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Retail real estate: Metro boss Gartner joins CBRE

Follows Famous to national firm

Retail real estate broker Steven H. Gartner, president of Metro Commercial Real Estate, Philadelphia, has packed up and headed over to industry giant CBRE Inc. as Executive Vice President for Retail in the Philadelphia office. The firm last year absorbed another independent Philly rival, Brandon Famous' Fameco. Gartner's job "will include special projects up and down the East Coast," said Anthony Buono, CBRE retail services chief, in a statement.

Gartner, who counts The Gap, TJX (Marshall's), Kohls and Citi among his past clients, has served as Pa. director of the International Council of Shopping Centers, which is trying to help members deal with the drop in brick-and-mortar shopping amid the surge in digital retail. He's also a co-chair of the Jewish Federation Real Estate Group and the real estate group for State of Israel Bonds.