Kelly Nickele is a Senior Associate at Mid-America Real Estate Corporation under the leadership of Greg Bayer and Lara Keene. Kelly specializes in Urban Product Leasing and Tenant Representation. Having grown up in downtown Chicago, Kelly has a deep understanding of the urban retail landscape and the intricacies of each market and its consumers. She has a vast knowledge of the beauty/cosmetics, home, and fashion industries including luxury, contemporary, and digitally native brands emerging into brick-and-mortar.
Kelly has represented institutional and local owners/developers such as Acadia Realty, Asana Partners, Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation, BlackRock, Centrum Realty & Development, L3 Capital, Newcastle Limited, Northpond Partners, and Tishman Speyer. Kelly has also worked with Altar’d State, Bath & Body Works, Birkenstock, Blick Art Materials, El Cap Climbing Yoga & Fitness (Planet Granite), Estée Lauder Companies (Le Labo/Jo Malone), Express/Express Edit, Hoka, On Running, Pure Green, Purple Mattress, Ralph Lauren, Supreme, Swarovski, Swatch, Tin Roof, Uniqlo, and the Williams-Sonoma brands including Rejuvenation, West Elm, William-Sonoma Home, and Pottery Barn.
Prior to joining Mid-America, Kelly was an Associate at Jones Lang LaSalle. Kelly is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Kelly is a licensed broker in the state of Illinois and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Women in Retail Leasing, and Chainlinks National Affiliation of Retail Brokers.