Saunders & Associates, a leading independent real estate firm in the Hamptons, has announced a new hire: Jon Gruen, of Sag Harbor. A longtime entrepreneur and businessman, Gruen joins Saunders & Associates as a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, who will work out of the firm’s Southampton office. He comes to Saunders with extensive knowledge in residential and commercial real estate. For nearly 20 years, Gruen invested in property on the East End and in Manhattan. Since the 1960s, Gruen has designed and built several properties in New York and in the Hamptons.
In 1971, he started a high-end optical chain, The Gruen Optika Company, which grew to 11 successful retail stores in areas such as East Hampton, Huntington, Connecticut and New York. In 2000, he sold the business to a group of investment bankers.