As Vice President Real Estate for Giant Food, Mike Bush devised and implemented strategy for new store development and increased market share in the Mid-Atlantic, and for penetration of the Delaware Valley.
During his 20-year tenure, Giant opened or replaced 60 stores and expanded dozens more in one of the country’s most competitive trade areas. He directed market research, promotions to developers and municipalities, feasibility analysis, site selection, leasing and acquisitions, entitlement, and capex approval. He developed Giant’s first successful mixed-use unit with structured parking, and personally led successful campaigns to persuade citizen groups, elected officials, and staff to modify zoning to accommodate Giant stores.
Bush created the Retail Development course for the Georgetown Master’s program in 2011, and has taught in the Master’s programs at Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland as well. He is active in ICSC, most recently leading a Roundtable at the University of Shopping Centers. He serves on the membership committee of the DC Building Industry Association, with special attention to its operating committees serving professionals in environmental regulation, retail, construction, affordable housing, and capital markets. He founded and developed the property management curriculum for REAP – the Real Estate Associate Program – now operated nationwide by a consortium of ICSC, ULI, NAIOP, BOMA, and NMHC.
Bush began his career as a corporate lawyer specializing in real estate, banking, and finance. He went to law school at Harvard (LL.B. 1968) and to college at Stanford (B.A. 1965), where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors in Humanities. In 2012 Bush launched Long Lead, a career planning service, in response to students and practitioners asking him how to choose or change careers.