Steve Gartner’s entire professional career has been dedicated to the commercial real estate industry, culminating with him joining CBRE’s global retail platform as Executive Vice President. Steve also held a dual-role as Managing Director of Retail in the greater Mid-Atlantic region, part of the leadership that guided over 500 CBRE retail advisory and transaction professionals in North America.
Currently, Steve is delivering customized Enterprise Solutions for both retailers and owners/investors. By utilizing the multiple disciplines of the entire CBRE platform, he is providing winning strategies in today’s complex retail climate, both in the US and worldwide. For retailers, it involves strategy, site selection, logistics, facilities management, and construction/project management. For owners/investors, it seamlessly connects design/placemaking, marketing, construction, operations, development, and capital markets. It further integrates the full power of CBRE’s non-retail expertise, such as office, industrial, hospitality, and multi-family expertise to a retail-derived project.
From his hometown base of Philadelphia, Steve has represented the expansion of some of the household names in retailing, and is an innovative marketer of both new and existing properties, ranging from suburban strip centers to the storefronts that have become part of the Center City renaissance. He has negotiated hundreds of highly visible transactions ranging from big-box roll-outs to prestige boutiques, having been involved in multiple leases for Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, Old Navy, Kohls, Brooks Brothers, David’s Bridal, Kohl’s, Marshalls/TJ Maxx, Crate & Barrel, and The Cheesecake Factory.
His property activities concentrate on high-street and premium projects in the region. Long-term, high-profile advisory and leasing engagements include the successful remerchandising of Suburban Square on Philadelphia’s Main Line, one of the most storied retail properties in the nation, and owned by Kimco. Steve also leads the team on 2.5 MSF Schuylkill Yards, one of the most ambitious mixed-use projects in the US. The CBRE team is advising Brandywine Realty Trust on the retail component of this multi-block development in Philadelphia’s University City on the banks of the Schuylkill River.
Prior to CBRE, Steve served as President and Partner of Metro Commercial Real Estate, and before that, was chief Operating Officer of Michael Salove Company (now MSC Retail). During that time, he brokered two of the largest shopping center sales in recent years, the sale of Riverview Plaza & Columbus Crossing for $75 million, and the sale of Quartermaster Plaza for $91 million, both purchased by Cedar Shopping Centers.
Steve is a past PA/NJ/DE chair for The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He has served as an expert contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Fox’s Good Day Philadelphia, and as a guest lecturer at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and George Washington University, his alma mater., where he remains active in real estate affairs.