Vanguard Realty Group

1390 Piccard Drive
Suite 120
Rockville, MD 20850
Tel: 301.795.1400
Fax: 301.795.1401

Commercial Leasing Team

Len Harris
Vice President, Retail Leasing and Project Development
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Len Harris specializes in urban retail, representing both landlords and tenants in the Washington, DC area. Prior to beginning his career in commercial real estate in 1994, Len owned and operated a chain of women’s apparel stores with five sites in the Washington, D.C. Central Business District. As an urban retailer for nearly 30 years, Len understands all aspects of a retail store’s daily and long-term operations. This understanding of issues such as new site selection, traffic generation, occupancy costs and expenses, and business development provides Len with the ability to relate first-hand to the concerns of retailers of all types and sizes.

Len has parlayed his many years of experience in downtown Washington, D.C. into a strong expertise in urban Landlord representation. In addition to strong local and regional connections, Len enjoys well-established relationships with national tenants and tenant associations, which he leverages to advance his involvement in redeveloping the center-city retail core and its surrounding urban neighborhoods. Len has completed transactions for such retailers as Jones Apparel Group, which includes Nine West, Kaspar, Ann Klein, Shoe Woo, and Easy Spirit, as well as for Steve Madden Shoes, McDonalds, Epicurean & Company and Krispy Kreme. Len’s Landlord representation includes the Ruben Cos., Zuckerman Gravely, and B&R Associates, for the leasing of retail space in downtown office buildings and urban strip centers.

Len is an active member of the D.C. Building Industry Association’s (DCBIA’s), Retail Business Development Committee which he co-chaired for two years. He has written zoning regulation modification within the comprehensive plan to assist and enhance retail situations in buildings with arcade setbacks in the downtown Washington DC market.

Len received the 2009 CoStar PowerBroker Award, for representing the landlord at Rhode Island Shopping Center, closing on a 76,000 square foot site for retailer Forman Mills, one of the largest retail deals of 2009.