Real estate is a complex issue no matter what industry you’re in. For retailers, who typically operate on slim margins and are generally the first industry to feel the effects of variations in consumer spending, navigating the tricky waters of real estate can be especially challenging.
Fortunately, there are a number of expert solution and service providers that specialize in aiding retailers in the development and execution of effective real estate strategies. The companies listed below all offer invaluable assistance to retailers in different areas of real estate management, taking the uncertainty and confusion out of a process where there is little room for error.
A&G Realty Partners
A&G Realty Partners, a commercial real estate advisory and investment group, brings experience, capital and decades of established and trusted relationships. A&G offers a comprehensive set of services that address both common and complex industry issues in today’s marketplace and combine both capital and expert strategic guidance through the entire real estate cycle. A&G is recognized for the creative solutions it applies across a broad spectrum of industry problems, particularly in growth, dispositions, lease renegotiations and due diligence.
A&G engages in a variety of acquisition strategies, including purchasing real estate and mortgages. The company provides mortgages, equity and “rescue” capital, and participates in tactical joint ventures. Through these means, A&G looks to create the most value out of the asset. It creates value out of distressed or underperforming assets by deploying capital and combining that with the team’s restructuring expertise.
Virtual Premise is a leader in best-in-class solutions for retail real estate information management. The company’s software and services help customers deliver on their business strategies by better managing their real estate portfolios. Virtual Premise solutions include strategy and analytics, portfolio management, lease administration, project management, transaction management and lease abstracting services. Virtual Premise differentiates itself by providing best-in-class software that provides superior visibility and control at a value that is unmatched in the industry. Virtual Premise is wholly owned by CoStar Group.
As the expert in cloud-based real estate information management software, Virtual Premise software helps customers become efficient retail organizations that eliminate information silos, open stores faster, improve store expense management, better manage their existing portfolio decisions and leverage all available lease terms to their advantage.
DJM Real Estate, a division of Gordon Brothers Group
Woodbury, N.Y., and Boston
DJM Real Estate, a division of the 110-year Gordon Brothers Group, specializes in occupancy savings, real estate dispositions, growth strategies, strategic reviews, auditing, advisory and equity investments. DJM Real Estate has serviced the nation’s most recognizable brands in healthy and distressed situations. DJM Real Estate clients have included Toys R Us, Pep Boys, Yum! Brands, Food Lion, CompUSA, BI-LO, Office Depot, CVS, Dollar Tree and Winn-Dixie. DJM Real Estate is a leader in finding innovative ways to consolidate and reconfigure real estate to achieve the highest possible value.
DJM Real Estate specializes in occupancy savings, real estate dispositions, growth strategies, strategic reviews, auditing, advisory and equity investments.
Fort Worth, Texas
Customer analytics firm Buxton works with retailers to provide answers to questions around growth and expansion strategies. By knowing where its customers are, a retailer can prioritize existing sites and pinpoint new store or restaurant locations, locally, regionally or internationally, with the greatest sales potential — right down to the intersection. Since 1994, Buxton has worked with more than 2,000 clients, such as Tommy Bahama, OfficeMax, Marriott, TCBY and more.
SCOUT is a Web-based real estate and analytics platform that allows users to analyze any location in the U.S., run custom reports and visualize data on dynamic maps. SCOUT has been utilized by some of America’s leading retailers to select high-performing locations for their stores. Utilizing customer analytics, every decision is backed by hard facts and objective data. Buxton can predict store performance with great accuracy, helping retail chains allocate the right resources for each location.
Bialow Real Estate
Bialow Real Estate is a full-service real estate consulting firm dedicated to servicing the needs of local, regional and national retailers. Based in the Boston metropolitan area with regional offices in Chicago and Atlanta, Bialow’s team of consultants are experienced real estate professionals who specialize in tenant representation only. Bialow works with retail chains and franchised companies that seek to outsource all of the traditional functions of an internal real estate department.
The Bialow team specializes in directing all facets of a retailer’s growth, inclusive of strategic planning, market analysis, site selection, lease negotiations and coordination of the construction process on through to store opening. Bialow works in congruence with an established network of brokers throughout every major metropolitan area in the U.S. The team prides itself on providing the personalized service of a boutique firm with the strength and resources of a large organization.