We are constantly striving to tell our story, but often the most revealing truths come from our clients and partners. We are blessed to work with great people, and thank them for their statements on our behalf.
Retail Strategies Advisory Council
Real Estate Manager at Qdoba Restaurant Corporation
President & CEO, Altus Chamber of Commerce
Sandy Dunbeck, EVP, High Point EDC
Greg Demko, City Manager
Coordinator of Planning and Economic Development
City of Zion, IL
Economic Development Director
Economic Development Director
Artesia, New Mexico
Ray Forsythe, Planning & Development Director
[excerpt from WQAD Angie Sharp, live cast on December 14th, 2017]
Before Retail Academy our team had a basic understanding of Retail Recruitment, our demographics, and how to tell our story. After attending Retail Academy we realized how much we were missing. The level of sophistication in the deliverables as well as the education opened our team’s eyes to all of the opportunity in our market that we didn’t see. Like many communities, we have a great story to tell with the help of Retail Academy we have the confidence, tools, and roadmap to do it.
John Henry, JDPresident, Douglas-Coffee County Economic Development Authority
“Like many rural, small, and mid-size communities, we have a tight budget and assess each investment we make. Our goal is to create a vibrant marketplace that supports current business and attracts complimentary businesses. Retail Academy was the perfect solution. The value we received from the tools, education, and experience at Retail Academy far exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend their service to any community looking to do the same.” Mayor, Crystal Springs, Mississippi
Sally GarlandMayor, Crystal Springs, Mississippi
Retail Strategies has been a tremendous asset to Cypress. They have access to industry and business intelligence in an immensely competitive retail environment. The relationships they develop with commercial/retail property owners delivers results for the city because Retail Strategies excels at marketing their clients.
Peter GrantCity Manager, Cypress, CA
My relationship with the Retail Strategies team has been extremely valuable over the last couple of years as I’ve searched for sites in the Southeast. They have been persistent and provided any information they could gather for available properties that fit my criteria. If they received news that a space was coming available they made sure to immediately give me a call and connect with the owners. I would recommend using this service to any of my colleagues looking in their client cities.
Walter W. Kelley Jr.Associate Broker, Commercial Sales and Leasing, Arc Realty Co.
Thanks for your leads. Farmers Furniture proved to be a great lead that ultimately resulted in a long-term lease agreement, and I’m hoping this lease (along with Ruler Foods, Aaron’s, Vincent Outfitters, etc) creates more interest from other potential tenants.
Jackson MooreOwner of University Plaza, Martin, TN
When considering Retail Strategies versus other consultants, what did you like about Retail Strategies versus your other options? “The work that Retail Strategies conducts AFTER the data collection, separates them from the competition. Not only do they provide the analytic insight, but they establish relationships with potential prospects and then follow up by actively recruiting these prospects on our behalf. This was the key factor in our decision.”
Devin ParksDirector of Economic Development and Government Relations, Conway SC Chamber of Commerce
"We just signed a lease in Tullahoma, TN and it took quite some time. I would have never looked at Tullahoma. I didn’t know much about Tullahoma, I had never been to Tullahoma. It wasn’t on my radar, even though I scoured the state… "We said 'Oh my goodness, OK. There are all these retailers. There’s a hotel there, these all these restaurants there. This must be the spot.' It really got my attention. The town has been waiting for us to come in. It’s a Greenfield, what we call a 'Greenfield' because there is very little competition, and we are opening a 22,000 sq/ft gym in Tullahoma in April or May of 2017. And we are very excited. We appreciate you pointing that out. We believe it is going to do very well. Principal & COO, Planet Fitness Growth Partnersexcerpt from January 2017 Fitness Webinar
Chris CavoloPrincipal & COO, Planet Fitness Growth Partners
The arrangement has been extremely beneficial to Andalusia. Retail Strategies has represented us to countless prospects in a very positive way that we couldn’t have. They provided us with data necessary to complete economic development projects that we were already working on. We introduced local developers to Retail Strategies and encouraged relationships in order to facilitate projects. Some of these relationships have been very productive. The goal is to encourage development through cooperation and sharing information. Retail Strategies is a facilitator, not a competitor to local developers.
John ThompsonCity Clerk/Treasurer, CITY OF ANDALUSIA
The neon “Hot Now” sign is a critical piece of Krispy Kreme’s iconic brand. Our client’s proposed sign, however, did not conform to the local ordinance which put the project in jeopardy. Our relationship with Retail Strategies helped us navigate the restrictions and find common ground with the City of Bartlett. The city gained a successful Krispy Kreme store and we delivered for our client. The RS team was absolutely instrumental in making this happen.
Brian PierceDeveloper/Partner, DEEP RIVERS PARTNERS
"Lacy and her team at Retail Strategies has become a constant resource for our development team. Currently, we leverage their insights and relationships along with their tech savvy approach and local market knowledge. This give us the advantage we need across a number of difficult markets." Director of Real Estate & Development, FOURTEEN FOODS
Brian L. PetersonDirector of Real Estate & Development, FOURTEEN FOODS
Backed by a very talented and productive supporting cast, Retail Strategies has produced compelling demographic reports for our retail program, and have updated all information on a consistent basis. Their reputation with various corporate retail professionals and developers gives us “Instant” credibility. When Retail Strategies tells a prospective company that they “really ought to take a strong look” at our City, they do it.
C. Thomas RobinsonExecutive Director, Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corporation
"We're pleased with the feedback from retailers and the work Retail Strategies has performed. In just a short time, Hartwell has a detailed report of our community demographics, a market study, and -a road map for recruiting retail in the future. We've received good responses and have several interested parties to date. It's getting exciting. "
Brandon JohnsonMayor of Hartwell, Georgia
"What closed the deal finally was when Retail Strategies came in and gave the company the demographic information they wanted and showed the company how Macerich was making the investment in SouthPark Mall."
QCOnline.com “Marketing Efforts for Moline Already Successful” by Dawn Neuses
Ray ForsytheCity Planning & Development Director, Moline
"It’s a hard business, but Retail Strategies has a good track record of being able to help communities obtain businesses that are a good fit for them. The company already knows and works with many national and regional retailers to help them find new locations. We expect the contract with Retail Strategies is going to provide an excellent return on our local investment and is an important part of the revitalization of the Union County Development Association."
New Albany Gazette, “Retail Strategies” January 28, 2015
Wayne MitchellWriter for New Albany Gazette
“I have been more than pleased with the work Retail Strategies has done on behalf of the city. Not only has Retail Strategies worked closely with us but they have also worked directly with a local investment group as well as with both local and regional developers to attract retailers to Liberal. To this point, everyone who has worked with them has given Retail Strategies glowing reviews.”
Jeff ParsonsJeff Parsons, Economic Dev. Director, Liberal, Kansas
"The real estate brokerage community is able to work with Retail Strategies and expose them to the sites we have listed or under development. The company (Retail Strategies) allows us to maximize and multiply our efforts, exposing our Moline locations to potential users across the country."
QCOnline.com “Marketing Efforts for Moline Already Successful” by Dawn Neuses
Jeff MillerJeff Miller, Commercial Broker, Moline
“Our investment in Retail Strategies has been one of the best decisions passed by our Chamber’s leadership. I strongly recommend you consider using their services. You will definitely be pleased with their product.”Agenda Statement for Walker County Chamber
Linda LewisPresident of the Walker County, AL Chamber
John Henry, JD Before Retail Academy our team had a basic understanding of Retail Recruitment, our demographics, and how to tell our story.… Read More
Sally Garland “Like many rural, small, and mid-size communities, we have a tight budget and assess each investment we make. Our goal… Read More
Peter Grant Retail Strategies has been a tremendous asset to Cypress. They have access to industry and business intelligence in an immensely… Read More
Walter W. Kelley Jr. My relationship with the Retail Strategies team has been extremely valuable over the last couple of years as I’ve searched… Read More
Jackson Moore Thanks for your leads. Farmers Furniture proved to be a great lead that ultimately resulted in a long-term lease agreement,… Read More
Devin Parks When considering Retail Strategies versus other consultants, what did you like about Retail Strategies versus your other options? “The work… Read More
Chris Cavolo "We just signed a lease in Tullahoma, TN and it took quite some time. I would have never looked at… Read More
John Thompson The arrangement has been extremely beneficial to Andalusia. Retail Strategies has represented us to countless prospects in a very positive… Read More
Brian Pierce The neon “Hot Now” sign is a critical piece of Krispy Kreme’s iconic brand. Our client’s proposed sign, however, did… Read More
Brian L. Peterson "Lacy and her team at Retail Strategies has become a constant resource for our development team. Currently, we leverage their… Read More
C. Thomas Robinson Backed by a very talented and productive supporting cast, Retail Strategies has produced compelling demographic reports for our retail program,… Read More
Ray Forsythe Ray Forsythe, City Planning & Development Director - Testimonial statement for Retail Strategies Read More
Wayne Mitchell Wayne Mitchell, Writer for New Albany Gazette - Testimonial of success for Retail Strategies Read More