Industry Veteran Rick Francis Joins Velocity Retail Group

PHOENIX, ARIZ. Commercial retail veteran Rick Francis has joined Velocity Retail Group as a Vice President for the firm.

Rick Francis
Rick Francis

As a top producer in the retail arena, Rick has a deep background that is focused on servicing the needs of retail shopping center owners, retailers and investors.  He has established a reputation for getting results in successfully leasing a number of high-profile lifestyle, power and neighborhood centers in the Phoenix area.  He is known by his clients and peers as a top performer in the retail marketplace who facilitates negotiations in the interests of his clients.

“Rick is a great compliment to our office where we currently have a strong group of sales professionals focused on landlord and tenant services,” said Dave Cheatham, President of Velocity Retail Group. “His experience on the leasing side as well as his understanding of tenant expansion strategies will play a key role in helping to serve our clients,” he added.

In addition to Rick’s work with leasing and analyzing shopping center portfolios for REIT’s, he has also developed the expansion strategy for over 150 locations of various restaurant groups.  Previous retailer consulting clients include Chili’s Bar & Grill, Maggiano’s, Corner Bakery, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Del Taco and Aaron’s to name a few.  Rick is a graduate of Arizona State University with a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in Business Law.  He can be reached at:, or at (602) 682-8133.

About Velocity Retail GroupHeadquartered in Phoenix, Arizona with an office in Tucson, Velocity Retail Group (  provides a full range of commercial real-estate services including leasing and selling of shopping centers, tenant representation, land advisory, consulting, investment consulting, capital market solutions, development to retail tenants, and redevelopment to owners of retail real estate throughout the West. Velocity Retail Group is a member of X Team Retail Advisors, a platform of 400 retail professionals in 38 offices nationwide.  For more information, visit

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