At A Glance

Thor Equities Group is a leader in the development, leasing and management of commercial, residential, retail, hotel and mixed-use assets in premier urban locations worldwide.


About Thor Equities Group

Thor Equities Group owns property in key urban markets throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Latin America, with portfolio transactions and a development pipeline in excess of $20 billion and totaling more than 50 million square feet. Founded by Chairman Joseph J. Sitt, Thor Equities is based in New York City with offices in London, Paris, Mexico City, New York and Chicago. The company specializes in identifying and maximizing the value of its holdings, and generating strong returns for investors.


Joseph J. Sitt

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Joseph J. Sitt is Chairman of Thor Equities Group, a global leader in urban real estate development, leasing and management of commercial, residential, retail, hotel and mixed-use assets.  Founded in 1986 by Mr. Sitt, the company owns prime property in the United States, Europe and Latin America, with portfolio transactions and a development pipeline in excess of $20 billion and totaling more than 50 million square feet.

Mr. Sitt is also CEO of Thor Retail Advisors, a premier leasing agent and exclusive representative of global retailers in their search for prime locations; Chairman of Thor Urbana, which develops and acquires retail, office and mixed-use properties in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Mérida and other Mexican cities; and Chairman and Managing Principal of Thor Urban Property Funds, an investment vehicle serving pension funds, investment banks, college endowments and foundations.

Mr. Sitt was awarded the 2014 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and has been named by political magazine City & State as one of the Most Powerful People in New York.  Harvard professor Michael Porter and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) have also honored him for his commitment to fostering healthy competitive business conditions and new opportunities in inner city neighborhoods.

He has served on the board of the Real Estate Roundtable in Washington, D.C., the Department of Real Estate at Baruch College, and is a member of the Partnership for New York City.  Mr. Sitt also serves on the board of the Bedford Stuyvesant Corporation, founded by Robert F. Kennedy and Jacob Javits. 

Mr. Sitt is Chairman and Founder of Global Gateway Alliance, a non-profit organization established to address the major challenges facing the New York-New Jersey region’s aging airport system and related infrastructure. 

He has served on the boards of the Downtown Brooklyn Council economic development advocacy group, REBNY’s Board of Governors, and as Chairman of the Brooklyn Fulton Street Business Improvement District.  He has spent much of his career focusing on youth development and education, serving on the Boards of Brooklyn’s Flatbush High School and TAB High School, leading a teen program and acting as an ongoing mentor and guidance counselor to Brooklyn youth.

Mr. Sitt founded women’s clothing retailer Ashley Stewart, expanding the company to 380 stores in over 100 cities.  Its phenomenal growth prompted many national retailers to take notice of opportunities in the urban marketplace.  A key to his success at Ashley Stewart was identifying and leveraging the best real estate opportunities for its stores. In 2000, he decided to divest his interest in Ashley Stewart and focus exclusively on Thor Equities.  Mr. Sitt is a graduate of New York University's Stern School of Business.

Melissa Gliatta

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As COO of Thor Equities Group, Melissa Gliatta works closely with Mr. Sitt to expand the company's global business activities.

Her responsibilities include overseeing asset management, leasing, human resources, development and construction, as well as marketing and property management in major markets including New York,  Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco,
Montreal, Paris, Madrid and London.

Ms. Gliatta was named Vice President of Thor in 2003, focusing on operations and management of the company's growing commercial real estate portfolios. She was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2010. Ms. Gliatta's strong leadership and operation skills - developed during her time at Ashley Stewart - enabled her to attract a team of experienced and dedicated professionals to Thor Equities, and help grow the company into a full-service real estate firm with offices in New York, Chicago, London, Paris and Mexico City.

Our History

Thor Equities Group was founded in 1986 by Chairman Joseph J. Sitt. Today, the company owns more than 160 properties throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Latin America.

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Joseph Sitt founds Thor Equities Group. The company's first investment is a property sold at tax auction on East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx, a chronically underserved retail area. Thor builds a one-story retail structure and secures national retailers Rite Aid and Payless, adding value to the property and location.

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Mr. Sitt targets a void he observes in the market in America’s urban retail sector, founding Urban Brands and creating fashion brand Ashley Stewart, ultimately establishing 380 stores with over 5,000 employees in more than 100 cities.

Who We Are 1998


Joe divests his remaining interest in Ashley Stewart. With his knowledge and history in retail, he builds a team of real estate professionals and expands Thor to focus on assets that have strong retail components, acquiring properties in markets that will soon become some of the top performing retail corridors in the United States.

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Joe is honored as one of Crain’s “40 Under 40,” celebrating those individuals in New York City who have achieved success in business before turning 40.

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The company is constantly approached by retailers and property owners regarding their global demands for unparalleled retail advice and planning. In response, Joe creates Thor Retail Advisors, an exclusive representative of global retailers in their search for prime locations, and a premier leasing agent for marquee properties worldwide.

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Realizing the need for a more international presence, Thor expands in the European and Latin America markets, opening offices in London for Thor Retail Advisors, and forming Thor Urbana in Mexico.

Who We Are 2013


Thor launches its residential division, acquiring four rental apartment buildings on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Thor Equities is now a Global Real Estate Leader


Thor Equities Group owns, manages and leases properties in key global cities such as New York, London, Paris, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Mexico City and Montreal.

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Thor Equities North America

Thor Equities North America

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Thor Equities Group is a global leader in urban real estate development, leasing and management of commercial, residential, retail, hotel and mixed-use assets. The company's properties in North America are strategically located in major markets including New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Houston, as well as Montreal’s prestigious Saint Catherine Street. Thor Equities maximizes value and generates strong returns for investors by recognizing a property's potential, reducing operating expenses, increasing tenant satisfaction, and leveraging market trends to maintain a long-term competitive edge.

Thor Equities Europe

Thor Equities Europe

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Thor Equities Group has been actively acquiring properties in Europe since 2008.  Mirroring the strategy it used to grow its North American portfolio, the company focuses on key global cities including London and Paris, as well as other prominent locations such as Milan, Berlin, Munich, Barcelona and Madrid. Thor owns a number of significant European properties including 51-53 Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, Bond Street House in London, 30 Gran Via in Madrid, and 26 Via della Spiga in Milan.

Thor Equities Residential

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Thor Equities Residential focuses on the growing residential market in New York City. Through the acquisition and management of New York City rental apartment buildings, the company brings transitional design and innovative strategies to its portfolio of residential properties. With a seamless rental process and customer focused philosophy, along with an emphasis on preserving quality and history, Thor creates an enjoyable lifestyle for all residents.

Thor Retail Advisors
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Thor Retail Advisors is an exclusive representative of global retailers in their search for prime locations, and a premier leasing agent for marquee properties worldwide. Thor Retail Advisors was founded to address the increasing global demands of retailers and property owners for unparalleled retail advice and planning. With offices and dedicated teams in New York, London and Mexico City, we are committed to ensuring client satisfaction across a seamless international platform.

Thor Retail Advisors capitalizes on its unparalleled institutional knowledge to provide landlords with individually developed strategic leasing campaigns. We are known globally for best-in-class tenant representation services and expertise, delivering optimal solutions for complex real estate needs.

Thor Urbana
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Thor Urbana is a leading real estate investment and development company based in Mexico City, aimed to capitalize on Mexico´s strong economic growth and real estate fundamentals. Through its vertically integrated platform, the firm specializes in sourcing, acquiring, developing, repositioning, leasing, managing and disposing of multiple real estate projects including lifestyle centers, luxury hotels, and mixed-use projects located in the country’s main cities and top tourist destinations. 

The firm is currently developing over 11 million square feet in various high-growth markets across the country such as Mexico City, Guadalajara, Playa del Carmen, Merida, Metepec and Los Cabos, among others.