Our Story

Headquartered in Atlanta, Halpern owns and operates more than 50 retail centers, totaling more than 3.4 million square feet, in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Humble Beginnings

The company was founded in 1959 by the late Bernard Halpern, who emigrated from Poland in 1938 at the age of 16.

With the dream of starting a new life in America, he settled in Atlanta, learned English by attending night school, and within two years purchased his own grocery store. Bernard later became a residential real estate developer of small apartment complexes located on the west side of Atlanta.

In the early 1960s, he exchanged his residential properties for shopping centers. Bernard’s wife and children eventually joined him at the company, and upon his death in 1980, took over its management.

A Family Tradition

Today, Halpern Enterprises is guided by Bernard’s son, Jack Halpern, as chairman, and his daughter, Carolyn Halpern Oppenheimer, as executive vice president. They have expanded the business through development and acquisitions, and by recruiting a talented management team, led by President Bill Brown.

The family’s next generation has joined the company as well, with Cary Halpern, Benjamin Halpern, Matthew Oppenheimer, Brad Oppenheimer and Chris Hoffmeister taking on key roles in leasing, property management and development.


We honor our commitments and deal fairly at all times, building upon the legacy created by Bernard & Shirley Halpern. We are committed to our associates’ success, providing them with long-term, rewarding career opportunities, while maintaining an atmosphere of harmony and mutual respect.

We are committed to the success of our tenants. Through disciplined growth, we constantly seek prudent opportunities to increase our portfolio and improve the quality of our properties.

We are a positive force — a caring, committed partner — in each community where we do business.

Our Journey

Bernard built Halpern on a solid foundation of integrity, a long-range view of business relationships and a commitment to maintaining the highest ethical standards and practices.

By providing attractive, well-maintained spaces and structuring flexible leases, Halpern creates value for hundreds of tenants and offers desirable retail experiences to shoppers.

With more than 50 properties, totaling more than 3.4 million square feet, Halpern’s portfolio continues to grow through acquisitions and new development.