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Nick A. Egelanian



Considered a leading expert on retail and the shopping center industry, Nick A. Egelanian pioneered the segmentation of retail into Commodity & Specialty sub-groups as the author of the retail chapter of the Urban Land Institute's Professional Real Estate Development: The ULI Guide to the Business, 3rd Edition in 2012.

Mr. Egelanian served as VP of Real Estate & New Store Development for Crown Books and FAO Inc/Zany Brainy before forming SiteWorks Retail Real Estate Services in 1992. As President of SiteWorks, Nick has worked with clients including Stuart Weitzman, Balducci’s, Jos. A. Bank, Starbucks, Justice, Lane Bryant, & Zoës Kitchen.

Nick has also advised an array of owners & developers throughout North America, including Vornado Realty Trust, Cadillac Fairview, Madison Marquette, Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust & Bayer Properties, with whom he partnered in the development of over 1.5M sq ft of Specialty Retail. He is currently acting as the chief retail advisor to Sagamore Development, the developer of nearly 250 acres of waterfront property in Baltimore, MD that will house Under Armour’s new 4M sq ft headquarters facility & up to 1.5M sqft of retail in a 15M sqft mixed-use development.

Mr. Egelanian is an active speaker & writer on retail trends & the evolution of the retail industry, & has coined the phrases “Post-Department Store Era” & “Convergence Era” in his numerous articles & editorials in publications such as Shopping Centers Today, Chain Store Age, Shopping Center Business, & the ULI’s Urban Land Magazine. Nick teaches retail real estate development in the Colvin Real Estate Development graduate program within the UMD’s School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation in College Park, MD & is a faculty member at the ICSC’s Univ of Shopping Centers in Philadelphia & Riordan School in Miami.

He earned a Doctor of Law (J.D.) degree at the George Washington Univ National Law Center in 1982 & a BS degree in Finance from UMD, College Park in 1979.

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