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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                         CONTACT:  Caroline Peek, 404.219.7769,

July 31, 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  – The Shopping Center Group, one of the largest, privately owned, retail real estate advisory firms in the United States with offices coast-to-coast, announces the expansion of its Birmingham landlord services team with the addition of David Ashford as Landlord Leasing Representative. Ashford, a 2016 BBJ 40 Under 40 Award recipient, will exclusively represent owners of retail properties for lease or sale throughout Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.


“Our Birmingham office is already benefitting from the recent addition of David Ashford,” explains Chris Caldwell, Director of Leasing, The Shopping Center Group. “With a career lease volume of over $150 million, David’s consistent tenacity, personable approach to deal making and focus on relationship-building teamed with his extensive leasing experience adds value to our retail opportunities throughout the regions he will serve.”


Prior to joining The Shopping Center Group, Ashford served as Director of Retail at Southpace Properties for 16 years, leasing shopping centers and office space. Notably, Ashford was instrumental in leasing and redeveloping Whole Foods Market Plaza in Hoover, Alabama. Ashford is a graduate of Auburn University yet is an avid Alabama football fan.


About The Shopping Center Group

Founded in 1984, The Shopping Center Group is recognized as the preferred, retail-only real estate service provider known for dependable service, proven integrity, indisputable commitment and unparalleled market knowledge. With 20 offices coast-to-coast, the firm maximizes outcomes in tenant representation, project leasing, property management, investment sales, capital markets services and property dispositions for financial institutions, retailers and restaurants throughout the United States. In 2017, The Shopping Center Group facilitated over 2,000 transactions totaling more than $2 billion.  Its third-party portfolio includes exclusive leasing assignments for over 800 retail centers totaling over 60 million square feet and management agreements for over 10 million square feet of retail property. The firm exclusively represents over 400 retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues. For more information, visit

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