A Menu of Services

CGI works with landlords, developers and tenants in both the private and public sectors. Our clients are found among established brands as well as those looking to make a name for themselves.


We offer a wide range of services including, but not limited to:

Market Research

CGI provides demographic details on geographic areas, client competition maps, aerials and market studies. We utilize the most current demographics and support materials from a multitude of sources.

Real Estate Search

We furnish information and insight on specific sites, both those on the market and ones that may possibly be or become available. CGI offers inside information and insight based on long time experience in the marketplace.

Contract Negotiations

CGI negotiates terms and conditions appropriate to your particular situation in that we structure transactions designed to meld your personal philosophy, strategic position and corporate goals with marketplace conditions. We review lease documentation and then work with client’s attorneys to arrive at balanced agreements in which all parties “win.”

Recommendations, Connections and Introductions

CGI supplies connections and introductions to professionals and consultants, as needed. Long standing trust-based relationships include those with developers, architects, project management consultants, community outreach specialists and political experts.


Our clients include:

Retailers/Restaurants

For more than 23 years CGI has been at the center of the innovative dining and retail culture in the Greater Bay Area and other Major Markets. We help our clients determine their strongest and most advantageous position within the marketplace whether it’s a rollout, an expansion or a first time opening.

Landlords and Developers

We represent developers and property owners in sales and leasing of retail and restaurant properties. From design to documentation to targeting tenant mix to leasing strategy, we collaborate with ownership’s team to achieve project goals in the shortest possible time frame. Whether the menu calls for renovation and re-lease of existing buildings, the purchase and entitlement of raw land, the sale of improved land, or program development for retail and mixed-use projects, CGI is a hands-on member of the Team.

Community and Civic Projects

CGI consults with various community and governmental agencies upon request. As merchandising specialists, we help define the “tone” in mixed-use projects and create strategies to maximize the beneficial interplay of shopping center and street retail. The result is an increase in sales revenue and retail productivity followed by higher rents and a more vital retail fabric. 

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Adriano Paganini

“I have been working with Carol Gilbert and CGI for over two decades; their level of commitment and attention to detail is remarkable.

But most important to me, I feel like we are part of the same team and I can trust them 100% and not just their expertise but also that they are working selflessly on my side to protect my interests.”

Adriano Paganini
Restaurateur – Beretta, Delarosa, Lolinda, Super Duper Burger, Starbelly

photo by Spencer Brown