August 23, 2022

Time Kills Deals: Using Time as a Retail Development Incentive

Time Kills Deals:

Using Time as a Retail Development Incentive

A question on every city leader or economic development official’s mind is, “What are the best incentives to bring new retail and restaurant development to my town?” Beyond monetary incentives, how about accelerating permitting, streamlining work with the city, and removing barriers that cost a retailer time to get a new store open?

Don’t take it from us though, we’ve assembled a panel that includes Grant Guidinger, CDO of Café Rio, and Donna Prada, Director of Site Acquisition at Primrose Schools, to discuss site selection and the importance that time plays in making deals happen.


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Grant Guidinger

Café Rio

Chief Development Officer

Donna Prada

Primrose Schools

Director, Site Acquisition

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Lacy Beasley

Retail Strategies


Matthew Tate

Retail Strategies

Director of Business Development, Western Region

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My relationship with the Retail Strategies team has been extremely valuable over the last couple of years as I’ve searched for sites in the Southeast. They have been persistent and provided any information they could gather for available properties that fit my criteria. If they received news that a space was coming available they made sure to immediately give me a call and connect with the owners. I would recommend using this service to any of my colleagues looking in their client cities.

Walter Kelly, Broker

Arc Realty

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Retail Strategies has been a tremendous asset to Cypress. They have access to industry and business intelligence in an immensely competitive retail environment. The relationships they develop with commercial/retail property owners delivers results for the city because Retail Strategies excels at marketing their clients.

Peter Grant, City Manager

Cypress, CA

Time Kills Deals


Cafe Rio’s CDO answers incentive questions, letting communities know how they can influence retailers.