Carré d’artistes takes space on Bleecker St., plans additional outposts

SGC Retail’s Bertrand de Soultrait brokers third lease on the block
By Hayley Kaplan | February 28, 2013 02:00PM

French contemporary art gallery Carré d’artistes has signed a 12-year, 1,500-square-foot lease at 241 Bleecker Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues, marking the third lease that Bertrand de Soultrait of retail brokerage SCG Retail has arranged on the block in the last six months, The Real Deal has learned.

The gallery, which is paying $170 per square foot, plans to open in late spring, Soultrait said. Brendan Gotch of Massey Knakal represented the landlords, Peter Longo and Robert Nicomini. The space was previously occupied by a deli.This is the gallery’s first location in the U.S., but it has other outposts in Spain, the U.K., Brazil and other countries around the world. In the next three years, the gallery intends to open four additional locations in New York, said Soultrait, who is exclusively representing the business.

Soultrait, who is aiming to build a niche representing international clients in the U.S., met executives from Carré d’artistes at MAPIC, a global retail real estate conference held annually in Cannes, France.

He recently represented menswear shop Jeremy Argyle, which signed a lease in October at 321 Bleecker Street, and French clothing boutique Saint James, which signed at 319 Bleecker Street in September. The deals, between Christopher and Grove streets, both came in at roughly $350 per square foot, Soultrait said.

Currently, Soultrait is working exclusively on bringing Parisian retailer the Kase to the U.S.; the company plans to open hundreds of stores throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, he said.