Robert Cohen has 35 years of retail real estate experience. He specializes in tenant and owner representation in major urban retail markets throughout the U.S. with a special concentration in Manhattan and Los Angeles.
As a tenant representative, Mr. Cohen has executed national and regional expansion strategies for numerous retailers, including Canada Goose, Charlotte Olympia, Chrome Hearts, John Varvatos, Johnny Was, Oliver Peoples, Sam Edelman and Swarovski. Most recently, on behalf of Canada Goose, Mr. Cohen arranged 10 leases for stores throughout North America, including New York City, Chicago, Boston, Vancouver and Calgary. He also leased several stores for Johnny Was in the U.S. and two stores for J.Crew’s Madewell in Pasadena and Santa Monica.
Mr. Cohen represented Under Armour in its 53,000-square-foot lease for its Fifth Avenue flagship store in the heart of New York City. He also arranged flagship leases for The Elder Statesman in West Hollywood, Adidas in Santa Monica and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Beverly Hills. He also secured numerous locations for H&M and Ralph Lauren and its brands as well as sites for retailers that include agnès b., Dooney & Bourke, Drybar, Gap Inc., Giorgio Armani, Joe Malone, MAC Cosmetics, Marmot, Montblanc, Oakley, Stussy and YSL.
Currently based in Los Angeles, Mr. Cohen began his career in Manhattan, and he continues to play an active role in shaping the New York City and national retail landscape. Some of his more high-profile transactions have included securing all three Manhattan Old Navy locations; stores for John Varvatos in SoHo and the Bowery; three retail locations and the U.S. headquarters for Adidas; the former Diesel flagship store at 685 Fifth Avenue; six locations for Swarovski; multiple locations for Ralph Lauren and its Club Monaco and RRL brands; and a Nordstrom concept store in SoHo. He was also responsible for the leasing of 25,000 square feet to Prada for its SoHo flagship.
Mr. Cohen also represents an impressive list of ownership clients, including CIM Group, Glimcher, Grosvenor, J.P. Morgan, Kalimian Brothers, Pearlmark Real Estate Partners, Regency Centers, Related Companies, Rockwood and The Sherry-Netherland.
Mr. Cohen joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2019, when parent company Newmark Group, Inc. acquired RKF, a New York-based retail real estate brokerage. In 2007, he led RKF’s expansion into Southern California. Prior to RKF, Mr. Cohen was a managing director at Garrick-Aug Associates. Previously, he worked at Edward S. Gordon and Helmsley-Spear.
Mr. Cohen is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), Urban Land Institute (ULI) and The Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Cohen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Miami.