Susan Kurland is an Executive Vice President with the New York Tri-State Region Retail Services Group. Prior to CBRE, Ms. Kurland was Executive Director of Retail Brokerage Services with Cushman & Wakefield’s New York office, where she had been since 1998.
Ms. Kurland is recognized as one of the top retail real estate professionals in the industry. While at Cushman & Wakefield, she consistently achieved recognition as their highest grossing national retail broker, and earned the distinction of being the firm’s senior-most retail brokerage professional. During her more than 15 years in the industry, Ms. Kurland has been instrumental in helping many of the world’s top international retailers enter the US market. In addition to her tenant representation experience, she also specializes in developing local, national and international retail projects, and providing retail consulting and advisory services to both retailers and property owners.
In the area of landlord representation, Ms. Kurland has worked with many prominent property owners, including but not limited to LCOR, Tishman Speyer Properties, Max Capital and W&M Properties.
Ms. Kurland is particularly skilled at representing retailers in their efforts to locate suitable premises in some of the country’s most prestigious retail sectors. In this arena, Ms. Kurland has worked with Jimmy Choo, Georg Jensen, Camper, Graff, Chopard, Anne Fontaine, Longchamp, Louis Feraud, Chopard and American Girl. She has represented Wachovia Bank for its retail banking entry into the intensely competitive Manhattan market, where she successfully completed a series of transactions in several prime Midtown corner locations through a combination of buyouts, lease cancellations and new transactions. Most recently, she has represented Mattel for their House of Barbie concept in Shanghai for 36,000 square feet.
Ms. Kurland is a two-time Real Estate Board of New York award winner, having won the 1999 “Deal That Most Significantly Impacts a Neighborhood” Award for the 36,000 square foot H&M transaction at 640 Fifth Avenue, followed up in 2002 by the prestigious Most Creative Retail Deal of the Year Award for arranging the much-publicized 45,200 square foot American Girl transaction at 609 Fifth Avenue. In 2009 Ms. Kurland was recognized nationally as the #1 CBRE Retail broker.
In addition to Ms. Kurland’s representation of specialty tenants, she has also executed a number of major national roll-outs and unique site acquisitions, including campaigns for Camper Shoes, Benetton, H&M and American Girl. Other noteworthy transactions in which she has been involved include but are not limited to the 90,000 square foot Sports Club/LA deal at Rockefeller Center, 52,000 square foot American Girl deal on North Michigon Avenue in Chicago and the new 39,000 square foot REI Flagship in Soho.