"HobbyTown® owners say that with his great negotiation skills, he saves them more money than they paid for their franchise fee to join HobbyTown®. They are money ahead before they even open the door! Sometimes the deals are so good that owners are required to sign a confidentiality agreement to not disclose the terms of their lease with other tenants in the center. WOW!"
Bill Graeve, HobbyTown, VP of Finance
"The CCSA is thrilled with our relationship with ESR. Rich has gone above and beyond to help our members with simple negotiations to full site searches and securing the best possible deals. We are very fortunate to have Rich and his team as part of the CCSA family."
Dena Pearlman, CCSA, Executive Director
"Rich and Garrett Aries at ESR Commercial Realty are wonderful to work with. They are very personable, professional, diligent, reliable, and conscientious. I received consistent, timely communication throughout the site location and lease negotiation process. Our discussions of the process were straightforward, and helped clarify details. Their timely advice was accurate, helpful, and trustworthy. I could count on them to thoroughly and conscientiously follow up on details with everyone involved. They proved to be skilled negotiators, resulting in a successful lease negotiation, and a beneficial lease agreement. They go the extra mile."
Bruce Colbert, Mathnasium Franchisee
"Rich and his team have done an amazing job identifying sites and negotiating leases on almost 800 locations for us over the past 25 years. From follow-up to follow-through, there is nobody better than the ESR team!"
Dan Werner, Vice President of Operations, SIGNworld
"Rich has been incredible to work with. We described our wants, needs and ideals in a location. We told him a bit about our area and where we would be willing to consider. He got back to us very quickly with many options and set up showings. He contacted us almost daily just to check in and returned calls within hours, even when he was on vacation. After reviewing our feedback he found us a great deal: $4 less a square foot than expected, free rent for a few months, and ALL the build out paid by the landlord and to our specifications. Rich is saving us tons of money and saves us so much stress by dealing with all of this for us!"
Marti Strehlow (CCSA Member), Owner of Clay Corner Studio, Wisconsin
"I wanted to take minute to give a shout-out to Rich Aries. I signed a lease for a new amazing space a week ago. Rich really went to bat for me and negotiated a much better deal than I could ever done on my own. It made the process so much easier to work with an experienced professional who stayed on top of things. I highly recommend you give him a call if you are looking to move or re-negotiate your current lease."
Rachel Klobucher (CCSA Member), Owner of The Mud Room
"I have been a HobbyTown owner for the last 25 years and have had many dealings with Rich Aries in my lease negotiations. I own a total of seven retail stores so we are nearly always negotiating on one location or another. I have always found Rich to be a guy who will go to bat for me and try to make the best deal possible on my behalf. Rich keeps me constantly updated on what’s going on with each of our current or prospective locations and never leaves me hanging. I think that is very important in his line of business. I sincerely recommend Rich Aries if you find yourself in need of a real estate leasing expert."
Brian Miller, HobbyTown owner, Kentucky, Ohio & South Carolina
"I worked with Richard for past couple of months on acquiring a lease for a Mathnasium center. He is one of the best professionals I have ever worked with! Rich called me pretty much everyday and kept me up-to-date about the status. He always kept my interest as client in the front. He has negotiated a best lease for me. I am truly happy with his work!"
Sanjay Kamani, Mathnasium Franchisee
"Rich and Garrett were fantastic. From the beginning, both of them and their staff were incredibly responsive. From the moment I signed my agreement, Rich was on it. Within a day I had my list of possible sites in my territory. Most importantly, Rich was direct, honest and supportive. His level of expertise comes across immediately as well as his ability to advocate for you. This is the second time I’ve done this, leased a commercial space and I can tell you if I had Rich on the first deal, I’d have saved a bunch of money in the long term because he would have negotiated a better deal for me. I’d strongly recommend him."