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Team / Bruce Baja


As the founder and Director of the Retail Division, as well as a Vice President and Principal of Signature Associates, Bruce specializes in representing national and regional retailers, landlords, developers, and investors in the sale and leasing of freestanding properties, all types of shopping centers, multi-parcel land assemblages, investment sales, and development opportunities.

With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Bruce has been involved in all aspects of the real estate transaction and has lengthy relationships with many national retailers such as Panera Bread, with whom he has worked for almost 20 years, assisting the brand with their growth across Michigan. The length of his relationships is a tribute to the trust and faith his clients have in him. He has also become a specialist in designing rollout and expansion plans for existing retailers as well as those looking to enter the Michigan and Northern Ohio markets. He combines his extensive industry knowledge, relationships, earnest work ethic, creativity, and ultimate drive to succeed with Signature Associates’ many resources, always striving to provide clients with precisely what they need.

Affiliations & Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in both Finance and Economics, University of Michigan
  • CoStar Power Broker
  • Member, Southern Wayne County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Dearborn Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Member, Commercial Board of Realtors (CBOR)
  • Member, Dearborn Country Club
  • Member, University of Michigan Alumni Association
  • Selected by Panera Bread as their 2020 Top National Broker Mother Bread winner


  • AAA
  • Advance Auto Parts
  • Allen Park DDA
  • Applebee’s Grill & Bar
  • Aqua-Tots
  • ATI Physical Therapy
  • Banfield Pet Hospital
  • Black Rock Bar & Grill
  • CarMax
  • Del Taco
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Ford Land
  • Germack Pistachio Company
  • Little Caesars
  • McDonald’s
  • MOD Pizza
  • Olga’s Kitchen
  • Panera Bread
  • Pei Wei
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • Sola Salon Studios
  • Skechers
  • The NorthFace
  • Westborn Market

*Additional client list available upon request.

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