Deb Carlson is a dynamic commercial real estate professional with a successful track record in representing both tenants and landlords in their real estate dealings. She has an extensive background working with large and small retailers, including some of the most successful supermarket operators in the region and is well known for her client-oriented approach.
As a member of the Cushman & Wakefield retail team, Deb has handled multiple transactions on behalf of well-known national retailers such as AAA, Ace Hardware, Affordable Dental Care, Bruegger’s Bagels, Buffalo Wild Wings, CarMax, Dickeys BBQ, Game Stop, Learning Care Group, Live Nation (The Filmore), Red Wing Shoes, Room & Board, Skechers Shoes, Starbucks, The North Face, Toys/Babies R Us, Yogurt Lab and others, as well as prominent regional retailers including Lakewinds Natural Foods and Kowalski’s upscale supermarkets. She has provided exclusive tenant representation for retailers in their Midwest and national retail roll-out, including Lifetouch photography studio, and is the Master Broker for all TCF Bank retail transactions in MN, WI, CO and AZ. Deb led the Cushman & Wakefield team for SpartanNash’s Midwest excess property disposition with great success. On the Landlord side, she has completed many store and land dispositions for Snyder Drug Stores and Sinclair corporate, leased the 135,000 sf North Branch Outlet Center and is currently leasing over 120,000 sf at the Grove Plaza Hy-Vee anchored redevelopment in Cottage Grove.
Awards & Associations
Deb is active in numerous professional organizations, including ICSC, and the Minnesota Shopping Center Association (MSCA) as President in 2014, as well as receiving their 2018 Hall of Fame award. In 2016, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal named her one of their top Women in Business and CoStar recognized Deb as a Power Broker in 2018. Beyond real estate, she is the past Board Chair of Beacon, a non-profit supportive housing developer in the metro area that also serves homeless families with emergency shelter. Deb was the recipient of the Cushman & Wakefield NorthMarq 2015 Community Service Award. She is a University of Minnesota alumni.