Jan 31, 2022
worst of the pandemic, many digitally native brands said they might
never open a physical store again. Now, many have changed their
tunes. Gabrielle Licht specializes in leasing to DTC brands and
emerging concepts at Macerich, owner of Class A retail and
mixed-use destinations across the U.S. She now has regular
conversations with digital brands with ambitious store growth
plans. Rebecca Fitts, Director of Real Estate at Leap, is working
with a growing roster of digital brands opening physical stores.
Leap is a retail platform for brands like A Pea in the Pod, Mack
Weldon and Rent the Runway. With a fresh $50 million in Series B
financing, Leap plans to add 150 new stores in 2022.
James Cook is the director of retail research in the
Americas for JLL.
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