Retail Broker Gregg Gropper Leaves NKF for Lee & Associates NYC


Gregg Gropper, a managing director at Newmark (NMRK) Knight Frank, has left the brokerage after 23 years (including a stint at New Spectrum Realty before it was acquired by NKF) to go to Lee & Associates NYC, Commercial Observer can first report. He is now a senior managing director at Lee & Associates, where he started this Tuesday, and is part of the retail leasing group, a Lee & Associates spokeswoman confirmed to CO.

The retail expert made the move, the spokeswoman relayed via email, “because he felt it was time for a new opportunity.”

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Gropper, 50, has represented developers, landlords and tenants. He has found multiple locations for Solstice and Europa Café, as their exclusive representative.

His most recent deals include representing Il Mulino in its relocation across the street to 2,000 square feet at 43 East 20th Street (from 36 East 20th Street), landlord Caro Enterprises in a 2,000-square-foot deal with Sugarfish at 33 East 20th Street and ownership in two Starbucks deals—900 square feet at 515 Madison Avenue for the Gural family and 900 square feet at 1040 Avenue of the Americas for Skyline Developers. As CO reported in 2012, Gropper represented landlord SL Green (SLG) Realty Corp. in a 30,000-square-foot deal with music store Sam Ash at 333 West 34th Street.

A spokeswoman for NKF didn’t immediately provide a comment.