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RETAIL Minded, Performance Driven

“ARC has been instrumental to Fresh Thyme during our aggressive Midwest expansion, from market strategy and research to specific site sourcing and negotiations, their execution and attention to detail is the best in the business.”

Chris Sherrell, President & CEO, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market

About Us

We specialize in representing retailers and landlords with real estate needs throughout the Midwestern states and select other U.S. Markets.  Our strong relationships with the top national and local tenants, landlords, developers, and government officials provides for a diverse and deep knowledge of current and future trends in the retail real estate industry.

Our Mission

ARC is a retail services innovator.  We provide an always evolving set of real estate services to retailers and shopping center owners to create the most advanced site and tenant sourcing methods available.  In addition, we strive to be the most informed and connected retail real estate company in the region.


At ARC, we believe in getting results for our clients through innovative as well as long standing approaches to retail real estate services.  Relationships, market knowledge, and experience are blended with research and analysis to create positive growth and a meaningful impact in the marketplace.  Everything we do is customized to who you are and what your real estate needs entail.


Andrew Robbins

Managing Principal

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Andy Robbins formed ARCORE Real Estate Group with his partner Al Rodenbostel in 2011 after a combined 10 year career at Mid-America Real Estate Corporation and Mid-America Development Partners. Andy has knowledge and experience in all aspects of the deal process; tenant representation, property leasing, acquisition and development. Over the last 17 years, Andy has represented numerous retailers with their expansion throughout Chicago and surrounding suburban markets; providing market research to create and implement a strategic growth plan, deal procurement and negotiations.  Presently, Andy is working as the broker and advisor for Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Tesla Motors, Total Wine, Chuy’s, Panera Bread, Verizon Wireless, and more.

Specialties: Retail tenant representation, retail real estate investments, shopping center leasing, development acquisition and entitlement.

Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison: Bachelor of Science

Al Rodenbostel

Managing Principal

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In 2011 Al and his partner Andrew Robbins formed ARCORE Real Estate Group specializing in retail brokerage services including, landlord representation, tenant representation, market research, and investment and acquisition services. Over the last 19 years, Al has assisted national and regional retailers and developers with comprehensive market analysis and real estate marketing, leasing, and acquisitions throughout the U.S.  Presently, Al is working as the broker and advisor for Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market, Tesla Motors, Total Wine, Kirkland’s, Destination Pet, Sonic, and more.

Specialties:  Retail tenant representation, retail real estate investments, shopping center leasing, development acquisition and entitlement.

Education: Arizona State University: Bachelor of Science – Real Estate and Land Development

Scott Dolan


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Scott W. Dolan began his real estate career in June 2006. Over the past 12 years Scott has taken on many roles that developed his excellent leadership, market knowledge and strong dedication to work detail which add to his brokerage leadership and responsibility throughout the Midwest.  Scott specializes in tenant expansion programs and is an expert in dealing with planning, strategy formation, relationship management, negotiation and zoning and approval issues.

Currently, Scott is working with notable tenants such as Helzberg Diamonds, Shoe Sensation, Chuck E. Cheese, Rue 21, Sonic, TCBY/ Mrs. Fields, Chuy’s, Granite City Brewery, Kirkland’s, Bar Louie, honeygrow, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, MyEyeDr, Waterway Car Wash and more.  Along with a strong tenant portfolio he has also been involved with Landlord representation.

Specialties: Tenant and Landlord representation, Development, and investment and acquisition services.

Education: Graduate from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. He is a licensed salesperson in Illinois and an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Matt Cavanagh

Vice President

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Matt joined ARC in 2018 from IRC Retail Centers, where as a Leasing Manager he was responsible for leasing activity of approximately 3 million square feet of retail space in a portfolio of neighborhood, community and power shopping centers throughout the Chicago area. He was tasked with negotiating and executing new leases and renewals with local and national retailers, identifying value-add opportunities through re-tenanting, strategic relocations and the development of outparcels. Prior to joining IRC, Matt worked primarily with local and regional bank groups to provide consulting, receivership, management and disposition services.

Matt is a graduate of DePaul University, where he studied Real Estate Finance and currently resides in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Matt has served as an Associate Board member and mentor with the Harold E. Eisenberg foundation. Previously he served on the education committee focused on Career Day and served as Chair of the Summer Networking Event program leading to the establishment of a new fundraising event Rock the Boat.

Specialties: Retail landlord representation, shopping center leasing

Education: DePaul University, Real Estate Finance

Lauren Szymell

Senior Associate Leasing Representative

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Lauren joined ARC Real Estate in 2019 from Kohl’s, where she worked on the product development team. With her exceptional skills and expertise, Lauren is now an integral part of our retail leasing team, dedicated to providing comprehensive landlord representation services. Her primary focus is on understanding the unique needs and goals of each landlord to deliver tailored solutions that drive success. In 2022, Lauren was promoted to Senior Associate on the ARC Retail Leasing Team.

Lauren focuses on the leasing, real estate marketing, and market analysis for a variety of shopping center owners in both urban and suburban markets. With her expertise and diligent work ethic, Lauren works closely with our landlord representation team to provide exceptional support to her clients, which has included Golub, Acadia, GW Properties, Hamra Enterprises, Kite Realty, Jewel Osco, Key Development Partners, Terraco and more.

She also has experience with property and land sales, developing outparcels, and tenant representation throughout Chicago and surrounding suburban markets.

Specialties: Retail landlord representation with a minor in Business

Education: Illinois State University, Retail Merchandising

Griffin Doney


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Griffin joined ARC Real Estate Group in 2023 after graduating in Enterprise Leadership from the University of Iowa. With a passion for real estate and a strong academic background, he was eager to start his fulfilling career in the industry. During college, Griffin had an exciting internship at Transport Properties, a Chicago-based Industrial Real Estate firm. He worked on various projects, from single-tenant setups to large-scale facilities for trucks, trailers, buses, and materials storage. This experience gave him a deep understanding of property development. Beyond industrial real estate, Griffin also explored the golf industry through an internship with the Illinois PGA Section, broadening his expertise even further. Griffin’s focus at ARC Real Estate Group is tenant representation, property leasing, acquisition, and development. He’s thrilled to bring his unique perspective and experiences to contribute to the company’s success. With dedication to professionalism, integrity, and innovation, Griffin is ready to make a positive impact on the real estate market and achieve great things with the ARC Real Estate Group team.

Education: University of Iowa: Bachelor of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Jeanne Elliott


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Jeanne specializes in landlord representation and tenant acquisition. She graduated from Indiana University with a major in Real Estate Finance and wasted no time before embarking on her journey at ARC Real Estate in 2023. During her college years, Jeanne honed her skills by interning with seasoned real estate experts, gaining valuable insights into leasing, and evaluating prospective investment properties.

Armed with a wealth of education and hands-on experience, Jeanne now eagerly enters the world of retail leasing in Chicago. Her passion lies in understanding the unique objectives of each landlord she represents, allowing her to deliver tailored, innovative solutions that pave the way for success. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, Jeanne is dedicated to forging lasting partnerships between landlords and tenants.

Education:  Indiana University with a major in Real Estate Finance

Wyatt McIntyre

Director of Market Research

Wyatt McIntyre joined ARC Real Estate Group in 2012 as the Director of Market Research. Prior to ARC Wyatt was a Political Consultant working in Target Management, Resource Allocation and Demographic Profiling for various different governments, elected officials and campaigns. His combination of education and experience makes him a good fit for the ARC Team as they work to help clients and retailers make educated decisions based on a strong combination solid information and data structure that compliments the market experience of ARC’s individual brokers.

Specialties: Predictive Analysis, Modeling, Market Research, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geovisualization.

Education: Bachelor of Science – Marketing, Master of Business Administration

Dawn Nielsen-Carpenter

Office Manager

With over a decade of experience in the commercial real estate industry, Dawn brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to ARC. Prior to joining ARC, Dawn worked at Edgemark Commercial Real Estate, where she started as an Administrative Assistant and worked her way up to become a Marketing Specialist.

At ARC, Dawn is responsible for ensuring our office runs smoothly and efficiently. She is constantly looking for new ways to advance our marketing efforts and keep our material new and fresh. Her attention to detail and dedication to excellence make her an invaluable asset to our team.