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


Blockbuster Entertainment – Jeff is an attorney and was the Vice President and senior real estate officer for the U.S. and Canada for Blockbuster Entertainment during peak growth years from 1992 thru 1996. Blockbuster opened over 1,800 new stores during his 5-year tenure. Jeff was responsible for and managed all aspects of new store growth, existing store portfolio management and all related real estate and legal functions and personnel for Blockbuster Video, Music, Discovery Zone and Virgin Music. He was also part of the M&A team.

ARES Retail Solutions – Jeff co-founded ARES Retail Solutions in 2009 and is currently CEO. ARES is a real estate advisory, solutions and transactions firm focused on “store network optimization” and existing store lease restructuring for national tenants, private equity and turn around firms.

  • ARES clients have included: Starbucks / CVS / Chipotle / Office Depot / Rite Aid / Advance Auto / Boston Market / Einstein Bagels / Panda Express / Mattress Firm / Burger King / Bloomin Brands / Au Bon Pain / Aarons Rents / Payless Shoes / Extended Stay America / Blockbuster / Hollywood Video / Pivotal Fitness / Captain D’s / Wherehouse Entertainment / Ultimate Electronics / Cash Advance America
  • Other ARES clients have included: Boston Consulting Group, Cerberus Capital, Carlyle Group, Sun Capital and New River Capital.
  • ARES provides the following services: advisory, best practices, store network optimization, lease restructuring, store rollouts & roll ups, bankruptcy restructuring and acquisition due diligence.

Einstein Bagels – Jeff was also VPRE 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.

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

Woolbright Development – Jeff was VP of Leasing for Woolbright Development for a portfolio of approximately 30 shopping centers.

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 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