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NGKF bolsters national retail team

Jessica Curtis
Jessica Curtis

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF)’s addition of national retail specialist Jessica Curtis to its Greenwich, Conn. office, is the company’s most recent effort to enhance its coast-to-coast retail services footprint.

Curtis joins as the office works with major brands such as Design Within Reach, Vineyard Vines, Waterworks and Crunch Fitness.

“We’ve seen an increased investment in retail brands by private equity clients that boosts the demand for experienced retail brokers to service this work both locally and across the country,” said James Ritman, executive vice president and managing director at NGKF.

“Jessica sets the standard for servicing clients, from local landlord or tenant representation to national tenant rollouts.”

As senior managing director, Curtis will focus on representing national clients in their expansion plans as well as working with local retailers and restaurants that are ready to grow beyond their current locations.

She exclusively represents Barteca Restaurants, the Connecticut-based restaurant group that owns Barcelona Wine Bar and Bartaco. Under Curtis’ stewardship, over the past five years, the restaurant group has grown from six Connecticut locations to 20 existing and soon-to-open locations from Boston to Atlanta.

In 2014, Barcelona Wine Bar was named one of the 20 Breakout Brands of Year by Nation’s Restaurant News.

Curtis brings 12 years of experience, most recently as an associate director at Cushman & Wakefield. Before that, she held positions at Retail Portfolio Solutions and Gordon Group Holdings.

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