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Helping schoolkids – from a distance

August 16, 2020 1:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Volunteers distribute backpacks Tuesday during The Alliance and PlazAmericas’ Back to School drive in Houston. This is the 13th annual drive for the nonprofit and mall. Photo: Houston Chronicle / Elizabeth Conley / Staff Photographer


Big Gains For Small Shops

February 2, 2019 4:25 pm Published by Comments Off on Big Gains For Small Shops

Open-air landlords report strong growth among mom-and-pops Small-shop tenants took a hit when credit dried up after the 2008 financial crisis. Now, a decade later, some landlords are reporting record-high occupancies and rents for these operators, ...


New H-E-B In The Heights To Improve Shepherd Drive’s Appeal

February 1, 2019 7:17 pm Published by Comments Off on New H-E-B In The Heights To Improve Shepherd Drive’s Appeal

H-E-B opened a multistory location in the Heights this week, and it is expected to significantly increase the appeal of the Shepherd corridor. The new 92K SF store, at 2300 North Shepherd Drive, includes a two-story parking structure, 50 bike-rack ...


Food, Beverage Users Drive Retail Markets

December 29, 2018 11:09 am Published by Comments Off on Food, Beverage Users Drive Retail Markets

From first-to-market concepts to established chains, eateries and bars are propelling retail absorption in each of Texas’ major markets, say retail brokers. Over the past couple years, retail investors and developers have begun paying special attention ...


Sharpstown moves toward change

December 25, 2018 4:54 pm Published by Comments Off on Sharpstown moves toward change

Margaret Mitchell has lived in Sharpstown for nearly her whole life, watching in dismay as stores closed in the neighborhood’s main shopping center and the property slid into disrepair, despite efforts by owners to make the ...


Retail wrap: Mendocino Farms, Popbar, Olive Garden add area locations

November 16, 2018 4:49 pm Published by Comments Off on Retail wrap: Mendocino Farms, Popbar, Olive Garden add area locations

Mendocino Farms, a casual restaurant based in Southern California, will become another dining option in Uptown Park, a project of Edens undergoing a renovation at Post Oak Boulevard and West Loop 610. The 3,205-square-foot restaurant will ...


Grocery Wars Intensify in Texas

May 4, 2017 4:35 pm Published by Comments Off on 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, ...


Online Conundrum

May 1, 2017 3:50 pm Published by Comments Off on 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 ...


Opportunities for construction lending

April 5, 2017 4:27 pm Published by Comments Off on 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 ...


Houston Developers: Not All Adaptive Reuse Projects Created Equal

February 13, 2017 5:07 pm Published by Comments Off on Houston Developers: Not All Adaptive Reuse Projects Created Equal

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 ...


More stores coming to Houston as retailers plan to grow in 2017

January 11, 2017 8:51 am Published by Comments Off on More stores coming to Houston as retailers plan to grow in 2017

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 ...


Popular Snooze Restaurant Plans Two More Locations

January 5, 2017 8:37 pm Published by Comments Off on Popular Snooze Restaurant Plans Two More Locations

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 ...


Fast-Casual Eatery Melts Into Core Trade Areas

November 22, 2016 10:34 pm Published by Comments Off on Fast-Casual Eatery Melts Into Core Trade Areas

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 ...