Spotts Fain lawyers assist clients in all aspects of the shopping center and retail industry. Our lawyers have represented shopping center owners, national and local retailers, developers, contractors, and tenants of shopping centers since 1988. Our clients include:

  • in-line centers
  • power centers
  • big box centers
  • drugstore-anchored centers
  • regional malls
  • out parcels
  • mixed-use projects

We represent shopping center owners from conception of the project, through land use and zoning, plan of development, environmental impact guidance, financing, permitting and completion of construction. Our attorneys represent both landlords and tenants in connection with ordinary and complex ground leases, anchor tenant leases and in-line store leases, as well as property management agreements and reciprocal easements and restrictions agreements, in each instance with a keen eye on potential ownership and financing issues that may arise in connection with such documents, both presently and in the future.

Spotts Fain lawyers also represent shopping center developers in connection with all phases of the construction process, with an emphasis on project development, resolution of construction disputes and litigation, including dealing with construction defects, bidding, mechanic's liens, sureties, construction products litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Our clients benefit from the expertise of attorneys in all sections of the firm: Business, Commercial Real Estate, Financial Services, Creditors' Rights, and Litigation. In the earliest stages of a project, the lawyers in our Land Use and Zoning Group are called upon to appear before zoning and planning commissions and other levels of government to gain approval of land-use planning, zoning, tax advantaged government financing and environmental compliance. We also tap into the resources of our consultants with Spotts Fain Consulting to garner community support and approvals, and overall strategic planning.

Representative Experience

  • Represent national membership warehouse retail stores in acquisition and development of properties in 15 states
  • Represent family-owned, local shopping centers, both existing and under development and construction
  • Represent franchisees of national restaurant franchises in acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, construction and development of sites
  • Negotiated and closed various credit facilities totaling $34,500,000 on behalf of the purchaser of a retail and catalogue home decor business
  • Completed in-line lease and outparcel lease for shopping center owner involving two major regional retail tenants
  • Represented equipment dealer in the negotiation of various dealer agreements and financing arrangements
  • Represented landlords in successful leasing to big box tenants, including Wal-Mart, and in selling portions of shopping centers to large format retailers, including Target
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