Founded in 1996, H. Blount Hunter Retail & Real Estate
Research Company is an independent advisory firm to developers,
municipalities, and non-profit agencies including redevelopment
authorities and business improvement districts. H. Blount
Hunter has conducted consumer research and retail real estate
studies in virtually all of the Top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas
as well as smaller markets in more than 40 states, Canada,
and Puerto Rico.
H. Blount Hunter is a 1977 honors graduate of the University
of Virginia with concentrations in economics and sociology.
His experience in retail-related consumer research and retail
site analysis spans 25 years:
From 1977 until 1980, Hunter was the Research Analyst in
the Sales Development Department of The Virginian-Pilot newspaper
in Norfolk, Virginia, where he analyzed the results of the
annual Hampton Roads Opinion Survey of more than 2,000 consumer
households. He used the data from this internally-conducted
study of consumer shopping and media habits to formulate media
buys and recommend store location strategies for retailers
in the Norfolk metropolitan area.
From 1980 until early 1984, Hunter was the Director of Research
and Communications for Goodman Segar Hogan, Inc., one of the
Mid-Atlantic's largest regional developers and institutional
management firms. Hunter established the Tidewater Office
Market Survey of supply/demand conditions while performing
retail site analyses for strip centers and regional malls.
From early 1984 until early 1996, Hunter was Senior Research
Analyst at The Rouse Company where he lead research efforts
related to urban retail and suburban shopping center development
feasibility, merchandising/leasing, marketing, and operations
trouble-shooting. Hunter earned national recognition for his
expertise in urban retailing, food courts, and tourism-related
retailing. He conducted more than 50 investment analyses for
The Rouse Company's Acquisitions/Management Program and completed
retail studies in virtually all major metropolitan markets
in the United States. Hunter's innovative application of research
methodologies included serial intercepts in highly seasonal
centers; Awareness-Trial-Usage surveys before and after project
openings; national research with the U.S. Travel Data Center
to measure tourist usage of urban festival marketplaces; tourism
impact research; and Advertising Effectiveness Tracking studies.
From January through July of 1996, Hunter served as Manager
of Strategic Planning for the City of Norfolk. In his role
as advisor to the City Manager, he participated in the advancement
of MacArthur Center (a 1 million square foot Nordstrom-anchored
center in Downtown Norfolk) and impact analysis of non-taxable
land within the city.