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Shopping Center & Retail

We represent numerous shopping center owners in the acquisition, disposition, development, land use, creation of CC&Rs, financing, leasing, and management (including litigation with tenants and representation when tenants file for bankruptcy) of the full spectrum of retail property types.

Acquisition and Disposition

We have handled several hundred shopping center purchases and sales ranging from outparcel sales to regional malls. We have also represented clients in the portfolio sales of shopping centers including a national portfolio of regional shopping centers. 

Development and Major Store Transactions

Our retail practice group has significant experience representing the developers of regional malls, power centers, lifestyle/entertainment oriented centers and traditional grocery anchored centers including the negotiation of reciprocal easement agreements, purchase and sale agreements and anchor leases. In the regional mall context, we have in-depth experience with major department stores such as J.C. Penney, Sears, Nordstrom, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Target, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's.  

Land Use

Our Land Use Group has represented shopping center owners and retail building owners on virtually every aspect of the Land Use entitlement, due diligence and litigation processes. We have secured and defended project approvals at the administrative level, fashioned vested rights to reduce long-term investment risks, warded off project-threatening initiatives and referenda, provided due diligence allowing the prospective shopping center buyer to better structure the transaction to reduce risk, and defended project entitlements in court against third-party challenge.  


Allen Matkins has unparalleled experience in representing the interests of retail landlords in leasing transactions. The scope of our representation allows us to efficiently analyze and promptly resolve issues commonly found in retail leases. We fully understand the need to complete lease transactions quickly.

Shopping Center Financings

We have represented numerous shopping center owners in both construction loans and refinancing loans. Our depth of experience with the shopping center development, CC&Rs and leasing provide us with the subject matter insight and knowledge to more effectively represent the borrower in all types of shopping center financings.  


We have addressed issues, and litigated when necessary, virtually every issue faced by shopping center owners and managers.  We have also represented shopping center clients in tenant bankruptcy cases throughout the country.