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As a leader in the retail real estate industry, the experts at Baker Katz are often called on by local, regional and national media to comment on retail and development trends. Check out our latest news coverage.

May 17

Amazon Effect

Retailers are positioning themselves as the online giant’s brick-and-mortar ambitions unfold By Joel Groover Speculation about the real estate role of Amazon.com is growing as more information emerges about its closely held plans for U.S. stores.

May 4

Grocery Wars Intensify in Texas

Jason Baker, founding partner of Houston-based retail brokerage rm Baker Katz, credits this trend to the efforts of traditional grocers such as Kroger and H-E-B to diversify their product lines and service offerings. “Twenty years ago,

May 2

2 New Outback Locations

Baker Katz’s Jason Baker repped Outback Steakhouse in two new Houston-area locations, 6,500 SF apiece in Katy and Pasadena. The Katy restaurant will be at the intersection of IH-10 and Katy Fort Bend Road. The Pasadena

May 1

Online Conundrum

The Landlord forgoes base rent and collects only percentage rent as a way to prop up tenants at risk of going dark. And in yet another scenario, percentage rent kicks in as a result of the

Apr 24

Experts Talk RECon; Creating Unique Experiences For Con...

BY NATALIE DOLCE LAS VEGAS—The 2017 edition of ICSC’s colossal RECon convention is gearing up and GlobeSt.com chats with a few expert sources on their expectations and predictions for the show. LAS VEGAS—While there have been

Apr 5

Opportunities for construction lending

After taking a hit post-recession, construction and development lending is accelerating once more, but community banks are proceeding with caution By Beth Mattson-Teig Construction loans that all but disappeared in the wake of the recession are

Mar 23

Need For Restaurants Spurs Mall-Area Development Globe St.

Citing the need for added restaurant options, in addition to boasting a steady and consistent neighborhood activity pace for three decades, a site has been deemed a viable match for development. And, no 80-year-old trees will

Mar 23

Houston brokerage closes on land at ‘dominant ret... Houston Business Journal

Houston-based Baker Katz LLC plans to bring more retail to southeast Houston, a bustling corner of the city that boasts one of the city’s most successful shopping malls. The brokerage recently closed on roughly two acres

Mar 8

Exclusive: See a Houston developer’s latest plans... Houston Business Journal

Braun Enterprises, an inner-Loop developer best known for its retail projects, is planning an ambitious two-story ground-up retail development at Shepherd Drive and West 24th Street in the Heights. The Houston-based company will build a 24,000-square-foot

Mar 8

Theater Wars Light Up The Big Screen Globe St.

HOUSTON—A new generation of experiential movie theater concepts is departing with industry conventional wisdom and beginning to change mixed-use development calculations, says Baker Katz in this EXCLUSIVE. HOUSTON—While going to the movies has always been an

Feb 13

Houston Developers: Not All Adaptive Reuse Projects Cre... Houston Business Journal

Adaptive reuse, or the restoration of a historic property into usable real estate, has grown in popularity among Houston developers looking for space in an increasingly dense inner Loop. But not all of these projects are

Jan 11

More stores coming to Houston as retailers plan to grow... Houston Chronicle

Retailers are on track to expand rapidly throughout the Houston area this year in an effort to keep up with population growth and cash in on a steadily improving economy. Developers are expected to build and

Jan 5

Popular Snooze Restaurant Plans Two More Locations Houston Chronicle

Set your alarm clocks: The popular Snooze breakfast and brunch spot will open two more locations this summer. Snooze, which made its debut in Houston in a midcentury-mod space at 3217 Montrose last year, draws a

Nov 22

Fast-Casual Eatery Melts Into Core Trade Areas Globe St.

HOUSTON—The Melt, a fast-casual restaurant serving food exclusively from natural ingredients, opened its first Texas location at The Lawn at Houston’s Baybrook Mall yesterday. An additional location is slated to open in spring of 2017 at

Nov 7

Developer sells popular Port Arthur shopping center Beaumont Enterprise

The retail shopping center in Port Arthur containing Hobby Lobby, PetSmart and Party City is not expected to change despite the sale of the property earlier this year, real estate firm Baker Katz said. The Houston-based

Nov 4

Here’s where Houston stands as a national retail ... Houston Business Journal

The closure, bankruptcy or downsizing of several national, big box retailers has driven home the importance of retailers maintaining strong online and brick-and-mortar presences. And a recent report from FTI Consulting attempts to identify the overall

Oct 15

Dick’s brings game to Academy’s home turf Houston Chronicle

Dick’s Sporting Goods recently opened in Katy’s The Shoppes at Parkwest, at Interstate 10 and Katy Fort Bend Road. Dick’s Sporting Goods joins Houston’s retail scene Friday with six new stores. The Pittsburgh-based newcomer is planning

Oct 7

Clinton, Trump provide treat for Halloween retailers Houston Chronicle

Their poll numbers have gone up and down, but Donald Trump holds a 10-point lead over Hillary Clinton in one notable demographic: Halloween partygoers. While young trick-or-treaters are looking to be heroic this year, with superhero

Sep 22

Brokerage scoops up historic Washington Ave. building, ... Houston Business Journal

A historic building in a bustling corner of Washington Avenue was scooped up by a joint venture between Houston’s Braun Enterprises and Baker Katz LLC. The two-story building, located at 1919 Washington Ave., contains 17,000 square

Sep 8

Finding the Right Tactics is Key for Repositioning Reta... REBusiness Online

For real estate developers and investors, a time of transition and evolution within the retail world presents abundant opportunities to capitalize by acquiring and investing in underperforming spaces. With an infusion of capital, some strategic restructuring