RTi Research Moves Headquarters into 14,000 Square Feet At ESRT’s MerrittView in Norwalk

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESRT) (“ESRT”), a leading real estate investment trust with office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, has leased 13,990 square feet at MerrittView, 383 Main Avenue, in Norwalk, CT, to RTi Research (“RTi”).

RTi will relocate from 1351 Washington Boulevard in Stamford, CT, to the seventh floor of MerrittView, conveniently located near the intersection of U.S. Route 7 and the Merritt Parkway, in Norwalk, CT.

RTi, a global market research and brand strategy company founded in 1979 by Mel Rothstein and Richard Tauber, was recently named a “2014 CT Top Workplace” by Heart Connecticut Newspapers.

“The move to MerrittView should enable RTi to further its already strong tradition of employee satisfaction, as evidenced by its Top Workplace honor,” says Jeffrey H. Newman, senior vice president of Empire State Realty Trust. “Among the on-site amenities at MerrittView that RTi employees can enjoy are tenants-only fitness, dining and conference facilities, and shuttle van service to and from the South Norwalk Transportation Center.”

Other prestigious tenants housed at MerrittView include Acosta, Inc., Antenna Audio, Arysta LifeScience, CenturyLink, Charter Brokerage, Cisco Systems, Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company, Information Resources, Nestle Holdings, Reed Elsevier, SAP America, Sungard and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Mr. Newman represented the landlord in lease negotiations, along with senior leasing associate Kimberly Zaccagnino and leasing associate Tara Long. Alan Peterson and John P. Hannigan of Choyce Peterson, Inc. represented RTi.

About Empire State Realty Trust

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world’s most famous office building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.0 million rentable square feet, as of September 30, 2014, consisting of 9.3 million rentable square feet in 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 731,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio. The Company also owns land at the Stamford, Connecticut Transportation Center that supports the development of an approximately 380,000 rentable square foot office building and garage.

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