May 20

Retail wrap: Burkes Outlet, State Far Kitchen & Bar, Dave’s Hot Chicken ink new locations

Florida-based PopStroke Entertainment Group will open a Tiger Woods-designed golf entertainment facility on 3.2 acres in Katy Grand, a project of NewQuest Properties at Interstate 10 and the Grand Parkway. The venue will include two 18-hole putting courses and an 8,000-square-foot restaurant. Opening is planned in summer 2022.

Houston-based Baker Katz purchased the 34,748-square-foot building occupied by Foodarama at 1805 Ella Blvd. near West 18th Street in the Timbergrove area. The deal paves the way for a redevelopment of the center, which includes an additional 12,800 square feet acquired by Baker Katz in 2016. The seller was Bayview Associates in care of Kin Properties. Foodarama’s lease ends late 2021 but the store could stay open until early 2022, according to Kenneth Katz, principal of Baker Katz.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic plans to build a 19,137-square-foot clinic in the Gulfgate Shopping Center, at 520 Gulfgate Center Mall, in southeast Houston. The facility will have room for up to 11 providers offering primary and specialty care. Powers Brown Architecture designed the clinic and United Constructors is the general contractor. Opening is planned in October.

Burkes Outlet opened a 24,000-square-foot store at Matagorda Plaza, a 120,000-square-foot retail center at 4009 7th St. in Bay City. The store replaced Palais Royal in the center. David Cottrell of David Cottrell Investments represented the landlord, Rock Hard Real Estate. Bruce Fankel of Frankel Development represented the tenant.

State Fare Kitchen & Bar will open at Restaurant Row in Hughes Landing, a property of Howard Hughes Corp. in the Woodlands in late 2021. The restaurant is part of Culinary Khancepts, a Houston hospitality group led by Omar Khan. Gensler will design the space at 1900 Hughes Landing Blvd., Suite 200. Other State Fare locations are in Sugar Land and Memorial City.

Rumi’s Kitchen will open a 5,200-square-foot Persian restaurant next year in Post Oak Place, a luxury mixed-use development by the Zadok family at 1801 Post Oak Blvd. Zadok Jewelers recently opened in the building, which will also house Northern Trust and Uchiko restaurant.

Miami Nightz Bar & Grill leased 2,827 square feet at 1029 Texas 6 N. Sandra Aronds of Lee & Associates represented the tenant.

Jersey Mike’s Subs leased 1,253 square feet in Shoppes at San Felipe, at San Felipe and Voss. Kevin Sims of NewQuest Properties represented the landlord, SF/Vos Ltd. Lasater Miller and Lane Zieben of the Retail Connection represented the tenant.

Homebrew Coffee Shop and Eatery leased 1,500 square feet at the Highland Knolls Shopping Center at 21040 Highland Knolls in Katy. Kristen Barker of Wulfe & Co. represented the landlord.

Dave’s Hot Chicken leased 2,995 square feet in the Spring Town Center at FM 2920 and Kuykendahl Road in Spring. Debbie Adams of Edge Realty Partners represented the tenant. Kevin Sims of NewQuest Properties represented the landlord.

Circa Lighting is relocating to occupy 6,027 square feet in the Centre at River Oaks, at 3021 Kirby Drive. Shireen Owlia of NewQuest Properties represented the tenant. Crystal Allen of Transwestern Real Estate Services represented the building owner, Ainbinder Co. The center recently signed Original ChopShop as a tenant.

Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen leased 3,000 square feet in Valley Ranch Town Center, a development of the Signorelli Co. at the Grand Parkway and U.S. 59 in New Caney. Josh Jacob or the Blue Ox Group represented the tenant. Brody Farris represented the landlord.

By Katherine Feser
Houston Chronicle

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May 15

How H-E-B, other Houston retailers are responding to new CDC mask guidance

Not much has changed – yet – on the mask front for retailers, many of which were re-evaluating their mask policies on Friday, a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines.

Walmart took the first big plunge Friday afternoon, announcing vaccinated customers would no longer be required to wear masks inside its stores. As for unvaccinated customers, Walmart said, “we will continue to request that nonvaccinated customers and members wear face coverings in our stores and clubs.”

The CDC altered its guidelines Thursday for what vaccinated people can safely do, saying fully vaccinated people can resume pre-pandemic activities without masks and social distancing. The agency reminded people they still have to follow federal, local and business rules regarding masks and social distancing, pointing to federal transit policies requiring masks on planes, trains and buses.

Kroger and Ulta both said Friday they would require masks for entry at their grocery and beauty stores in Houston while they review the CDC’s latest guidelines. Spokespeople for H-E-B and CVS said simply they were evaluating their policies in light of the changes Thursday.

“As we have throughout the pandemic,” Kroger said in a statement, “we are reviewing current safety practices, the CDC’s latest guidance, and soliciting feedback from associates to guide the next phase of our policy.”

Local retailers said the CDC’s announcement would not immediately change things inside their stores and shopping centers.

The CDC’s latest update has been complicated to wade through, said Augie Bering V, owner of Bering’s Hardware, which has stores in Upper Kirby and West Houston. Understanding the latest development will require his human resources director to take an online class before he can make decisions about how to handle masks inside the store.

“For now, this weekend, it’s pretty much the same,” he said. “We’re not going to police it and we will still encourage it.”

Rex Solomon, owner of Houston Jewelry, said his employees and customers skew older, and it feels safer to stick with masks for the time being. “It’s best to be in, in issues of safety, convervative rather than risk-taking,” he said.

Kenneth Kats, whose firm Baker Katz operates PlazAmericas Mall in Sharpstown, said the mall stopped enforcing mask requirements in March, when Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the statewide mandate.

“The percentage of the population that’s sensitive to the people around them not wearing masks is dropping with the passing of time,” he said, noting both a desire to keep customers safe while also balancing retailers’ need for happy customers.

“It’s a fine line that everyone’s walking, including us.”

By Amanda Drane
Houston Chronicle

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May 5

Baker Katz purchases Foodarama building

The Foodarama at 18th Street and Ella Boulevard, part of a locally owned, privately held Texas-based company with 10 grocery stores throughout Houston and the surrounding areas, has long been a go-to for necessities. Now, the recent purchase of the building by Houston-based commercial real estate firm Baker Katz will close the store by 2022 to make way for a new development.

Baker Katz purchased the property from Bayview Associates in care of Kin Properties Inc. The deal closed April 5. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, according to a news release.

In 2016, Baker Katz purchased the other 12,800 square feet of the retail center. The purchase of the remaining 34,748 square feet will allow the company to redevelop the property as a whole.

“Adding the remaining square-footage of this highly visible shopping center to our portfolio is something we’ve wanted to do for quite a while,” Kenneth Katz said in the release. “Since acquiring this initial space in 2016, we’ve been diligent about planning for the long-term vision of this retail center and how it can be repositioned to be serve shoppers in the area. The shopping center is surrounded by growing neighborhoods including Timbergrove, Lazybrook and the Heights and the eventual transformation of this center will provide residents with even more excellent retail options.”

Katz said Foodarama’s lease ends later this year, but there is a chance it will remain there until early 2022.

“There is no time frame yet established for renovations,” he said.

Foodarama recently made the news in February during Houston’s snowstorm when it opened without power. As one grateful Yelp reviewer said: “They didn’t have a cash register, so they had to guess at prices, and it was ‘cash only.’ No one shopping cared. We were able to get water for our families. Thank you being a great neighbor and for being human. You saved the day.”

A representative for Foodarama was unavailable for comment.

By Betsy Denson
The Leader. Online

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