From the monthly archives: "March 2012"

melinda-miller-profile-001 (2)Melinda Miller

Tel: 212-792-2662

Areas of Specialization: Retail Brokerage and  Advisory Services (Tenant and Owner Representation)

Areas of Expertise: Manhattan, Tri State Area

Professional Experience

Melinda Miller joined Winick Realty Group in the Spring of 2012 with a focus on both landlord and tenant representation. Ms. Miller has been appointed to handle the marketing of some of New York City’s most prestigious flagship properties. She was recently selected by Walter & Samuels to manage the leasing of their New York City retail real estate portfolio, which has not been exclusively outsourced in more than 50 years.

Ms. Miller brings extensive experience to her role at Winick Realty Group, having worked with major national retail brands such as Starbucks, which she managed exclusively on behalf of Breslin Realty on Long Island. During her tenure at Breslin Realty, Ms. Miller oversaw the selection of multiple Starbucks retail sites in both Nassau and Suffolk counties, and she has worked with several well-known tenants, including Beach Bum Tanning. She also served as the Director of Leasing for a developer in downtown St. Louis, MO, where she secured American Apparel’s first executed lease in the market, as well as 22,000 sf of office space to progressive wind energy company Wind Capital and a 3,000 sf store on Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis to a local apparel company within seven months of being with the company.

A native of southern Missouri, Ms. Miller graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Business Administration.

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New York Observer

The Plan

All the hungry folks passing through the new Fulton Street Transit Center or streaming out of City Hall on lunch breaks who find themselves craving flour tortillas, cilantro-lime rice or braised carnitas will be in luck—there’s a new Chipoltle in town. Winick Realty Group broker Darrell Rubens helped rent the space at 281 Broadway to the restaurant, which opened in 2,300 square feet of space there about a month ago. After the jump, Mr. Rubens reviews the floor plan with The Commercial Observer and explained why, exactly, Chipoltle chose to take a bite.

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Three New Retail Leases at Columbus Square

Three retail tenants have become the latest additions to the mixed-use development on the Upper West Side called Columbus Square, which has turned Columbus Ave from 97th to 100th Streets into a shopping corridor.

Michael’s Arts & Crafts and HomeGoods have both selected Columbus Square for their first Manhattan retail store. A third retailer, an as-yet-unnamed children’s clothing concept, has selected Columbus Square as the site of its Manhattan flagship store. This retailer has taken 7,000 square feet of ground floor space in addition to a 2,200-square-foot basement at 808 Columbus Avenue.

Winick Realty Group LLC Associate Director Kelly Gedinsky represents the retail at Columbus Square with Executive Vice President Lori Shabtai.

Backed by a major athletic company, the children’s concept store was represented by Winick Realty Group LLC Senior Managing Director Zach Mishaan, who will continue to act as the company’s exclusive broker going forward.

At nearby 805 Columbus Avenue, Starbucks Coffee Company has leased 1,200 square feet on the corner of 100th Street, filling the last corner availability at the property, according to Gedinsky. Adjacent to the new Starbucks storefront, a 1,500-square-foot space was leased to Verizon Wireless. Jason Daniels and David Landes of Royal Properties represented Verizon in the transaction, while David Firestein of SCG Retail represented Starbucks.

Since Winick Realty Group LLC began marketing the 350,000-square-foot retail project, which sits just south of Columbia University and just west of Central Park at the base of 780 newly-built residential units, the company has brought TJ Maxx, Sephora, Whole Foods, Crumbs, Petco, Associated Supermarket, Chase Bank, Bank of America, Modell’s Sporting Goods, the Ryan Center, the Solomon Schechter School and the Mandell School to the asset.

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Commercial Observer Now

Winick Realty Group retail duo of Jeff Winick and Darrell Rubens have been brought on to handle the retail leasing for 100 Broadway…

Once the site of a massive Borders bookstore, the sprawling retail space has already had two-thirds of it leased out to the Walgreens-owned Duane Reade.

Now at the helm of 100 Broadway, Mr. Rubens is eager to bring a retailer into the remaining 4,400 square feet of vacant storefront space, possibly an outfitter like American Apparel of Joe Fresh.

There is also a 9,000 square foot lower level space that has never been used for retail purposes before. The group plans on combining both the ground and lower floor space for a big-box tenant, it said in a press release.

With the riff-raf from the Occupy Wall Street protests from nearby Zucotti Park no longer a presence, Mr. Rubens is eager to see the remaining barricades removed.

“I am happy the protesters aren’t in Zuccotti Park anymore, and I would love to see New York City take down the rest of the barricades in Lower Manhattan and make it open,” said Mr. Rubens. “One thing is we don’t have any barricades on our site. It’s more open than ever.” Mr. Rubens, a 16-year veteran of Winick Realty, is no stranger to the Financial District’s retail scene. He handled the leases for popular fashion stores like Century 21 and TJ Maxx, the latter whom he leased their first downtown store at 14 Wall Street.

He said he spent the past 10 years focusing solely on retail opportunities in the Financial District.

“It wasn’t until after 9/11 when building owners started converting office buildings into residential. I really made [retail] my focus,” he said.

With the new Fulton Street station and the new World Trade Center site both close to opening, he thinks now is a ripe time for retail, especially with the influx of a younger breed of everyday professional.

“Conde Nast is going to be down there, which will be a whole new demographic,” he added.

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New York City Top 2011 Retail Leasing Brokers

Steven E Baker Winick Realty Group
Brad Cohen Ripco Real Estate
Jared L Epstein Aurora Capital Associates
Alexander Hill Winick Realty Group
Ann La Centra Winick Realty Group
Jared Lack Newmark Knight Frank Retail
David LaPierre CBRE
Perry R Mesmer Colliers International
Sean Moran CBRE
Christopher Owles Sinvin Real Estate
Jason Pennington Ripco Real Estate
Laura H Pomerantz PBS Gould Venture, LLC
Jeffrey D Roseman Newmark Knight Frank Retail
Ariel Schuster Robert K. Futterman & Associates, LLC
Patrick A Smith SRS Real Estate Partners
Richard Smith Winick Realty Group
Barrett Stern Grubb & Ellis
Jeff Winick Winick Realty Group
Amira Yunis CBRE
Cory G Zelnik Zelnik & Company, LLC



The Change Group Leases Seventh NYC Location

Richard Smith is a broker at Winick Realty GroupThe Change Group, the family-owned foreign currency and travel services provider, has leased 110 square feet at 22 West 34th St between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Herald Square.

The store is scheduled to open within the next two months. This will be The Change Group’s seventh store in New York City.

Winick Realty Group LLC Director Richard Smith and Associate Director Tatiana Jung represented The Change Group in the 10-year lease transaction. Landlord Sol Goldman was represented in house.

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