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Retail Independent, Conversations with Saira Mohan | Episode 4 - Akash Kapoor, Curry Up Now

In the fourth episode of Colliers Retail’s monthly webcast series, Retail Independent, we learn the backstory of QSR Curry Up Now as told by their “Chief Troublemaker” (Founder and CEO) Akash Kapoor. With a national footprint of more than a dozen locations and counting, the chain has grown quite the following since 2009 by offering Indian street food in a fast casual setting with restaurants, food trucks, catering services and a Mortar & Pestle bar.

During this 6-minute episode, Kapoor shares how his team has used data to scale up from their home base in the Bay Area, what their evolution from food truck to brick-and-mortar looked like, the importance of sustainability in their business model and how their target market is a “10 year old kid who doesn’t want to eat off of a kids menu."

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Anjee Solanki

National Director, Retail Services & Practice Groups

San Francisco

AREA OF EXPERTISE

In Anjee’s current role, as National Retail Director for the USA, she has developed strong relationships and strategic leadership to over 500 + retail professional nationally across 140 markets within Colliers for Investment Sales, Agency, Retailer Rep, and Retail Asset & Property Management.

Anjee Solanki brings 30 years of focused retail real estate experience to Colliers International.  She provides strategic retail advisory services to enhance value for her clients with her expertise in lifestyle, community, power center, neighborhood, mixed-use retail/residential, and resort retail. 

She has developed and manages strong working relationships with institutional and private clients such as State of Florida, State of Michigan, Heitman, Invesco, Grosvenor Americas, American Realty Advisors, TH Realty, PNC, and Zurich to name a few.

Her strategy identifies current market and property inefficiencies to capture untapped value through asset repositioning, releasing, redevelopment, rehabilitation, proactive management, and enhanced marketing. 

Creative problem-solving is her specialty, and she becomes a key stakeholder with national and international retailers, such as JPMC, Opry City Stage/Ole Red and Tim Hortons, and many others. Her highly focused approach reduces the risk profile and provides clients with a thoughtful approach executing strategic multi-year planning initiatives. 

BUSINESS BACKGROUND

Previously, Anjee served as Executive Vice President, Retail Services for Madison Marquette. She successfully assisted with repositioning community centers to lifestyle projects and identified opportunities to create value, resulting in higher returns for her clients. She also provided strategic analysis on complex redevelopment projects to address both the asset’s financial stabilization and/or the client’s exit strategy

BLOG

Anjee continues to be an insatiable collector of all things retail. She’s a student of culture living next door to future shoppers, whose fleeting trends constantly change the retail landscape … driving retailers, landlords and developers crazy! Read her Blog at:  https://knowledge-leader.colliers.com/author/anjee-solanki 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Anjee is originally from Southern California and currently resides in San Francisco.  She is active in the Rincon Hill neighborhood residential improvement group, which participates in the public review of the highly anticipated Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco.
 

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Saira Mohan

Senior Associate

Chicago - Downtown

Saira works with a variety of lifestyle, hospitality, and digitally native retail brands transitioning from eCommerce to physical locations. Saira has introduced local and global concepts looking to establish retail, office, and warehouse distribution centers; providing her clients with line production services. 

Clients range from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

Saira’s knowledge and network gained from a prolific career in global fashion and media informs a truly unique perspective allowing her to bring first-class knowledge and experience to her clients.

 


 

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