The last century – and particularly the pandemic era – has highlighted the irreplaceable role grocery real estate plays in distributing essential goods and services to consumers every day. While most non-essential businesses shut down during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, grocers and other essential goods providers remained open. In fact, global grocery spending hit record levels in 2020, and shoppers’ demand for speed and convenience drove outsized increases in online grocery sales. Brick-and-mortar grocers, which are conveniently located in close proximity to end consumers, have been integral to the fulfillment of these sales. These neighborhood stores provide the critical infrastructure needed to facilitate all modes of food distribution – including in-store sales, click and collect orders and home delivery – in a cost-efficient way.
Join us for a webinar that will explore the unique opportunity grocery real estate present for investors worldwide. We will discuss the regional nuances within the grocery sector and how investors can unlock opportunities across markets; new technologies that are enabling grocery real estate occupiers to provide even faster and more economical last mile delivery solutions; ESG considerations for investors in this specific asset class; and much more.
Managing Director, Americas
Institutional Real Estate, Inc.
Chase McWhorter serves as Managing Director of Institutional Real Estate Americas for Institutional Real Estate, Inc. (IREI), an industry-leading publication focused on meeting the information needs of the institutional real estate community. In this capacity, he is responsible for global business development and client service focused on publication sponsorships, while also leading the recruitment of top institutional investors who serve on the Editorial Advisory Board of Institutional Real Estate Americas with the publication’s sponsors. McWhorter has more than 10 years’ experience in the real assets investment industry. McWhorter is a graduate of the University of Southern California, receiving a B.S. in Public Policy, Planning and Development, while also winning three Pac-10 Championships and two Rose Bowls as a member of the USC Trojan football team.
California Public Employees’ Retirement System
Eric Schlenker is an investment manager within the Real Assets unit of the $480 billion California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). He oversees the management of the industrial, urban and transportation portfolios and leads the Annual Investment Planning process. Before joining CalPERS, Schlenker was a project developer in the Sacramento office of SARES Regis and a project developer at a redevelopment agency with a jurisdiction adjacent to the California State Capitol. He has more than 30 years of real estate experience, earned his master’s degree in planning and development studies from USC, and is a member of IREOC and the Urban Land Institute.
Slate Asset Management
Brady Welch is a founding partner of Slate Asset Management, a global alternative investment platform focused on real estate. Slate manages two TSX-listed public REITs and numerous private investment vehicles spanning opportunistic, value-add, core-plus and debt strategies. Welch has more than 25 years of real estate experience. Prior to founding Slate, he held senior management positions with Fortress Investment Group, Truscan (former real estate arm of Canada Trust) and Brazos Advisors (Lonestar Opportunity Funds). He co-chairs Slate’s Investment Committee and is a member of Slate’s Management Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Slate Office REIT and Slate Grocery REI
- Hotel & Venue