
  15. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C.-S.C.
  16. St. Louis, Mo.-Ill.
  17. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
  18. San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas
  19. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.
  20. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Mich.
  21. Jacksonville, Fla.
  22. Oklahoma City
  23. Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio
  24. Cincinnati, Ohio, Kent., Ind.
  25. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn.