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The Anderson Group Corners the (Farmers) Market on Commercial Property Management Services

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The Capital District Farmers Market is in full bloom

For more than 75 years, the Capital District Cooperative (commonly known as The Capital District Farmers Market in Menands) has given upstate New York farmers and food distributors the opportunity to connect directly to retailers and consumers. But after 85 years of managing its 11 buildings and nearly 30 acres on its own, the organization turned to Albany, NY commercial property management company The Anderson Group for its commercial property management services.

Ralph Douty, president of the Capital District Cooperative, spent nine years on the organization’s board of directors before assuming the presidency. He said that by 2013, the organization was ready to hire a professional property management company that could more efficiently and effectively handle a large, multi-use property.

“We invited The Anderson Group to our office to meet the board, and every single person was impressed with their capabilities,” says Douty. “They do what they do best, which is making sure our properties run smoothly, so we can focus on what we do best, which is providing an important service to local farmers and businesses. It’s a perfect partnership.”

Douty, who was born and raised on his family farm on Wolf Road (the last of which was sold off in 1995 and now houses Red Lobster, The Olive Garden, and other Wolf Road businesses), has a long history with and is heavily invested in the Capital District Farmers Market and its success.

“I used to come down to the Farmers Market with my grandfather when I was seven years old,” reflects Douty. “This place has been part of my life since the 1950s. I want to make sure that the Farmers Market keeps growing and improving.”


The Farmers Market is home to The Capital District Cooperative, but it’s also home to a host of tenants, including Adventure in Food Trading, a wholesale distributor of fine culinary specialties and exotic game; D. Brickman Inc., purveyor of produce, seafood and cheese; DNT Express, a wine and spirits distributor; Audio Video Corporation, provider of broadcast and presentation systems equipment; CDL Driving School; Saginaw Lumber; and flower, fruit, and produce farmers.

Douty says that despite the property’s diverse mix of businesses and uses, his tenants have few, if any, complaints. He said The Anderson Group’s property management professionals check in with him on a daily basis and serve as a seamless extension of the Cooperative’s internal team.

The Anderson Group’s commercial property management role at the Farmers Market includes providing general facility management, negotiating leases and contracts with new tenants, performing major property repairs, and managing the organization’s billing, rent collection, and budgeting. But companies that partner with The Anderson Group’s property management professionals can benefit from additional value-added services, including housekeeping, landscaping and grounds maintenance, financial reporting, HVAC services, electrical and plumbing services, life safety, space planning, interior design, and construction management.

“This property is being managed very efficiently. The Anderson Group is responsive and easy to work with. They’re straight up and honest, and they find a way to get things done. I can’t say enough good things about them,” says Douty. “There’s no one better. The Anderson Group is the real deal.”

For information about the Capital District Farmers Market in Menands, including market hours, visit or call (518) 465-1023.


For more information about The Anderson Group, visit or call (518) 458-7726.

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