During his 20s, Mario Kiezi and his family helped Kroger Co acquire six liquor stores in the midwest. This was the beginning of a long career in the real estate industry, where Kiezi is now the head of real estate development for Toledo-based Owens Corning. The company has a lot of projects in the works, including a hotel and residential development on the lakefront and a new mall in Toledo.
Kiezi and his ilk have a longstanding history in the retail sector, including an upscale mall in Toledo, an upscale strip center on the south side of Airport Highway and a few small scale properties in the greater Detroit area. One of Kiezi’s latest projects is a 9,317 square foot multitenant retail building near McCord Road. It will be home to Art Van Pure Sleep, a Buckeye Broadband retail store, and an eminently functional burger joint.
The most notable thing about Kiezi is his ability to leverage his extensive business acumen into building a successful real estate company. He has been awarded numerous awards for his achievements in real estate, and has a well-respected track record of achieving and sustaining profitable operations. The company’s current portfolio includes more than 2 million square feet of commercial real estate in the state of Ohio, plus an additional 200,000 square feet in the Detroit metro area. Kiezi has a longstanding business model that emphasizes a forward thinking approach to retail. He has made a few minor acquisitions in the metro Detroit area, including a small shopping center in Novi and the former Napi Shoppes in Shelby Township. The new owners of the Oakland Mall are planning a major renovation, which could include a farmer’s market in the mall’s parking lot.