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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 10

Working With Expanding Chains

Many markets are seeing new concepts expand and grow. But are they doing it smartly? Here’s advice on working with expanding concepts to develop a smart plan of attack for a market. Interview by Randall Shearin

Snooze Eatery

May 8

Restaurant Consumers Demand More Variety

Savvy entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry are finding success by being ‘differentiators’ in product offerings and branding. From fast casual to fine dining, Americans’ appetite for more restaurant options is growing. The Bureau of

May 6

Villasport to Open 121,000 SF Athletic Facility

KATY, TEXAS — VillaSport Athletic Club & Spa, an operator of upscale fitness clubs, will open a 121,000-square-foot athletic facility within Stableside at Falcon Landing, a 270,000-square-foot retail development in Katy. The facility will feature NBA-size

Jackie Adams, owner of Melodrama boutique - photo by Brett Coomer

May 3

Retail rents rising, despite industry turmoil

Rent for Houston retail space has risen to an all-time high, despite a long-term decline in brick-and-mortar businesses. The average asking rent for Houston retail space during the first quarter rose to $16.90 per square foot,

Apr 16

VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa inks big lease in Katy

VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa will kick off the next phase of the Stableside at Falcon Landing retail center in the Katy area with its third location in the Houston market. The private club has leased

Feb 28

Houston’s Grand Parkway offers 184 miles of futur...

Retail observers would be hard-pressed to name a loop, high street, highway or byway in any large American market that is a bigger hotbed of retail development than Greater Houston’s aptly named Grand Parkway. When completed

Feb 20

This Week’s Houston Deal Sheet

Global real estate investment management firm Heitman completed the acquisition of a 1.4M SF medical office portfolio composed of 17 buildings in seven states, with Texas taking the lion’s share. Sugar Land’s Medical Plaza I and II

Jan 30

What’s ahead in 2018? Houston business likely to ...

What will 2018 bring to Houston’s bustling business community? We turned to some of our reliable sources for their observations and predictions for the year to come. Here’s a compendium of what we learned: Economy to

Jan 30

A Retail Recalibration Throughout Houston

For retail tenants and developers alike, Houston’s Space City moniker could easily be interpreted as a kind of tongue-in-cheek double meaning, mainly because space is one thing Houston always has plenty of. Commercial developers have taken

Jan 30

Houston retail construction slows as online shopping ac...

Houston retail construction is tapering off as the rising popularity of online shopping gives developers some pause. An estimated 3.3 million square feet of new shopping centers are slated for completion across the Houston area this

Jan 22

Amazon Opens Prototype 1,800 SF Checkout-Free Grocery S...

SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) has opened the first location of Amazon Go, an 1,800-square-foot mini grocery store in Seattle that allows customers to shop without waiting in checkout lines. The store was open exclusively

Dec 29

Here are the Houston-area stores HEB plans to open in 2...

It’s been a year of growth for San Antonio-based H-E-B Grocery Co. in Houston, and 2018 will be no different. In 2017, the company opened two locations and a Joe V’s concept in the greater Houston

Dec 29

Eco-Conscious Eatery Chooses Webster Center

WEBSTER, TX—X Team International partner Baker Katz acquired a 2-acre site in Webster earlier this year and has broken ground on two buildings, totaling approximately 15,000 square feet, which will include large outdoor patio seating and visibility to Bay Area Boulevard.

Dec 19

Keeping It Short – Shopping Centers Today

Tenant leases are ending sooner as landlords get more innovative about their space By Steve McLinden   Retail product cycles are not the only shrinking index in the shifting shopping center landscape. Leases, too, are getting

Nov 10

Exclusive: New Washington Ave. redevelopment to include...

A little over a year ago, two Houston-area developers scooped up an historic property on Washington Avenue with plans to renovate. Though the property’s vacant space hasn’t been leased yet, more details on the developers’ plans

Nov 6

BakerKatz Secures 7,300 SF Retail Lease in Montgomery, ...

MONTGOMERY, TEXAS — Retail brokerage firm Baker Katz has secured a 7,300-square-foot retail lease at the corner of State Highway 105 and Lone Star Parkway in Montgomery on behalf of Pet Supplies Plus. Lunden McGill of

Houston Brokers see potential slowdown in retail developments in 2018

Houston may see a slowdown in retail development in 2018 – but that probably isn’t a bad thing. “Two years ago, there was no end in sight (to retail developments),” said Jason Baker of Baker Katz

Oct25

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Mid-Week in the South and Mountain Regions

Here’s a look at the trends, announcements and deals you may have missed at the mid-week point in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and Arkansas. NEWS AND NOTABLES AUSTIN, TX—Legend Communities and Crescent Communities announced Rough

Oct24

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Baker Katz Secures 6,300 SF Retail Lease with Healthcare Tenant in Houston

HOUSTON — Baker Katz has secured a 6,300-square-foot retail lease at Stonegate Shopping Center in Houston on behalf of American Family Care, a primary and urgent care provider. Ben Brown of Baker Katz and Jennifer Watson

Oct4

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Houston retail brokerage expands leasing, development team

Houston-based Baker Katz, a retail brokerage, recently recruited two real estate specialists, one of whom will focus on build-to-suit developments. John Frazier and Matt Reese joined Baker Katz in early September, the firm announced in a

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