Retail Centers


  • Retail Disposition

    Represent a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in sales of shopping centers in Florida, California, Colorado, Missouri, Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas.

  • Historic Building Acquisition

    Represented a commercial real estate investment and management company in the acquisition of a 113-year-old historic building that will be converted to loft-style office and retail space using historic tax



From the first time the retailer drives by a site, through the trials and tribulations of design, entitlement, financing, leasing and construction, to the eventual transfer of that property, Munsch Hardt’s Retail Real Estate attorneys serve as passionate counsel and advocates to clients who own, operate, lease, manage, buy and sell retail properties.

Our retail clients are anchor tenants, big box retailers, family-owned businesses, nationally recognized e-retailers, regional and local inline retailers, pad site and end-cap users, grocery chains, restaurants, public and private company retailers, private equity funds, national real estate investment trusts (REITs), investors in NNN and absolute net leases, lenders, shopping centers, developers, mixed-use developers and landlords.

By partnering with the client from conception to disposition, our team helps the client navigate the unique complexities of retail real estate transactions. We negotiate letters of intent, purchase and sale agreements, shopping center and stand-alone leases, ground leases, construction and finance related contracts, and operation and reciprocal easement agreements. We also review title and survey, conduct environmental due diligence and obtain environmental assurances on behalf of our clients while guiding them through entitlement, zoning and land use issues. We routinely assist tenants and landlords in lease negotiations and in the day-to-day operation and management of their retail spaces, including enforcement of rights and remedies under their respective leases.

Munsch Hardt’s Retail Real Estate practice is committed to staying atop of the ever-changing retail landscape and, as such, our attorneys are active participants in the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association and serve in numerous leadership positions within The Real Estate Council (TREC).

Scope of Service

Retail and commercial clients benefit from our broad, deep experience in: 

  • Purchases and sales (including 1031 Exchanges and Reverse Exchanges) 
  • Construction contracts (including Architect and General Contractor Agreements) 
  • Loan documents (including mezzanine financing)
  • Entity document negotiation (including joint venture agreements with equity and development partners)
  • Leasing of all types of retail space, including shopping center and stand-alone sites 
  • Easement agreements 
  • Environmental due diligence 
  • Entitlement, zoning and land use (including incentive agreements) 
  • Day-to-day operation and management of retail space 
  • Acquisition, development and leasing of warehouse, distribution and fulfillment centers