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New York Real Estate Journal

Now is the time for global brands to enter the New York City retail market – by Lee Block

The story of brick-and-mortar retail’s demise has been a popular narrative both far and wide. The recent spate of nationwide store closings and bankruptcies from well-established brands have caused some alarm amongst retailers. In New York City specifically, high retail rents have priced out many businesses as landlords demand top dollar. In turn, vacancy rates have steadily climbed over the past 24 months to levels approaching those seen at the height of the Great Recession.

However, the economy of New York City today is much different from that in 2008, or even at the height of the retail boom in 2014 – in fact, it is more robust than ever. The Gross City Product (GCP) of New York is $1.5 trillion, second only to Tokyo amongst cities, and would rank amongst the top 20 countries in economic output – placing it just behind Canada ($1.6 trillion). Moreover, the city’s growth rate continues to outpace other major industrialized European cities, and the U.S. as a whole. New York’s GCP has grown at a rate of 2.3% in Q1 and Q2 of 2017, while the U.S. GCP has grown at a rate of 0.7% during the same time. New York is also adding over 33,000 jobs (3.1%) per quarter in 2017. And its unemployment rate of 4.3% is the lowest ever recorded for the city. In a time where wage stagnation is a major concern for the U.S. and other industrialized economies, New York’s personal income rose 9% year-over-year from 2016.

With that knowledge in hand, it can be inferred that climbing vacancy rates and ensuing rent reductions in the retail sector are not signs of an economic downturn, but market course-correction – one that can be seen as an unprecedented opportunity for foreign retailers to break into the New York market at deeply-discounted rental rates and abundant landlord concessions.

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Winick Realty Group is one of New York’s prominent real estate firms specializing in retail leasing and advisory services.  Over the years, Winick Realty has served a broad range of domestic and global clients, with a strong emphasis on long-term representation and expansion and growth strategies.  Winick Realty Group is highly recognized as a forerunner in the retail real estate market.

New York Observer

MAPIC 2017: Retail Headwinds Can’t Cloud the Vibe in Sunny Cannes

At this year’s MAPIC in Cannes, France, there was a mix of concern as well as optimism.

Fred Posniak of Empire State Realty Trust told Commercial Observer that there was “no doom-and-gloom” vibe at the international retail property trade show—and if attendance at MAPIC was any indication, things aren’t so bad. This year’s attendance was up 100 people to roughly 8,500 participants from 2016, according to MAPIC Director Nathalie Depetro. Like last year, attendees hailed from 260 countries around the world.

In New York City specifically, deals are starting up again after a dry spell, as evidenced by the recent transactions involving Levi’s, which is moving its Times Square store to a new 17,250-square-foot location at 1535 Broadway, and Vans, which agreed to take 8,573 square feet for its second Manhattan location at 530 Fifth Avenue.

“I think there is momentum,” said Lee Block of Winick Realty Group.

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Winick Realty Group is one of New York’s prominent real estate firms specializing in retail leasing and advisory services.  Over the years, Winick Realty has served a broad range of domestic and global clients, with a strong emphasis on long-term representation and expansion and growth strategies.  Winick Realty Group is highly recognized as a forerunner in the retail real estate market.

Solving complex real estate problems using empirical data and storytelling

Technology has revolutionized the commercial real estate industry, making consumer and market data readily available to brokers and analysts. Real estate professionals can now instantly access data about an area of interest on a level of granularity once thought unimaginable.

This abundance of data has changed how decisions are being made. Locational decisions now require more thoughtful and insightful analyses to satisfy growing demands from clients.

One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed is that clients and investors now expect a greater level of insight into a market. These decision-makers don’t just want data, they want the right data, presented in a way that is highly consumable, relevant, and relatable; that emphasizes traits, characteristics and nuances of a given trade area and marketplace.

The challenge becomes satisfying these needs succinctly, without sacrificing valuable qualities. In this demanding environment, real estate professionals need to bring sites to life by becoming master story tellers.

This is precisely what innovative leaders like Matt Felton of Datastory Consulting and Winick Realty Group have done.

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Winick Realty Group is one of New York’s prominent real estate firms specializing in retail leasing and advisory services.  Over the years, Winick Realty has served a broad range of domestic and global clients, with a strong emphasis on long-term representation and expansion and growth strategies.  Winick Realty Group is highly recognized as a forerunner in the retail real estate market.

10 New York Names to Watch

A Single-Sector Expert Diversifies

Founded in 1982 as the second-ever commercial leasing firm solely focused on retail, Winick Realty Group has branched out from leasing— and retail—for the first time. In July, Winick said it had hired David Workman, formerly executive managing director of Savitt Partners, to lead a team that will handle investment sales, office leasing, 1031 exchanges, land sales and a host of other commercial real estate services on a local, national and international basis. Company founder Jeff Winick has been “diversifying the service lines, and they have a stellar reputation in retail,” Workman says. The company is “leveraging amazing relationships” that it has established with clients for which it has done numerous multiple deals. “They really know their stuff. Their platform is about detail orientation: knowing your product, knowing your market and knowing how to put them together.” One result of the relationships that the Winick Realty team has cultivated is the number of off market transactions Workman and his team have handled, whether through assignments brought to them by clients or solutions the team has devised. Workman also cites the analytics and data efforts spearhead by EVP Kenneth Hochhauser as a factor in expanding the 35-year-old firm’s existing service lines.

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Winick Realty Group is one of New York’s prominent real estate firms specializing in retail leasing and advisory services.  Over the years, Winick Realty has served a broad range of domestic and global clients, with a strong emphasis on long-term representation and expansion and growth strategies.  Winick Realty Group is highly recognized as a forerunner in the retail real estate market.

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Winick Realty Group Expands Commercial RE Efforts with Addition of Investment Sales & Commercial Leasing Division

david-workman-print-ver-profile-001Winick Realty Group, founded in 1982 as the second-ever commercial leasing firm solely focused on retail, has announced an expansion of its commercial real estate efforts for the first time in its 35-year history.

The firm has hired David Workman, formerly Executive Managing Director of Savitt Partners, to lead a team of brokers who will handle investment sales, office leasing, 1031 exchanges, land sales and a host of other commercial real estate services on a local, national and international basis. The new investment sales and commercial division will leverage Winick’s existing retail relationships, as well as harness the incredible analytics and data efforts led by Executive Vice President Kenneth Hochhauser, in order to bring new, expanded levels of service to the Winick Realty Group brand.

“Our vision is to expand upon and establish even more resources, such as investment, acquisitions, dispositions and commercial leasing, within the array of services this iconic firm already provides,” said Workman. “For more than three decades, they have specialized in retail leasing and now, with this new department, landlords and tenants alike can also take advantage of an expertise in all aspects of commercial real estate in both the leasing and sales arenas. We are excited to add additional services for the company to offer their clients.”

Workman comes to Winick Realty Group with more than 30 years of experience, during which time he has been involved in investment sales and leasing transactions valued over $1 billion. His career has run the gamut from commercial leasing to investment sales to the sale of land and air rights.

Over the course of his career, Workman executed multiple 1031 exchanges in New Jersey, Florida and New York, among others. Workman acted as buyer broker for a foreign investment group in the acquisition of two off-market downtown office buildings at 67 Broad Street (now 75 Broad Street) and 39 Broadway, totaling approximately 1.2 million square feet. He sold seven supermarkets and five CVS locations totaling approximately 400,000 square feet in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina to The Rosen Organization, as well as 1,000 acres of land at the Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club in Roscoe, NY to one of the largest landlords in Palm Beach. Workman represented Pace University in the off-market acquisition of 100,000 square feet at 106 Fulton Street; sold more than 100,000 square feet of air rights at 310 West 52nd Street to Sant Chatwal, the developer of the Dream Hotel; and oversaw the marketing and eventual sale of 80-90 Livingston Street, a multi-use building comprised of existing retail and residential units with development rights in Brooklyn.

On the commercial leasing side, Workman has successfully completed commercial leasing efforts on behalf of Wilhelmina Models, Fiduciary Trust, First Investors, Metromedia, Masco Corporation, Met Life, Zurich Reinsurance and many others. Coincidentally, the only retail deal Workman has ever completed was with Winick Realty Group, having worked with Executive Vice President Darrell Rubens a decade ago to lease more than 23,000 square feet to Gold’s Gym at 90 John Street.

Workman leads a team that includes new hires Elana Tsyganko and Max Kostikov, both of whom come to Winick with more than six years of commercial leasing and sales experience, as well as salesperson Matthew Schwartz. Derek Weinberger, who has been an Investment Sales Associate at Winick Realty Group since 2015, where he focuses on properties in New York City and Long Island, will now be working with Workman as well. The team brings together years of experience in real estate investment and deal structuring and they are poised to take on any job required to give their clients the insight and expertise they need.

“I am honored to join Winick Realty Group in this effort and I am heartened to know that I have their full support,” said Workman. “I like the fact that CEO Jeff Winick and President Steven Baker, along with all of the partners here at Winick Realty Group, believe in what we are doing and they are completely behind us. One of the most attractive things about this new venture is being able to have the support of a cutting-edge, market-savvy team. Given the immediate reaction of the entire Winick organization in bringing their potential business opportunities and relationships, we expect to be very busy.”

“It is a pleasure to welcome David Workman and our entire new commercial leasing and investment sales team as they lead Winick Realty Group into its next chapter,” said Steven E. Baker, President of Winick Realty Group. “We look forward to being able to offer our clients a full range of commercial leasing and investment sales services and I am confident we have the right team in place to make this new division a great success.”

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Winick Realty Group is one of New York’s prominent real estate firms specializing in retail leasing and advisory services.  Over the years, Winick Realty has served a broad range of domestic and global clients, with a strong emphasis on long-term representation and expansion and growth strategies.  Winick Realty Group is highly recognized as a forerunner in the retail real estate market.

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Winick Realty Expands Commercial Division With Workman Hire

max-kostikov-print-ver-profile-001David Workman, a former executive managing director with Savitt Partners, has joined Winick Realty Group as part of the firm’s first effort to expand its commercial real estate services operations in its 35-year history.

The retail commercial leasing firm reports it has hired Workman to lead a team of brokers charged with investment sales, office leasing, 1031 exchanges, land sales and a host of other commercial real estate services responsibilities on a local, national and international basis. The new investment sales and commercial division will leverage Winick’s existing retail relationships, as well as harness the firm’s analytics and data efforts led by EVP Kenneth Hochhauser.

“Our vision is to expand upon and establish even more resources, such as investment, acquisitions, dispositions and commercial leasing, within the array of services this iconic firm already provides,” says Workman. “For more than three decades, they have specialized in retail leasing and now, with this new department, landlords and tenants alike can also take advantage of an expertise in all aspects of commercial real estate in both the leasing and sales arenas.”

Workman has more than 30 years of commercial real estate investment sales and leasing experience. His career has run the gamut from commercial leasing to investment sales to the sale of land and air rights. Over the course of his career, Workman executed multiple 1031 exchanges in New Jersey, Florida and New York, among others.

Workman also acted as buyer broker for a foreign investment group in the acquisition of two off-market downtown office buildings at 67 Broad St. (now 75 Broad St.) and 39 Broadway, totaling approximately 1.2 million square feet. He sold seven supermarkets and five CVS locations totaling approximately 400,000 square feet in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina to The Rosen Organization, as well as 1,000 acres of land at the Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club in Roscoe, NY to one of the largest landlords in Palm Beach.

Among some of his other high-profile deals include his representation of Pace University in the off-market acquisition of 100,000 square feet at 106 Fulton St. He also sold more than 100,000 square feet of air rights at 310 West 52nd St. to Sant Chatwal, the developer of the Dream Hotel, and also oversaw the marketing and eventual sale of 80-90 Livingston St., a multi-use retail and residential building with development rights in Brooklyn.

On the commercial leasing side, Workman has successfully completed commercial leasing efforts on behalf of: Wilhelmina Models, Fiduciary Trust, First Investors, Metromedia, Masco Corporation, Met Life, Zurich Reinsurance and many others.

Workman leads a Winick Realty Group team that includes new hires Elana Tsyganko and Max Kostikov, both of whom come to Winick with more than six years of commercial leasing and sales experience, as well as salesperson Matthew Schwartz.

Derek Weinberger, who has been an investment sales associate at Winick Realty Group since 2015 where he focuses on properties in New York City and Long Island, will be working with Workman as well.

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Winick Realty Group is one of New York’s prominent real estate firms specializing in retail leasing and advisory services.  Over the years, Winick Realty has served a broad range of domestic and global clients, with a strong emphasis on long-term representation and expansion and growth strategies.  Winick Realty Group is highly recognized as a forerunner in the retail real estate market.