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TORONTO-RKF, the New York City-based retail leasing, investment sales and consulting services firm, has launched its first cross-border office here, GlobeSt.com has learned exclusively. The RKF Toronto office will be led by Canadian retail services veteran Steven Alikakos, who will serve as president, Canada. A few weeks earlier, RKF formalized an affiliation with UK-based retail consulting firm CWM Retail Property Advisors LLP.

Although RKF’s entry into Canada comes via Toronto, “It’s not just Toronto we have our eye on, but the whole country,” Robert Futterman, RKF’s chairman and CEO, tells GlobeSt.com. “You’ve seen so many tenants come from Canada and do well in the US, like Aritzia, Icebreaker, lululemon, Barbour, Joe Fresh. Similar to our affiliation in London, we want to be able to service those tenants’ needs in the US, and there might be many more.”

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