Rizzuto of Transwestern: NYC retail always an anomaly
November 25, 2013 - Spotlights
Title: Vice President | Northeast Region
Years with company/firm: 2
Years in field: 7+
Years in real estate industry: 7+
Real Estate Associations/Affiliations: CCIM, ICSC
Are retailers finding the types of properties that they want right now and are tenants happy with the sites available to them?
We believe that, yes, many retailers are finding exactly what they want because they are becoming more creative in their thinking about sites, but also hiring more "out-of-the-box" minded brokers to assist, which can have a tremendous impact all around.
In the current economic climate what kinds of deals are out there and who is the typical buyer? Consumer?
In the retail space, there is still a good mix of established and value play real estate though we are finding that it's actually the current owners who are essentially "buying their own centers" by investing in them again and making them much more attractive. They realize that it's either do that or sell. Less and less are looking to actually sell because the market is getting better. Retail size ranges are smaller, but the market is solid.
Generation Y'ers are now staying in the city and the baby boomers are actually returning to the city from the suburbs. How has this affected your business and NYC retail in general?
NYC retail in our opinion is and always will be an anomaly. The city is pretty nimble, there is not much that truly affects it negatively. It's steady and growing in NYC.
What are you hoping to accomplish by attending and/or exhibiting at the show and what is different about this year's show?
We're hoping to continue laying the foundation for Transwestern's presence - retail and otherwise - in the Northeast and our overall capabilities both domestically and internationally. What's different is that people have now been exposed to the brand in the Northeast for two years. They are becoming more familiar with our name, making it easier to explain who we are and what we do.
One year after the devastation of hurricane sandy, the redevelopment of many of New York's damaged areas has shed some light on this disaster with additional plans for expansion in the locations affected by Sandy. How will this affect NY retail and your business in particular?
I think Sandy, as devastating and tragic as it was, has opened the eyes of many people - especially developers, who now see potential where there was "none" before....they just all know that their new construction better be top shelf and able to withstand hurricanes in the future.
How did your company withstand the recession and what changes have you made to grow and succeed during the recovery of the retail market?
Transwestern performed fantastic throughout the entire recession. They remained focused, on course, tried their best to help any families severely adversely affected (internal and external), hired organizationally like- cultured people when no one else was in the hiring mode and kept true to their mission - hire the best in class talent to keep specializing in agency leasing, property and facilities management, tenant advisory, capital markets, development, research and sustainability.
How does your company use social media? Has social media been a beneficial tool in generating more business?
We use it in many ways, from announcing important events - like our revered TrendLines New York event on December 10th - to keeping the world abreast of our agency and tenant exclusives. Social media is a necessary tool and therefore, when used correctly, is beneficial.