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Karen Bellantoni
VICE CHAIRMAN
521 Fifth Avenue
Floor 7
New York, NY 10175
P 212.331.0116
Picture of Karen  BellantoniKaren Bellantoni
VICE CHAIRMAN
Karen Bellantoni has more than 35 years of experience in retail, retail leasing and merchandising. She has been with RKF since 1999, specializing in tenant and landlord representation in Manhattan and most major markets throughout the United States. Karen represents an impressive list of retailers, including J.Crew, Apple, Global Brands Group, The Frye Company, Aritzia, Little Corepower Yoga, lululemon athletica, rag & bone, Ugg and Tumi. She has been responsible for regional and national strategic plans and roll-outs for numerous retail brands. On behalf of the upscale apparel retailer Intermix, she arranged more than 25 transactions throughout the U.S.. She has also secured multiple national locations for L’Oreal brands Kiehl’s, NYX Professional Makeup, The Body Shop, as well as Elie Tahari. Karen represented J.Crew in the leasing of several locations throughout Manhattan for its multiple concepts J.Crew Collection, crewcuts, J.Crew Wedding, J.Crew Mens Shop and Madewell. Karen represented Apple in leasing three Manhattan flagship locations, including 401 West 14th Street and 767 Fifth Avenue and 940 Madison. She has also arranged many individual transactions for retailers as well, including Bose Corp. in the Time Warner Center and at 40 Mercer Street in SoHo, Sam Edleman’s first store in SoHo, the former Build-A-Bear Workshop on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, M&M’s World in Times Square, Diesel and Oliviers & Co. in SoHo, Operations in SoHo and the Meatpacking District, Esprit’s flagship on 34th Street, the former Godiva on Fifth Avenue in the Plaza District, Hublot on Madison Avenue and The Frye Company in SoHo and also the Flatiron District. Karen has also represented numerous institutional and entrepreneurial owners in the successful leasing of their retail space in Manhattan. Among her notable assignments are consulting with Related Companies on the Time Warner Center; representing TF Cornerstone in the leasing of 90 and 100 Gansevoort arranging the leasing of Intermix, Chirstian Louboutin Men’s, By Killian and Allouche Gallery; serving as the exclusive leasing agent for Grand Central Terminal on behalf of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority; successfully leasing 40 Mercer Street on behalf of Hines and Andre Balazs to Bose, Vivienne Tam, Dermalogica and Wachovia; representing Taconic Investment Partners and ING Clarion in the leasing of 401 West 14th Street to Apple, Hugo Boss, Moschino and Tudor Investment Corporation; the merchandising and leasing of Chelsea Market on behalf of Jamestown Properties, where she arranged a 16,153-SF lease with Anthropologie; and 134 Spring Street on behalf of Calliope Associates, where she arranged temporary stores for The Limited, Chanel and Under Armour and a long-term lease with Mulberry. She also arranged leases at 15 Little West 12th Street, arranging a 28,000-SF lease with Arhaus Furniture, and One Jackson Square where she secured TD Bank and Starbucks. She also served as an advisor to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for the World Trade Center redevelopment. Prior to joining RKF, Karen was a Retail Director at Corporate Property Investors (“CPI”, now known as Simon Property Group) where she was responsible for all leasing activities for new retailers in CPI centers. In addition, she was instrumental in generating new business, identifying and creating new programs for prospective tenants, and conducting the firm’s analysis of merchandising breakdowns, property budgets and occupancy costs. Previously, Karen was an Import Program Designer for the May Company of St. Louis and a Buyer and Merchandiser for the 350 stores of Belk Stores of Charlotte, NC. Karen earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Ohio University. She is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the state of New York, and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and Real Estate Board of New York, and is a member of the latter’s Store’s Committee.
RETAILERS
Aritzia
Bluemercury
Brookstone
Elie Tahari
Godiva
Icebreaker
Intermix
J.Crew
Johnny Was
Kiehl’s
Madewell
Restoration Hardware
The Frye Company
Tumi
rag & bone
OWNERS & DEVELOPERS
Hines
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Port Authority of NY & NJ
Related Companies
STRS
Stellar Management
TF Cornerstone
Taconic Investment Partners
The Howard Hughes Corporation
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