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JRM Adding Staff, Filling Retail Spaces

Posted by calgaryretail@gmail.com on 2017-08-25
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David Parker, Calgary Herald

Published on: August 24th, 2017


Jeff Robson started his own commercial real estate company two years ago from a small 1st Street S.W. office. Today, JR Mercantile Real Estate Advisors is housed on the top floor of a 4th Street S.W. office, where experienced professionals Mark Biglow and Stephen Travers have joined as vice-presidents and associates.

Biglow, in the industry here since 1990 after moving from Winnipeg, most recently worked at Newmark Frank Knight Devencore. His focus is on office tenant representation, and he’s also been successful in assisting with land development. Biglow recently helped Longboard Construction acquire a site in Airdrie where it built 40,000 square feet of bay warehousing, and then he leased all of the units.

Travers is a retail specialist with experience in the master franchising business. For 17 years he represented Extreme Pita and Mucho Burrito, opening 105 stores in Alberta and B.C.

For the Crave It Restaurant Group he opened Burger’s Priest, Bangkok Buri and Via Cibo locations, including its new restaurant at 14th Street and 16th Avenue S.W. As president and broker of JR Mercantile, Robson is representing a number of desirable properties.

The brokerage leased space for Cody Willis and his Thank You Hospitality team at Native Tongues and the soon-to-open Two Penny Chinese.

Drivers of the 35,000 vehicles that pass daily through 14th Street and 11th Avenue S.W. intersection have noticed the steel going up on a new mixed-use building.

A development of Enright Capital, the two floors of office space in the 34,500 square foot building has been leased to the Real Estate Council of Alberta. JR Mercantile is responsible for the main floor retail where a small unit facing onto 11th Avenue is conditionally leased. The large area facing the street is available, with units from 1,000 to 6,900 square feet.

Mercantile represents Cominar REIT and recently filled the vacancy left by the closing of Mango Shiva and Riley & McCormick on Stephen Avenue. An area of the Cominar-owned Scotia Centre has been leased to Celebrity Social House.

In Inglewood, JR Mercantile is promoting the under-construction Avli on Atlantic. The seven-storey, 64-unit upscale condo development by Greenview Development will include five retail spaces.

On the north side of 9th Avenue, at 10th Street S.E., the retail units for lease range in size from 1,000 to 5,500 square feet. There are plans for another 88,000-square-foot, mixed-use building on the west side of Avli on Atlantic.

An exciting new residential development is Westman Village by Jayman BUILT, in the southeast community of Mahogany. Robson and his team are leasing over 26,500 square feet of retail space there.

JR Mercantile is expecting to include a select wine shop, men’s salon, coffee shop and medical use run by practising doctors. A prime spot has been reserved for a 5,500 square foot daycare in the retail area across from the 40,000-square-foot amenity centre.


David Parker appears regularly in the Herald. Read his columns online at calgaryherald.com/business. He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or by email at info@davidparker.ca.