James Lampassi was named Barnes & Noble’s Vice President of Real Estate Development in July 2017. He is responsible for developing and executing the real estate strategy, as well as lead store development and construction initiatives.
Mr. Lampassi was previously with Petco Animal Supplies Stores, Inc., where he served as Vice President, Real Estate and Construction, in a retail organization with $4.5B in sales and more than 1,440 stores. He led a team of 80 professional site selectors, construction project managers, lease administrators, energy managers, architects and store maintenance managers. The company added nearly 700 stores during Mr. Lampassi’s tenure. He also served as Chairman of Petco’s Real Estate Committee.
Mr. Lampassi has a rich history of retail experience, beginning his career at Grossman’s, Inc., as a Location Research Analyst. He went on to Marshalls, Inc., where he began his 11-year career as a Senior Location Analyst and rose to Manager of Market and Location Research, Regional Real Estate Director of the Western United States, and the Regional Real Estate Director for New England. He also held leadership roles in the real estate segments of Office Depot, Inc., Extended Stay America, Inc., Zoots Corporation and Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc., before joining Petco, where he served as Vice President, Real Estate and Construction, for 10 years.
Mr. Lampassi currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the International Council of Shopping Centers, of which he has been an active member for more than 25 years. He is a graduate of Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science in Geography, Urban Planning. He has an Executive Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California.