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We bring passion, experience, market knowledge and incredible drive to achieve results.


Thur Associates

At Thur & Associates, we take our clients' needs seriously! We bring passion, experience, market knowledge, and an incredible drive to achieve results. We have nurtured and developed long term relationships in the business for over 25 years.

We thrive on the ability to work with all types of clients. We strive to always have the latest technology and databases to bring the most accurate information attainable. We work closely with franchisees and explain the process and continue by their side until the store is opened. For developers, we get intimate with the market, so we can offer the best advice and add value to the asset. We work with businesses all over the country and are proud of our ability to bring our own brand of knowledge to each and every situation.

Our unique approach sets us apart from the rest. We evaluate locations with market intelligence, research of the demographic trade area and analysis of the competition and/or complementary uses within the market. Negotiating the best deal for our client is what we do best! We are aggressive and thorough; we protect our clients to the highest level. Thur Retail stands out as a national leader in site selection, leasing, sales, marketing, and land opportunities. Creating maximum value for our clients is the key to our success.

Services Offered

Tenant Representation

Landlord Representation

Investment Sales

Property Management


With a passion, energy, focus, and dedication for retail leasing, Shary Thur founded Thur & Associates in 2001. Thur & Associates was founded on the belief that every client, no matter how big or how small, deserves superior service. Much of Shary’s success can be attributed to her creative out-of-the-box thinking, ability to understand clients’ needs and her proven track record of skillfully and strategically placing tenants in complement each other and ensure business success.

Shary has worked with many major national retail retailers including Bealls Outlet, LA Fitness, Marshall’s, Home Depot, Harris Teeter, Ross, Pier 1, Home Goods, AC Moore Arts & Crafts & many others. A brief representative list of Thur’s exclusive landlord/owner clients includes publicly-traded REITs and developers such as Kimco Realty Corporation, Atlantic Realty Companies, M & J Wilkow, and RREEF.

Shary’s hands-on experience includes ground-up development, redevelopments, property re-positioning of shopping centers, urban developments, and out-parcel pads. Shary has provided critical assistance for numerous landlords in the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan region in successfully re-positioning assets such as Bethesda Corner, Marumsco Plaza, Briggs Chaney Shopping Center, Festival at Muddy Branch, and many others. On the tenant side, Shary also represents many franchises around the country providing site selection services. She prides herself in always going the “extra” mile and providing the necessary support to the franchisees.

Shary Thur’s background in retail began in 1979 when she worked in the retail furniture industry while getting her bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland. Directly out of school, Thur opened her own beauty salon and managed it for approximately 2 years before selling it. She returned to the furniture industry as a wholesale representative for several furniture lines selling directly to retail stores across the Eastern seaboard. Approximately 4 years later, Shary and a partner started a company which designed computer software for chiropractors. Thur sold her interest in 1988 and entered the commercial real estate industry.

Shary started leasing commercial real estate with a small firm in Bethesda, Maryland and was quickly recruited by the Carey Winston Company to work in their retail division. By re-positioning many troubled centers within a short period, she gained recognition in her field. Her expertise and capabilities allowed her to acquire several new properties for the firm, and for her efforts, she was promoted to Vice President.

In 1995, Shary seized an opportunity to handle leasing on a much larger scale when she was recruited by CNM Associates to manage the Mid-Atlantic region. Within her first year, she received CNM Associates’ most prestigious award, “Employee Exceeding All Expectations”. In 1996 she received her CCIM designation.

Thur has served on several Boards. Shary’s service includes chairing and working on ICSC Mid-Atlantic conferences (for 10 years), CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women, and the WIRRE (Women in Retail Real Estate) executive committee. Shary also founded a power broker’s club that meets monthly.

Shary’s passion for the retail leasing business is a lifelong commitment. Through her experiences as a business owner, and her professional career representing hundreds of landlords and tenants her goal has remained unchanged: Provide superior service and results; far exceed clients’ expectations. Shary’s Mission Statement is quite simple: “Under-promise and over-deliver”.

Shary is a four-time breast cancer survivor.

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  • District of Columbia County, DC
  • VA

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