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Ross L. Kaplan

Executive Managing Director

Ross Kaplan joined Newmark Knight Frank's retail division in 2004 and currently serves as an executive managing director at the firm's Manhattan headquarters. Mr. Kaplan focuses on tenant representation, both on a national and local level, as well as landlord representation, ground-up developments and existing office and residential properties.

Recent Accomplishments
Most notably on the landlord side, Mr. Kaplan currently represents Fosun International Limited at 28 Liberty (formerly One Chase Manhattan Plaza), where ownership is in the process of converting 200,000 square feet of its 2 million-square-foot office property into four levels of retail. Mr. Kaplan has secured a number of tenants in advance of the project's completion, including a 45,000-square-foot movie theater, and has advised Fosun on a deal with the operator on the 30,000-square-foot food hall on the premises.

Mr. Kaplan has also recently undertaken several significant assignments on behalf of tenants. He represented Venchi, a gourmet Italian chocolate manufacturer with more than 85 locations internationally, in opening its first New York City location at 861 Broadway in Union Square. He will continue to assist the chocolate concept as it conducts a major nationwide expansion. In addition, he recently relocated Davide Cenci to 1015 Madison Avenue and exclusively represents Little Collins Café.

Select Clients

Mr. Kaplan has represented and completed transactions with such top-tier organizations as Alchemy Properties, Angelo Gordon & Company, The Ascend Group, AvalonBay Communities Inc, The Carlyle Group, The Clarett Group, CIM Group, The Durst Organization, Goldman Sachs, Gotham Organization, Guardian Life Insurance, ING Clarion, Madison Capital Inc., The Moinian Group, Prudential Real Estate Investors, Solil Management, Solow Management Corporation, Tishman Speyer and Young Woo & Associates. In completing these assignments, he secured such noteworthy tenants as Bank of America, Bluemercury, Capital One, Chopt Creative Salad Company, CVS Pharmacy, Jamba Juice, Kumon North America, LensCrafters, Levi's, Scottrade, Starbucks, Sweaty Betty, Sweetgreen, TD Bank, Wachovia, Wells Fargo and White House Black Market.

Mr. Kaplan has worked extensively with retail condominium sales, representing purchasers and sellers throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Mr. Kaplan has successfully completed transactions on the tenant side with Aerosoles, Balducci's, CVS Pharmacy, Gothic Cabinet Craft, JackRabbit Sports, Jacques Torres Chocolates, Malia Mills Swimwear, Nine West, Rena Lange, Salumeria Rosi, Steve Madden and The Vitamin Shoppe.

Currently, Mr. Kaplan is advising Rudigier and Partner on its brand's expansion plans, which include Gloriette, Mabrun, Rena Lange and St. Emile. He is also responsible for Plum Market's expansion into New York City, Washington, DC, and Boston, which requires 17,000 to 30,000 square feet.

Other Noteworthy Transactions

  • Other career highlights of Mr. Kaplan include:
  • Leased more than 200,000 square feet for CVS Pharmacy across 15 locations
  • Secured the Alamo Drafthouse at 28 Liberty
  • Completed leasing of 26,000 square feet at 200 West End Avenue
  • Represented The Klein Group in the purchase of the 26,000-square-foot retail condominium at 200 West End Avenue
  • Secured Rena Lange's flagship at 791 Madison Avenue
  • Secured Balducci's Gourmet Café at Hearst's corporate headquarters

Professional Achievements and Affiliations
Mr. Kaplan has been one of Newmark Knight Frank's top five grossing retail brokers for the last five years. The company has honored him with its Associate Broker of the Year award twice, in 2005 and 2006.

Mr. Kaplan is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and its retail committee, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Young Men's/Women's Real Estate Association of New York (YMWREA) and the Real Estate New Leadership Cabinet of Israel Bonds. He also serves on NKF's Young Leadership Counsel as a mentor to junior brokers.

Mr. Kaplan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing/business management from the University of Maryland.

Ross L. Kaplan
Ross L. Kaplan
Executive Managing Director
125 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
United States
T  212.850.5418
Fax: 212.372.2465

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Areas of Specialization
  • Tenant Representation
  • Landlord Representation