Former Charming Shoppes EVP joins A&G Realty
MELVILLE, N.Y. — Retail real estate industry executive Jonathon Graub has joined A&G Realty Partners, a leading commercial real estate, advisory and investment group, as principal. Graub will advise A&G Realty’s retail clients on strategic growth opportunities and assist with their real estate operations.
Graub was most recently EVP of Charming Shoppes, a plus size clothing retail holding company whose divisions include Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug and Catherines Plus. He grew the chain from 1,000 to 2,300 stores. He was responsible for all facets of real estate, including developing and executing growth strategies, new store expansion, site selection, relocating sites, negotiating leases, managing construction, store design, eliminating underperforming locations, lowering occupancy costs and driving large acquisitions. In this role, he led the strategic acquisitions of Modern Woman, Catherines and Lane Bryant and was an integral part of the integration of these companies.
“We are thrilled to have Jon join our team. As our clients continue to operate in the ‘new normal’ that is today’s ever-changing retail real estate landscape, they look to us to provide expert and proven advice on every aspect of the real estate life cycle,” said Andy Graiser, co-president of A&G Realty Partners. “Jon is very well-respected in the retail and investor community and has been extremely successful in growing the Charming Shoppes chain. His experience will be vital to our clients which include several of the country’s leading retail brands.”
“Our business is built on the credibility, expertise and relationships that our team is able to bring to each client, no matter the situation. Jon’s hire underscores our commitment to providing our clients with the most experienced, connected industry-leaders and we are excited to welcome him aboard,” said Emilio Amendola, co-president of A&G Realty Partners.
Since the firm’s launch in July 2012, A&G has handled assignments for several of the country’s leading retail brands including Supervalu, Pier 1, Aldo, CVS, Sbarro, Fashion Bug, Learning Care Group, Design Within Reach, Loehmann’s, Oakley and Restoration Hardware. It specializes in real estate dispositions, lease restructurings, facilitating growth opportunities, valuations and acquisitions.