Why Thurston County? Attend the ninth annual Thurston Economic Development Council Real Estate Forum and find out! The annual Thurston EDC Real Estate Forum is hosted in partnership with NAIOP (National Association of Industrial Office Properties) and will showcase Thurston County commercial, retail and industrial properties while providing a forum for networking and education.
Industry experts will address the current status of development in Thurston County and the South Sound region. One expert is keynote speaker, Marisa Wulff, co-CEO of locally headquartered Mud Bay. Mud Bay’s 44 stores, featuring specialty products for pets, stretch as far north as Bellingham and as far south as Tualatin, OR. They opened two additional stores in Thurston County within the last year for a total of four. Mud Bay has one of the largest selections of natural foods for dogs and cats of any retailer in the United States and is the sixteenth largest pet retailer in the U.S. by store count.
A key Mud Bay axiom is they’ll never grow faster than they can grow well. And, sometimes, finding the right site in the right neighborhood at the right price takes years. Marisa will share insights into their site selection process, including challenges and how they overcome them, as well as the significant role real estate, has played in their ability to grow as a company. Marisa will also touch upon how Mud Bay is handling the “Amazon Effect” and its impact on selecting locations for its brick and mortar stores.
The Real Estate Forum will include data and trends related to commercial real estate and development in the South Sound, providing attendees the latest projections for commercial, industrial, retail and multi-family properties. Experts will address what makes Thurston County such a unique market and why it is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States.
If history is any indicator, networking will be robust with the room filled with industry and community leaders including investors, decision makers, property owners, government representatives, engineers, contractors, site selectors and business owners.
Date: Thursday, Sept 28
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location: RL Hotel – Olympia