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Our retail specialists create customized, dynamic solutions for investors, owners, developers and occupiers within the quickly evolving retail sector. 


We know the power great retail spaces can have in shaping entire neighborhoods and cities. These are the kind of places where strangers become friends, schools and services thrive, and little startup stores can show the world what they’re made of. They are the engine room that keeps a community going, which is why we are committed to helping retail real estate grow, every way we can.  

Cushman & Wakefield helps our clients uncover opportunities big and small by curating customer experiences and discovering the best locations for every retail business to grow. Backed by data and loaded with insights, we help our clients make better decisions under any market conditions. We believe that ‘life is what we make it’, so we make sure every store, startup or service has the tools to make dreams a reality.  


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From urban high streets to suburban shopping destinations, and everything in between, Cushman & Wakefield’s retail property specialists leverage industry experience and global perspective to best market properties, align brands with the right opportunities, and provide clients with intelligence for smart decision making.


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It doesn’t take long for you to realize that our team can feel like part of your team. Working closely together, we’ll reveal possibilities and opportunities by creating a retail strategy that attracts new customers and keeps them coming back for more. We move quickly too, because in retail, time and passion make all the difference between a short-term business and one that a community simply can’t live without.


Long-term results come from long-term strategy and a deep understanding of the risks involved within every retail environment. It’s why we’ve become experts at using data and trends to mitigate those risks on a global scale. We’re always looking for emerging patterns in retail to take advantage of the opportunities ahead and to plan for challenges well before they arrive at your door.


We’ve partnered in many amazing achievements in retail. The clients we share them with give us their trust because we have been there before–literally. And not just as advisors. Many of our retail experts have been on the ground floor, managing their own retail businesses or working with some of the world’s best brands. We don’t just leverage our global network, our supply chain, visual merchandising and industry connections, we leverage our own lived experiences to help all of our clients in ways that few others can.


Whether you’re an upscale brand on urban high streets, an established retailer in a suburban center, or a digitally native brand embarking on its first wave of physical stores, a highly customized, data-driven location strategy is crucial to success. Our Retail Location Analytics & Strategy consulting team leverages extensive industry knowledge, proprietary tools and technologies, and global insights to help you understand your consumer, target ideal markets, and optimize your retail portfolio. Let our insights be your guide in creating a winning growth strategy for your business. 

Engage us to: 

  • Analyze market entry and expansion opportunities 
  • Uncover the best store locations  
  • Optimize and rationalize your retail portfolio 
  • Assess retail demand and development feasibility 
  • Conduct customized research and analytics to address unique business needs: market studies, forecasts, portfolio benchmarks, and highest and best-use studies 

Contact: Jim Kierski 

We collaborate with digitally native and emerging brands to bring their customer experience to life. Grounded in data and analytics, we strategically guide new brands through the process of identifying ideal markets, selecting the best locations, and building the physical experience. We work together to drive best practices across experiential, operational, and supply chain to ensure a holistic approach is taken across real estate and omni-channel strategies.  

Engage us to: 

  • Harness online data for physical store success  
  • Identify priority markets and select the best locations 
  • Define the purpose of a new store and convey the brand effectively 
  • Maximize the customer experience while saving on store build-out costs 

Contact: Alanna Loeffler 

Nothing happens on the shop floor, whether digital or physical, that doesn’t have an impact on the supply chain. Ever-changing consumer behaviors mean real estate and supply chain professionals must make quick decisions during a time when nearly every aspect of the industry is in flux. 
Engage us to: 

  • Expand market presence and gain a competitive edge 
  • Optimize logistics and supply chain operations 
  • Maximize operations across your entire portfolio: retail, warehouse, fulfillment, logistics and office 
  • Mitigate risk: speed-to-market, location, and cost 

Contact: Benjamin Conwell

Cushman & Wakefield’s cross-border retail experts are strategically positioned to help international clients translate and navigate the intricacies of U.S. market entry and expansion. Using data-driven insights, we serve as a trusted advisor to help define target consumers, identify top markets, select the right store location, and build a customer experience consistent with a brand’s identity. Our teams are in all major retail markets across the U.S. and everywhere in between, ensuring brands can mitigate their risk and have the industry knowledge, market intelligence, relationships, and transparency at their fingertips to make successful decisions.

Engage us to: 

  • Manage the leasing, acquisition and disposition of properties toward the most favorable outcomes
  • Develop a forward-thinking omnichannel solution that configures around your store and e-commerce network for faster product delivery and efficiency
  • Seamlessly manage the construction of a new store location or renovation
  • Apply tried-and-tested processes, store management technology and facility support to manage each location

Contact: Alanna Loeffler | Learn more about our cross-border retail expansion capabilities

We work with a vast array of experiential brands and entertainment concepts to create immersive and engaging adventures for consumers of all ages. Our consultative, data-driven approach delivers transformational solutions that scale as you grow and enhance the lives of local communities through reduced risk, time savings, and cost savings. 

Engage us to: 

  • Uncover the best locations for your experiential retail venture 
  • Identify new market entry and expansion opportunities grounded in data and analytics 
  • Provide project management support for buildouts  
  • Manage your facilities with centralized operations and innovative technologies  
  • Collect, analyze, and manage your leases as you expand your enterprise 

Contact: Alanna Loeffler 

Cushman & Wakefield uses proven data and insights to help food and beverage occupiers expand into new locations and create memorable dining experiences that keep customers coming back for more. We collaborate with owners, developers and investors to curate a winning retail, food and beverage tenant mix that engages consumers, drives foot traffic and creates meaningful community spaces.

Engage us to: 

  • Identify the best markets and store locations for expansion opportunities
  • Understand your portfolio to improve decision-making, mitigate risk and uncover cost savings
  • Provide project management support for buildouts to ensure on-time, on-budget delivery
  • Attract the right dining options to your asset, whether seasoned chains or innovative new concepts
  • Consult on the development and programming for your food hall 
  • Assist with real estate needs for food and beverage manufacturing, processing and distributing facilities 

Contact: Alanna Loeffler

Cushman & Wakefield serves as the trusted advisor for luxury retailers, offering tailored strategies to secure prime store locations that authentically reflect and enhance brand identities. Our expert brokerage teams leverage industry data, market insights, and extensive connections to navigate the dynamic retail landscape and empower brands to thrive.

Engage us to: 

  • Craft tailored strategies for expansion that align with business objectives and market dynamics
  • Identify on-market spaces and off-market gems in gateway and emerging cities around the world
  • Secure prime locations with favorable lease terms to maximize potential and mitigate risk
  • Provide project management support for buildouts, ensuring seamless execution of store construction and design

Contact: Alanna Loeffler

As consumers continue to demand convenience, accessibility and value from their healthcare providers, companies are responding by adopting retail locations in urban high streets, lifestyle centers, suburban strip malls, and shopping centers. Our retail specialists help healthcare brands reach consumers and stay ahead of the competition with unique real estate solutions customized to this growing sector. 

Engage us to:  

  • Understand community demand and need for specific healthcare services 
  • Uncover the best retail locations for your new practice 
  • Identify new market entry and expansion opportunities grounded in data and analytics 
  • Assist in building a scalable real estate program that will achieve your growth goals while maximizing cost savings and efficiencies  

Contact: Alanna Loeffler 



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How can I increase my retail revenue by expanding my sales channels to bricks-and-mortar/retail real estate?
  • The halo effect proves that when a retailer opens a physical store location, they see their online sales jump by approx. 30% (according to ICSC). This means that not only will the physical store act as an additional sales channel to drive revenue, but it will enhance a brand's online business as well.) 
How can I utilize my e-commerce data to inform my physical store footprint?
  • Brands are harnessing the power of online sales data to inform decision-making across all channels of distribution. Effectively analyzing data such as consumer profiles, demographics, and popular products by consumer type and location ensures new physical stores and their merchandising mix will best meet a brand’s target customer in the market they enter.

  • An intelligent approach to store growth will identify the top markets for growth and target the highest potential submarkets for your new location.
What comprises a successful store location?
  • Brands are harnessing the power of online sales data to inform decision-making across all channels of distribution. Effectively analyzing data such as consumer profiles, demographics, and popular products by consumer type and location ensures new physical stores and their merchandising mix will best meet a brand’s target customer in the market they enter.

  • An intelligent approach to store growth will identify the top markets for growth and target the highest potential submarkets for your new location.


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