Five California Food Hall Concepts Among Top 20 Nationally
Cushman & Wakefield released its inaugural Food Halls of America report and video, which tracked the aggressive growth of food-centered retail. Five California projects made the list of the top 20 food hall concepts in the nation including:
the Grand Central Market and the Original Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles
the Ferry Building and Market on Market in San Francisco
Liberty Public Market in San Diego
The report notes that in the first nine months of 2016, food hall growth increased by 37.1% year over year, primarily fueled by consumer desire for quality and authenticity.
Cushman & Wakefield’s Carter Magnin points out that L.A.’s Grand Central Market and the Original Farmer’s Market are “both iconic and historic projects that people feel are genuine and authentic. But they’re getting a modern update with the new tenants and buildouts while still staying true to that collaborative community experience. In this modern day and age of technology, there’s still a yearning for people to experience the past.”
Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services.
In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company.
In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix.
Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator.
Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements.
Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.