JLL Expands Retail Platform to the Great Lakes Region

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Mary and MelissaAs part of its continued growth in retail brokerage, JLL today announced its expansion into the Great Lakes Region with the addition of Melissa Ruther and Mary Bresnahan as Vice Presidents, Retail Brokerage. The new team will be led by Steve Yenser as part of his current role as National Retail Brokerage Lead for JLL. Together, they will focus on all aspects of retail brokerage activity including tenant representation, project leasing, outparcel sales, new development and redevelopment throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

“We are very excited to add retail brokerage capabilities to our list of client services in the Great Lakes Region, and see a huge opportunity to better serve our current and future clients’ needs. We expect to establish market leading results in the retail sector, as we have with all of our other service lines in the region,” J.C. Pelusi, Great Lakes Market Leader at Jones Lang LaSalle.

Collectively, Ruther and Bresnahan represent a wide range of national and local retailers including: Bloomin’ Brands, DXL, Cabela’s, Chuy’s, Marquee Theater, Matt the Miller Restaurant Group, Nationwide, Starbucks, Red Robin, Time Warner and Toys R Us/ Babies R Us.

Ruther will be based in Cincinnati, and  has more than a decade of real estate experience, and joins JLL from Edge Real Estate Group, LLC., where she was responsible for tenant representation, development, dispositions and agency leasing. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Xavier University, and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Bresnahan will be based in Columbus, and has been involved in the retail brokerage business for more than a decade. She joins JLL from CBRE, where she specialized in lease dispositions, acquisitions of retail developments and tenant representation. She holds real estate licenses in both Ohio and West Virginia, and is active in the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Yenser joined JLL in January of 2010 to lead the firm’s retail local market practice. Since 2012, he has steered the firm’s retail brokerage expansion by adding more than 80 experts, in 20 core markets across the country. Yenser will continue to lead the firm’s national expansion efforts, and will directly lead the retail efforts in the Great Lakes Region.

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