In 1978 Jeffrey Surnow founded The Surnow Company, a real estate development and property management firm in West Bloomfield.
Jeffrey’s principles were simple:
Treat everyone with respect and
strive for excellence in service and delivery.
The Surnow Company started with its first property in Lathrup Village; a 1,500-square-foot retail center. His work in Lathrup Village grew to include some landmark buildings, including the renovation and repurposing of its original City Hall into a retail center; and the restoration of a 100,000 square-foot school that was leased to various charter schools through the years.
The firm started opening up office buildings in West Bloomfield. By the mid-80s The Surnow Company developed and managed skyscrapers and office complexes in Troy for tenants such as Toyota’s North American Headquarters; Saturn; Beaumont; various automotive suppliers, government-sponsored properties, and medical and learning centers.
Work was also expanding at The Surnow Company’s original stomping grounds of Lathrup Village with larger tenant footprints such as FedEx and St. Louis bread (Panera Bread’s precursor) creating a vibrant tenant mix along Southfield Road.
The company went national with expansions into Ohio, Florida and Colorado and was thriving.
The economic downturn in the mid-to late 2000s hit the real estate industry hard and The Surnow Company was not immune. Very quickly, the company’s trajectory shifted from one of unlimited rapid growth to uncertain survival.