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Our History

Donahue Schriber was originally established as John S. Griffith & Co. in 1947.  John S. Griffith & Co. was a pioneer in shopping center development and created one of Southern California’s first regional malls, which set the stage for the explosive levels of retail growth that followed.  Mr. Donahue and Mr. Schriber both started their careers at Coldwell Banker in Newport Beach.  In the late 1960s, they joined John S. Griffith & Co. as capital market and leasing specialists which ultimately lead to two decades of development of some of the most recognized shopping centers in Southern California.  In 1976, Messrs. Donahue and Schriber acquired John S. Griffith & Co. and in 1981 changed the name to Donahue Schriber.

The ownership was enhanced in 1991 when 50% of Donahue Schriber was purchased by Cambridge Shopping Centres Ltd., a publicly traded Canadian company with a $2.4 billion market capitalization that acquired, developed, and owned regional malls in Canada (today Ivanhoé Cambridge).

In February 1997, Donahue Schriber formed a private real estate investment trust under the banner of Donahue Schriber Realty Group, Inc. (“DSRG”).  At formation, the assets of DSRG exceeded $120 million and the development, management, and leasing portfolio (owned and/or managed) exceeded 6.4 million square feet of retail.

On April 30, 1998, the company acquired substantially all of the assets of Diversified Shopping Centers, a California-based neighborhood shopping center development and operating company.  The combination of the two operations significantly expanded DSRG’s presence in key western markets.

DSRG currently owns and operates over 50 neighborhood, community, and power retail centers, encompassing over 10 million square feet.  Its shopping centers are anchored by national and regional credit tenants including Target, Albertsons/Safeway, Kroger, Walmart, T.J. Maxx, Lowe’s, Kohl’s, Home Depot, Ross, CVS/pharmacy, Trader Joe’s, and Raley’s.

The success of DSRG’s retail projects has established strong relationships with many retail tenants and the institutional investment community.  DSRG’s major investors, JP Morgan Chase Bank’s Strategic Property Fund and the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System, recognize the value created by partnering with a development and management team that understands their objectives and generates positive returns on their capital.