You’re an expert in knowing what your clients want.
We’re experts in creating long-term value for owners,
retailers, and investors like you across the Southeast.

In an ever-changing industry, our driven and experienced team quickly adapts, pivots, and crafts solutions that are smart, strategic, and sustainable. From sales and leasing brokerage and property marketing to research and demographics, asset and property management services, we provide a return on investment that transcends numbers — and translates concepts into communities.

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for owners >>

Whether we’re helping identify acquisition opportunities, transitioning under-performing assets, implementing various leasing programs, or efficiently managing properties, we’re working to maximize the long-term value of your assets, always.

  • Acquisition & Disposition
  • Project Leasing
  • Property Management
  • Repositioning & Redevelopment
  • Lease Administration

for retailers & tenants >>

Today, in an increasingly complex, competitive market, the decision to locate, expand, relocate, contract, or optimize your locations has never been more critical. 

  • Strategic Planning
  • Lifestyle Segmentation
  • Demographic Research
  • Spend Forecasting
  • Competitive Assessments

for developers >>

We work collaboratively — putting our team’s diverse skills, perspectives, experiences, and expertise to work — from rough concept to completion to ensure every project creates enduring value for you and good for our communities.

  • Land Assembly & Acquisition
  • Project Leasing
  • Site Selection & Entitlement
  • Disposition & Investment Sales
  • Appraisal & Valuation

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our reach

While our experience spans the U.S., the majority of our clients are in the Carolinas and Georgia, and we’re proudly headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina.

We bring energy, enthusiasm, and expertise into every interaction. And, we’re committed to always making the right deal, at the right time, for the right reason. In an industry where too many people focus on quantity, we remain focused on the quality and sustainability of livelihoods and communities.

what expert means


We embrace innovation and iteration, relentless in our desire for knowledge — and we put it all to work to create value for our clients and good for our communities. We love what we do, because for us, commercial real estate is much more than buildings and storefronts. It’s about helping businesses find a place where they can connect with their people, nurturing and maintaining healthy, growing relationships.

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meet the experts

John Orr, CCIM
president | broker-in-charge

John is the President and Broker-In-Charge managing the retail services platform and day-to-day operations of the Carolina Retail Experts. He has successfully completed over 6 million square feet of retail transactions including leases, acquisitions, dispositions and build-to-suit development. As a Carolina Retail Expert, he specializes in the creation of value by executing retail commercial real estate strategies for property owners, retailers and investors throughout the Southeast.

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Elyse Welch, CCIM

Elyse is a Partner specializing in Tenant Services of international and national retail brands. She serves marquee and best-in-class retailers to devise custom market strategies across the Carolinas that maximize market share, out-position the competition, and maximize sales volumes. As a Carolina Retail Expert, she executes customized retailer expansion plans that are smart, strategic, and sustainable that create value for our clients and good for our neighbors.

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Lindsey Halter, CCIM

Lindsey is a Partner specializing in Landlord services for investment-grade shopping centers. Lindsey believes retail is much more than buildings and storefronts, it’s about helping businesses find a place where they can connect with their people. As a Carolina Retail Expert, her attention to the smallest details in creating targeted and synergistic merchandising mixes maximizing investment returns that transcend the numbers by translating concepts into communities.

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Taylor Boyd
retail expert

Taylor is involved in the Landlord Representation of Investment-grade shopping centers across the Carolinas by executing leasing strategies to maximize asset values. Her Tenant Representation work is a select list of marquee and best-in-class retailers operating and expanding across the Carolinas. Taylor is an integral member of the Carolina Retail Experts Investment Sales team specializing in retail commercial real estate brokerage of single and multi-tenant leased assets across the Southeast.

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Kathy Godwin
retail services coordinator

Kathy is responsible for coordinating the Carolina Retail Experts’ Landlord portfolio by managing the property listings, assisting in reporting functions and providing superior customer service to clients. Her organization, attention to detail, and adaptable approach to her role compliments the team environment.

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Hayley Saltford
marketing director

Hayley creates all marketing collateral, including real estate committee packages, market analysis, listing flyers, property tour material, and email campaigns. She also manages social media and the website. Her passions for creativity and community drive her work with the CRE team.

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Paula Strickland
retail service coordinator

Paula Strickland is our resident Expert in location analytics, and she drives prospecting campaigns, research of demographic information, and tenant-specific market collateral. She collaborates with our Experts to ensure our clients have all the information they need to achieve our joint market strategies.

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Edna Amparan-Ochoa
operations manager

Edna is responsible for all administrative operations ensuring the smooth operational procedures of the Carolina Retail Experts. Her passion for servitude helps her learn and adapt quickly to provide support for the CRE team and its clients.

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client successes


Perfectly creating the link between your people, your space and your business. Crafting solutions for your retail needs.

south carolina

Size: 62,000 +/- SF
Type: Regional Retail Anchor
250 + Locations
16 States
5 Parks/ 1,000 SF

charleston msa, augusta, savannah, beaufort county, statesboro, ga

Size: 3,500 – 4,250 SF
(with 500 – 1,000 SF Patio)
Type: End-Caps and freestanding buildings in high traffic areas with excellent visibility

south carolina

Size: 2,500 SF
Type: End-Cap or Freestanding with Drive-Thru

coastal south carolina

Size: 3,500 SF
Type: Freestanding, End-Cap

charleston msa

Size: 2,500-3,200 SF
Type: Outparcel or End-Cap with high visibility

charleston msa

Size: 1,000 SF – 1,800 SF
Type: Endcap, In-line

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