Co-founder & CEO

Jeff Harpster

Jeff Harpster is Partner, Co-founder, and CEO at ARES Retail Solutions and has been in the commercial real estate business for over 30 years.

Connect With Me


Phone

(561) 445-7585


Location

South Florida Office


Education


  • J.D., UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF LAW
  • B.A., PRE-LAW, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Background


Jeff Harpster is an attorney and former V.P. of Real Estate at Blockbuster Entertainment for 5 years during the most active growth years, (1,800 new store openings / 400+ renewals a year). Jeff was responsible for strategy and execution of Blockbuster’s North American growth, portfolio management and all related real estate and legal functions.

Jeff was theV.P. of Real Estate for the U.S. for Einstein Bagels in the late 90’s during which time Einstein’s opened over 400 stores. He was responsible for managing all aspects of the real estate program for the U.S.

Jeff spent 3 years as an equity partner managing all aspects for development of over 30 single & multi-tenant build to suit projects across the U.S. for Blockbuster, Gateway, Mattress Giant & other retailers while at Insite Real Estate.

Specialties: Jeff has extensive experience in corporate real estate best practices, store portfolio advisory services, lease restructuring, market planning, store roll out and rollup, legal, build to suit, bankruptcy restructuring, mergers and acquisition due diligence.


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Tenant Experience


Blockbuster Entertainment
  • V.P. Real Estate for U.S. & Canada
  • Opened 1,800 Stores in 5 Years
Einstein / Noah Bagel
  • V.P. Real Estate for U.S.
  • Opened 400 Stores in 3 Years

Landlord / Development Experience


Insite Development
  • Equity Partner
  • V.P. Retail Development (Completed Over 30 Freestanding Single and Multi-Tenant Projects)

Legal Experience


Blockbuster Entertainment
  • Senior Real Estate Counsel