John Gelderman Joins Opus Development Corporation as Senior Vice President of National Retail Development

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Opus Development Corporation announced today that John Gelderman has been hired as Senior Vice President of National Retail Development.

As senior vice president of national retail development, Gelderman will lead the current Opus retail team, oversee all existing retail development and will be responsible for seeking all new retail development opportunities across the country. 

Gelderman has 20 years of retail industry experience including shopping center development, retail consulting and as a national director for retailers. He has worked with Pepsico – Taco Bell, Caribou Coffee, CSM Corporation, Opus Northwest, L.L.C., and is currently with his own consulting firm, JFG Retail Real Estate Advisors, where he has worked with a number of retail clients and is just finishing development on the Frogtown Square mixed-use retail and apartment project located in St. Paul. 

“Gelderman is a seasoned professional who is well respected in the retail industry. We are thrilled to have him in this leadership position driving opportunities for retail development, an area of great expertise for the Opus team,” said Tom Shaver, president and chief executive officer, Opus Development Corporation. 

Gelderman holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in real estate finance from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business. Currently, he is a member of the Minnesota Shopping Center Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers, where he is the Retail Chair for Minnesota and the Dakotas. 

“I’m looking forward to working once again with the talented team at Opus. It’s a great company with a strong retail background and I plan on leveraging that proven expertise on a national basis,” said Gelderman. 

About The Opus Group
The Opus Group™ is a family of national commercial real estate companies headquartered in Minneapolis, with expertise in development, project management and construction, architecture and engineering, finance, sales and leasing. The Opus Group includes Opus Holding, L.L.C. and Opus Holding, Inc. and their operating subsidiaries, Opus Development Corporation, Opus Design Build, L.L.C. and Opus AE Group, Inc. Specializing in office, industrial, retail, residential living, institutional and government projects, The Opus Group has broad capabilities, deep experience and a proven design-build model that delivers solutions for customers on time and on budget. For more information, visit