Justin Cottrell


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In August of 2010, Justin joined KC Commercial Realty Group as a principal of the company. His primary responsibilities include retail and multifamily development, leasing and marketing retail space and property management assignments in the Kansas City area including the Historic City Market.  He plays an active role in the daily operation of City Market overseeing property management, the farmers market, marketing, events and leasing.  During his nine-year tenure with the property, he increased the occupancy rate to 98%, making it profitable for the first time in many years.

A past board member of the National Association of Produce Market Managers (NAPMM), a professional organization specializing in public markets with permanent infrastructure, Justin holds the Certified Market Manager designation.  While a board member in 2017, City Market hosted the NAPMM national conference, and during his time with the organization, Justin has been a speaker at national conferences at renown markets including Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Detroit’s Eastern Market, San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Market, Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, Union Market in Washington DC and Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market.  Additionally, he has participated in Project for Public Spaces (PPS) Public Market Conferences in both Barcelona, Spain, and London, England.

Justin also invests and takes an active role in developing urban style multifamily and mixed-use properties including the Centropolis on Grand and the Ashland on Third, both located adjacent to City Market.

Justin represents Panda Express, Ragazza Food & Wine, and Tulip Fashions in the Kansas City Metro area and has represented other tenants such as Einstein Bagels, AT&T, Ditto, and Burger King Whopper Bar.  He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the past chairman of the ICSC Next Generation of Real Estate Professionals.  He serves as the Chairman of the Douglas TDD Board in Lee’s Summit and is a licensed real estate agent in both Missouri and Kansas.

Prior to 2010, Justin spent 13 years at Copaken White & Blitt working the company’s retail portfolio.  He held positions in all aspects of property management, visual merchandising, marketing, and short- and long-term leasing.  During those assignments, he had the opportunity to work on neighborhood strip centers, regional power centers, lifestyle centers, enclosed malls and public markets.