In The News

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
31
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This Beaumont Shopping Center is Getting a Facelift

The Aspen Dental building in North Park Plaza serves as an “appetizer” for the plaza’s upcoming revamp. The upgrades come several months after anchor tenant Target finished its own revamp. While Target owns its store in
  • Ben Brown
  • development deals
  • Beaumont Enterprise
May
29
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Open-Air Centers Have Changed: Take a Look at What’s Coming out of the Ground Now

Today’s ground-up open-air projects differ from those of earlier eras. The changes — including ramping up outparcel tenants, focusing less on big-box anchors and adding spacious lawns, plazas and patios — offer a glimpse into the
  • Kenneth Katz
  • ICSC
  • Commerce+Communities Today
May
22
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First-to-Market Retailers Make Their Way to Houston

LAS VEGAS — The Houston retail market has been strong for years now and consumers in Houston — like many parts of the country — are very resilient. As a result, Jason Baker, principal with Houston-based
  • Jason Baker
  • Globe St.
  • ICSC
Apr
01
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Checking in on Houston

A roundtable discussion reinforces the notion that the Bayou City remains a fascinating market that embraces economic evolution and discovery without compromising its roots. Historically, the fortunes of many commercial real estate endeavors in Houston have
  • Jason Baker
  • Texas Real Estate Business
  • Houston
Mar
25
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Salad and Go Inks Three New Leases in Metro Houston

HOUSTON — Fast-casual concept Salad and Go has inked three new leases in metro Houston. The drive-thru-only company will open restaurants at a 44,431-square-foot property in Magnolia and a 30,000-square-foot property in Cypress, as well as in
  • Jason Baker
  • Lunden McGill
  • John Frazier
  • Traci Holman
  • Salad And Go
Mar
21
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Salad and Go Signs Four New Leases in Texas

Houston — Fast-casual concept Salad and Go has signed four new leases in Texas. The brand will open restaurants at a 44,431-square-foot property in Magnolia and a 30,000-square-foot property in Cypress. Danny Miller of Gulf Coast Commercial
  • Jason Baker
  • Lunden McGill
  • John Frazier
  • Traci Holman
  • Salad And Go
Mar
20
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Convenience Meets Freshness: Salad and Go Coming to Cypress

Fresh, healthy, and affordable food options are seeing a boost in Cypress, as Salad and Go readies to open its doors in mid-summer 2024. The fast-casual, drive-thru-only retailer, known for its nutritious food at affordable prices,
  • Jason Baker
  • Lunden McGill
  • Salad And Go
Jan
02
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RNR Real Estate Briefs – Texas & more

HOUSTON — Partners Real Estate arranged a 16,764 SF lease with Tecmag on Westchase Drive. Partners’ Jon Silberman and Pierce Beyer represented the tenant. The landlord, Link Logistics, was represented by Boone Smith with Stream Realty
  • Jason Baker
  • EoS Fitness
  • RNR Realty News Report
Dec
12
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Mixed Shopping Cart for Retail: ICSC Show Report

Construction challenges, retailer demand and the prospects for 2024 were the talk of the organization’s annual New York City event. Attendees at ICSC’s annual New York City conference presented a wide range of impressions of the
  • Jason Baker
  • Commercial Property Executive
  • ICSC
Dec
01
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This Week’s Houston Deal Sheet: Vault Partners Fully Pre-Leases 185K SF Industrial Project

A New Jersey-based auto parts distributor pre-leased the 185K SF Vault Distribution Center, a development by Vault Partners, a Houston-based real estate development and strategy firm. The industrial property is at 13612 Furman Road in Houston.
  • Jason Baker
  • EoS Fitness
  • BizNow
Nov
27
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NewQuest Planning 100,000-SF Expansion in 2024 At Townwest Commons in Northeast Austin

NewQuest Properties is ushering in a new wave of development at Townwest Commons in northeast Austin, with plans in the works to add 100,000 sf of entertainment, retail and restaurant space in 2024. Construction will ramp
  • Jason Baker
  • Olive Garden
  • CityBiz
Nov
21
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EōS Fitness Signs 40,000 SF Retail Lease at Fort Bend Town Center in Metro Houston

MISSOURI CITY, Texas — EōS Fitness has signed a 40,000-square-foot lease at Fort Bend Town Center, a 144-acre retail development by NewQuest Properties in Missouri City, about 20 miles southwest of Houston. Jason Baker of Baker
  • Jason Baker
  • REBusiness Online
  • EoS Fitness
  • Missouri City
Nov
20
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Two Tenants Sign Leases Totaling 52,530 Square Feet at Fort Bend Town Center in Metro Houston

Missouri City, Texas — Two new tenants have signed leases at Fort Bend Town Center, a multip-phase, 144-acre retail project currently underway by Newquest Properties in Missouri City, roughly 20 miles outside Houston. EōS Fitness will
  • Shopping Center Business
  • Jason Baker
  • EoS Fitness
  • Missouri City
Nov
20
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NewQuest Properties Announces Two New Tenants, Seven Store Openings at Fort Bend Town Center

EoS Fitness and CoCo Bella Beauty Supply are joining the line-up in NewQuest Properties’ Fort Bend Town Center, where construction has just begun on a new Metro station amid ongoing store openings in the massive life-essential development. EoS has
  • Jason Baker
  • EoS Fitness
  • Missouri City
Nov
04
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RNR – Real Estate Briefs from Realty News Report

HOUSTON — Partners Real Estate arranged the sale of an 8,035 – SF retail property located at 306 Main Street in downtown Houston. The property will be redeveloped into a new bar concept. Partners’ Ryan DeGennaro
  • Lunden McGill
  • T-Mobile
Oct
27
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This Week’s Houston Deal Sheet

Audubon Engineering Co., an engineering, procurement and construction services firm, signed a 72K SF lease at 3505 West Sam Houston Parkway N in Houston for its primary corporate office. Built in 2013, 3505 West Sam Houston
  • Jason Baker
  • BisNow
Oct
19
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Brookwood store gets jump on the holidays with seasonal gift shop in The Woodlands plus more real estate transactions

Weaver, a national accounting firm based in Houston leased, 11,000 square feet in One Hughes Landing Blvd. in The Woodlands. Scott Morse and Katherine Jessen of Dallas-based Citadel Partners represented the tenant. Jillian Fredericks and Norm
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Lunden McGill
  • T-Mobile
Oct
06
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T-Mobile to open new store in Magnolia

T-Mobile has leased 2,000 square feet of space to open a new store in Magnolia at FM 1488 and Spur 149, according to an Oct. 2 news release from commercial real estate firm Baker Katz. The
  • Clients
  • T-Mobile
  • Magnolia
Oct
04
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Baker Katz Negotiates Three Retail Leases in Houston Area for T-Mobile

HOUSTON — Locally based brokerage and advisory firm Baker Katz has negotiated three retail leases in the Houston area for T-Mobile. The first deal is for 2,334 square feet in the northeastern suburb of Liberty; the second
  • Lunden McGill
  • REBusiness Online
  • T-Mobile
Sep
29
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Leading in Tough Times: Jason Baker, Co-Founder of Baker Katz and Executive Director at X Team Retail Advisors

Throughout the month of August and through the first week of September, Connect CRE is running a series title “Leading in Tough Times.” We’ve asked leaders around the U.S. and across the commercial real estate spectrum
  • Jason Baker
  • X Team International
  • Connect CRE
  • Leading
Sep
09
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5 Experts Weigh In on Consumer Spending, Retail Development, and Recession Through the End of the Year

Americans increased their purchases in July, a sign that solid consumer spending is still powering a resilient U.S. economy. Retail sales rose a better-than-expected 0.7% from June to July, according to the most recent report from
  • Jason Baker
  • X Team International
  • ICSC
  • Inflation
  • Recession
  • Markets
Sep
05
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Comings and Goings

Cushman & Wakefield recruited former Lee & Associates – Houston brokers to its office agency leasing team at downtown’s Texas Tower. Robert LaCoure joins as senior director, Jill Nesloney as director and Bryce Adams as an
  • Kennedi Vaughan
Aug
30
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5Qs for broker Kenneth Katz on Houston, the nation’s retail build leader

With residential construction on the rise, as well, Katz figures the Clutch City to be a retail destination for years to come. Houston is hot! Well, temperature-wise, of course. But it’s been America’s most torrid retail
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
  • market trends
  • Houston
  • Chain Store Age
Aug
19
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Texas People and Company News August 18, 2023

Sparkle Asset Management has sold Coral Cay Apartments, a 109-unit multifamily property, to SPV Property Management. Built in 1970, the property at 1234 Nile Dr. has an average unit size of 955 sf and was 97
  • Tenant Representation
  • Kennedi Vaughan
Aug
18
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This Week’s Houston Deal Sheet

Pelican Builders is progressing on its construction of The Hawthrone, a 17-story, 67-unit condominium building at 5656 San Felipe St., and has opened a model residence. Designed by Houston-based interior designer Chandos Dodson Epley, the model
  • BisNow
  • Kennedi Vaughan
Aug
10
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Delivering Change

The rapid and continuing evolution of F&B delivery is shaking up the industry By Jason Baker, Principal at Baker Katz It is hardly a new or novel observation to say that COVID was massively disruptive to
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston
  • Food & Beverage
  • Retailist
Jul
26
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Which retail and restaurant brands will be hot for 2024? — part 2

Every month, we reach out to retail industry leaders in order to gain their perspective on the market. This month, we asked: Which retailers/restaurant brands do you predict will be “hot” as we head toward 2024,
  • Jason Baker
  • The Crittenden Report
Jun
16
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What retailers or restaurants will be prioritized by consumers in a future economic downturn?

Every month, we reach out to retail industry leaders in order to gain their perspective on the market. This month, we asked: Which types of retailers/restaurants do you think will be prioritized by consumers in the
  • Jason Baker
  • The Crittenden Report
Jun
09
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Pet Supplies Plus bringing new location to Cypress

A new location of Pet Supplies Plus is coming soon to the southeast corner of Fry Road and Tuckerton Road in Cypress. The franchise is expected to open in the second quarter of 2024, according to
  • Pet Supplies Plus
  • Community Impact Newspaper
  • Cypress
Jun
08
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Business briefs for June 8

H-E-B Wellness Primary Care Clinic to open in Katy Texas’ largest food retailer is offering comprehensive wellness and nutrition services to its Houston-area H-E-B customers and their families in Katy and Cypress. The Katy location will
  • Lunden McGill
  • Pet Supplies Plus
  • Katy
  • Katy Times
Jun
08
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Baker Katz Arranges Three Retail Leases for Pet Supplies Plus in Metro Houston

HOUSTON — Baker Katz has arranged three retail leases totaling 19,050 square feet for Pet Supplies Plus in metro Houston. The pet care brand will occupy 6,000 square feet in the northern suburb of Conroe beginning
  • RE Business Online
  • Pet Supplies Plus
Jun
08
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Real estate roundup: Pet Supplies Plus, Beauty Empire, Jersey Mike’s Subs expand in Houston market

Beauty Empire, a beauty supply chain with more than 25 stores in the Houston area, leased 14,471 square feet at Barker Cypress Marketplace, at 17977 FM 529. Jason Gaines of Sturbridge Commercial Real Estate represented the
  • Pet Supplies Plus
Jun
06
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Baker Katz Arranges Three Pet Supplies Plus Leases Totaling 19,050 Square Feet in Metro Houston

Conroe, Cypress and Katy, Texas — Baker Katz has arranged three Pet Supplies Plus leases totaling 19,050 square feet in metro Houston. The pet care brand will occupy 6,000 square feet in Conroe, Texas, beginning in
  • Shopping Center Business
  • Pet Supplies Plus
Jun
02
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Baker Katz Acquires 22,241 SF Retail Building in Pasadena, Texas

PASADENA, TEXAS — Locally based brokerage and investment firm Baker Katz has acquired a 22,241-square-foot, retail building that sits on a 2.9-acre site at 5445 Fairmont Parkway in Pasadena, an eastern suburb of Houston. The freestanding
  • Ben Brown
  • Pasadena
Jun
01
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Real estate roundup: Baylor College of Medicine starts new education building near Texas Medical Center

Baylor College of Medicine unveiled plans for the Lillie and Roy Cullen Tower, a 503,000-square-foot education building near Cambridge and Old Spanish Trail. Designed by the S/L/A/M Collaborative architecture firm, the 11-story tower marks the first
  • Ben Brown
  • property acquisitions
  • Pasadena
May
13
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Bankruptcies and Retailer Expansion Expected to Take Center Stage at ICSC Event

Houston-based Baker Katz Principal Jason Baker discusses opportunities arising from 1,400 new spaces and shares his expectations for the ICSC event as his focus is to support national and regional brands seeking to expand into South
  • Jason Baker
  • Globe St.
May
11
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What Texas Retailers Should Consider When Contemplating Conversions, Expansions

By Jason Baker, principal at Baker Katz When a national retail or restaurant brand acquires another prominent national name, the move might initially seem to make a great deal of sense — especially when there are
  • Jason Baker
  • RE Business Online
Apr
22
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Salad And Go Teams with Baker Katz to Grow in Houston

Salad And Go partnered with Houston-based Baker Katz, a full-service commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in retail tenant representation, investment sales, project development and leasing, to expand its growth in the greater Houston market with
  • Jason Baker
  • Lunden McGill
  • John Frazier
  • Traci Holman
  • Salad And Go
  • QSR Magazine
Apr
19
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Salad And Go Expanding Houston Footprint

Salad And Go is partnering with Houston-based Baker Katz, a commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in retail tenant representation, investment sales, project development and leasing, to add 15 locations to the Houston market. “The latest
  • Jason Baker
  • Salad And Go
  • FastCasual.com
Apr
03
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Why retailers are embracing fixed CAM costs

It’s been an eventful few years for the retail industry, to put it lightly. While our industry is changing in visible ways in response to post-pandemic pressures and opportunities, there are some lesser reported, but increasingly
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Chain Store Age
  • Fixed CAM
Mar
09
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The Fixed is In

The growing appeal and prevalence of fixed CAM. At a time when so much of the retail industry is changing in very visible and sometimes dramatic ways in response to post-pandemic pressures and opportunities, one of
  • Kenneth Katz
Mar
06
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Annual CCIM Forecast Competition Brings Baker Katz’s Jason Baker, Other Local Leaders Together

Jason Baker, Principal at Baker Katz, participated in the CCIM Annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast Competition as a panelist weighing in on the discussion around retail real estate. He noted how the commercial real estate industry
  • Jason Baker
  • CCIM
Mar
04
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Piada fast-casual Italian cuisine coming soon to Fulshear

A new Piada is coming to Fulshear this summer. On Feb. 23, Houston-based commercial real estate firm Baker Katz announced the lease of a 2,387-square-foot space at the Market at Cross Creek Ranch for the fast-casual
  • Houston Chronicle
  • John Frazier
  • Community Impact Newspaper
  • Fulshear
Feb
17
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Retail Subleases, Benefits, and What to Watch Out For

Few retail landlords like the idea of vacant space in their centers. But sometimes a tenant defaults or vacates early, leaving behind dark space. One way to avoid this is when the tenant turns into a
  • Ben Brown
  • Subleasing
  • Connect CRE
Feb
16
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Real estate firm purchases 20,000-square-foot space in Baybrook area

Baker Katz, a Houston-based commercial real estate firm, purchase a space for future redevelopment in the Baybrook area off I-45 South. According to a release, the firm plans to create a storefront on the property with
  • Ben Brown
  • Community Impact Newspaper
  • Baybrook
Feb
10

Baker Katz Acquires 20,000 SF Retail Building in Metro Houston, Plans Repositioning

FRIENDSWOOD, TEXAS — Locally based brokerage and investment firm Baker Katz has acquired a 20,000-square-foot freestanding retail building in Friendswood, a southeastern suburb of Houston, with plans to reposition the asset. According to LoopNet Inc., the
  • Ben Brown
  • property acquisitions
  • REBusiness Online
Feb
10
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Baker Katz Acquires 20,000 SF Retail Building in Metro Houston, Plans Repositioning

FRIENDSWOOD, TEXAS — Locally based brokerage and investment firm Baker Katz has acquired a 20,000- square-foot freestanding retail building in Friendswood, a southeastern suburb of Houston, with plans to reposition the asset. According to LoopNet Inc.,
  • Ben Brown
  • RE Business Online
  • Friendswood
Feb
09
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Developers grow industrial portfolios from Brookshire to southeast Houston

Woodside, a Fort Worth-based real estate fund manager, bought 12012 Wickchester, a 110,000-square-foot office building on 3.7 acres in the Energy Corridor. Marty Hogan and Kevin McConn of JLL Capital Markets represented the seller, CapRidge Partners.
  • Ben Brown
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Baybrook
Jan
27
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Insight: Small businesses wanting to relocate in Houston are having a tough time. Here’s why.

For small businesses trying to relocate or expand in the Houston area, it’s a tough time to be looking. Houston’s retail occupancy rates hit a six-year high in 2022 — 94.7 percent, according to commercial real
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
Jan
27
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Willis ripe to expand retail

Restaurants, businesses and entertainment businesses could come to Willis as Houston-based Baker Katz has purchased 1.89 acres at FM 1097 at Canyon Falls Boulevard. The land sits near two residential developments: The Woodlands Hills and Moran
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Willis
Jan
27
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Pandemic proves far from fatal for brick-and-mortar business

The pandemic was supposed to kill brick-and-mortar retail, which had struggled for years against online competitors. As stores shuttered and malls emptied, online shopping only became more entrenched, and customers only more accustomed to clicking, buying
  • Jason Baker
  • The Courier of Montgomery County
Jan
26

Willis expects financial boon from shopping center

Willis anticipates a boost of nearly $500,000 in monthly tax revenue spurred by a new grocery store opening in a shopping center that city officials have called “the largest development project.” The 200,000 square foot shopping
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Willis
Jan
26

Willis expects financial boon from shopping center

Willis anticipates a boost of nearly $500,000 in monthly tax revenue spurred by a new grocery store opening in a shopping center that city officials have called “the largest development project.” The 200,000 square foot shopping
  • Jason Baker
  • Willis
  • The Courier of Montgomery County
Jan
26
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Willis ripe to expand retail

Restaurants, businesses and entertainment businesses could come to Willis as Houston-based Baker Katz has purchased 1.89 acres at FM 1097 at Canyon Falls Boulevard. The land sits near two residential developments: The Woodlands Hills and Moran
  • Jason Baker
  • Willis
  • The Courier of Montgomery County
Jan
22
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Someburger, Mod Pizza, Rakkan Ramen ink new leases

Someburger, a hamburger restaurant with locations in Baytown and the Heights, is expanding to Mont Belvieu. Somerealty purchased a 0.75-acre site on the northeast corner of Langston Drive and Edgeton Avenue in Mont Belvieu for the
  • Ben Brown
  • Jason Baker
  • John Frazier
  • American Family Care
  • EōS Fitness
  • The Houstonian News
Jan
17
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Inflation Deflation

Inflationary pressures are altering the retail development landscape It is not exactly breaking news to point out that inflation was one of the biggest economic storylines of 2022. At one point over the summer, the 12-month
  • Kenneth Katz
  • market trends
Jan
04
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Greatest Accomplishments of the Past Year

With a new year on the horizon, Commerce + Communities Today contributing editor Joel Groover asked eight decision makers from across the Marketplaces Industry to share their proudest moments from 2022, a year characterized by strong
  • Jason Baker
  • Brenham
  • Pecan Park Plaza
  • XTeam Retail
Nov
29
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Fitness Centers Boost Consumer Visits and Spending at Marketplaces

Data shows malls and shopping centers see increased cross-shopping, more visits during nontraditional hours and greater spend per visit at locations where consumers routinely come to stay in shape. A retailer located in a shopping center
Nov
28
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Is Brick and mortar retail dead? Far from it, investors and retailers say

The pandemic was supposed to kill brick-and-mortar retail, which had struggled for years against online competitors. As stores shuttered and malls emptied, online shopping only became more entrenched, and customers only more accustomed to clicking, buying
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
  • retail
  • Houston
  • Houston Trends
Oct
21
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Real estate transactions: Retail land sells in Willis, Friendswood

by Katherine Feser Primo Fitness, a supplier of new and used high-end fitness equipment, has purchased a 71,438-square-foot office/warehouse on 4.6 acres at 701 Sycamore Road in Fresno. The company will relocate its operations from Santa
  • Ben Brown
  • Jason Baker
  • Willis
Sep
26
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4 Things Retailers Can Do to Prepare for Holiday Shoppers

With a competitive shopping season just a couple of months away, brokers and e-commerce executives share their tips for small businesses looking to stand out. Even though we’re only at the tail end of summer, retailers
  • Jason Baker
  • Retail Trends
  • Nerdwallet
Sep
09
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5Qs for Jason Baker about retail expansion in Houston

Houston is big and getting bigger, says one of the top retail real estate brokers in the market. Retailers looking to expand in the Lone Star State think Dallas first. The rampant corporate and residential expansion
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston
  • Chain Store Age
  • Food & Beverage
Jul
29
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Baker Katz acquires, will improve business plaza in League City

by Jake Magee – Community Impact Commercial developer Baker Katz in late June announced the company had acquired a shopping center adjacent to the planned Riverview development at I-45 and Wesley Drive in League City. The
  • property acquisitions
  • League City
Jul
05
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Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar expanding to in Houston area

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, a chain patterned after a Rocky Mountain lodge serving comfort food, handcrafted cocktails and craft beers, is expanding in the Houston area. After opening in Cypress in 2019, the restaurant announce
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Lazy Dog
Jul
05
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Restaurant Roundup: New cantina opens on Washington; Phat Eatery coming to The Woodlands

It’s been a busy week for Restaurant Roundup, with new concepts entering Houston as well as local favorites and recent newcomers expanding. Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar expanding in Houston area California-based Lazy Dog Restaurant &
  • Jason Baker
  • HBJ
  • Phat Eatery
Jun
27
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Baker Katz buys League City retail center near future destination developments

By Florian Martin – ReporterHouston Business Journal Houston-based commercial real estate firm Baker Katz has acquired a shopping center adjacent to League City’s planned 70-acre Riverview mixed-use development. The firm purchased the 108,000-square-foot Pecan Park Plaza
  • Houston Business Journal
  • Jason Baker
  • League City
Apr
13
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Retail Done Right: Meeting the Demands of Pandemic-Induced Population Migration

The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the commercial real estate landscape, and retail has been no exception. Over the past two years, Americans have flocked to rural and suburban communities on the outskirts of major cities, seeking
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Brenham
  • REBusiness Online
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Burke's
  • Marshalls
  • Petsmart
Mar
23
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Pluckers spreading wings for even more expansion

3 restaurants set to open in ’23 in San Antonio, Houston, Austin As it approaches three decades in business, Pluckers Wing Bar is preparing to boost its store count to 31 locations — and executives are looking
  • Jason Baker
  • Pluckers
  • Austin Business Journal
Mar
04
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Building Permits Lead Last Year in Brenham

Brenham Building Permits for the month of February are ahead of last year both in the number of permits issued and the dollar total of them. A total of 47 permits were issued by the city
  • Mod Pizza
  • Brenham
  • KWHI
Feb
18
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Northern Tool to Open 31,000 SF Store at Woodforest Shopping Center in Houston

HOUSTON — Northern Tool + Equipment has signed a lease to open a 31,000-square-foot store at Woodforest Shopping Center in East Houston. Shawn Ackerman and Jason Du of Henry S. Miller Brokerage represented the undisclosed landlord in
  • Jason Baker
  • REBusiness Online
  • Northern Tool + Equipment
Feb
15
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New shopping center preparing for openings

Some of the stores in the Brenham Crossing shopping center in Brenham are preparing to welcome customers while one has already opened its doors. “Everything has gone really well and we have gotten very fortunate with
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Brenham
  • Brenham Crossing
  • The Banner Press
Feb
02
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As COVID-19 pandemic approaches 2-year mark, experts weigh in on future of restaurants

The Covid-19 pandemic has continued to be a challenge for the restaurant industry. Omicron, the most recent strain of the virus, has been the latest threat to restaurants due to high transmissibility resulting in an explosion
  • Houston Business Journal
  • Jason Baker
  • Restaurants
Feb
02
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Burkes Outlet Set to Open

Some of the first stores in the Baker Katz shopping center in Brenham will soon be opening. The Burkes Outlet website lists a grand opening for its new location in Brenham, at 918 Highway 290 East, on February
  • Brenham
  • KWHI
Jan
16
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Houston: Brick & Mortar is Back! Jason Baker Shares Why Retail is Red Hot

Left for dead in the early days of the pandemic retail has bounced back in a big way, particularly in Houston, due to specifics about the city and its growth. In our 100th episode, HBJ Managing
  • Jason Baker
  • Retail Trends
  • Texas Business Minds Podcast
Dec
10
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Welcome to ICSC: Attendees Tell Us They Are Thrilled to “Make in Person Deals Happen”

In advance of today’s big ICSC Here We Go 2021 conference, GlobeSt.com caught up with a few attendees on what they look forward to at this year’s live event. LAS VEGAS — “I’m Thrilled to have
  • Jason Baker
  • Globe St.
  • ICSC
  • Retail Trends
Nov
14
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Retail wrap: Bluestone Lane, Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café, Pet Supplies Plus plan new locations

Bluestone Lane, an Australian-inspired coffee roaster and neighborhood café base din New York, leased a 4,400-square-foot building at 115 W. 19th St. in the Heights neighborhood for its first Texas location. The building, now owned by
  • Lunden McGill
  • Pet Supplies Plus
Nov
04
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Baker Katz completes leases for six Pet Supplies Plus locations in Houston area

Houston-based Baker Katz, an X Team International partner and full-service commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in retail tenant representation, investment sales, project deveopment and leasing, announced that they have completed recent deals for six storefront
  • Lunden McGill
  • Pet Supplies Plus
Oct
15
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Houston mall reverses fortune with focus on Hispanic community and local shops and services

By Steve McLinden, Contributor | Commerce + Communities TodayOctober 15, 2021 The first fully air conditioned mall in Houston has a new kind of cool. The 60-year-old PlazAmericas, one of the city’s first fortress malls is
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
  • PlazAmericas
  • Commerce+Communities Today
Oct
14
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Brenham Shopping Center Project Continues on Schedule

By Josh Blaschke Construction at the site of the Baker Katz shopping center in Brenham is proceeding on schedule. Baker Katz co-founder Kenneth Katz said work is progressing nicely at the development, located on 35 acres
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Brenham
  • KWHI
Jul
29
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Retail wrap: Phenix Salon Suites, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, Jiffy Lube ink new locations

Phenix Salon Suites leased 7,500 square feet in Gateway Memorial City, at 947 Gessner, from MetroNational. It will be the second location for franchisees Greg and Susan Gordillo after opening in Katy in 2019. The business
  • Ben Brown
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
Jul
04
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Baker Katz Arranges Sale of 60,935 SF Former Star Furniture Retail Building in Houston

Houston — Locally based brokerage firm Baker Katz has arranged the sale of a 60,935-square-foot retail building in Houston that was formerly occupied by Star Furniture. The building sits on 2.4 acres at 7111 FM 1960 on
  • Ben Brown
  • Jason Baker
  • REBusiness Online
Jul
04
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Bel Furniture buys former Star Furniture property in Willowbrook area

Bel Furniture has purchased the former location of Star Furniture. Officials with Baker Katz, a Houston-based commercial real estate brokerage firm, announced July 26 that Bel Furniture purchased the former Star Furniture located at 7111 FM
  • Ben Brown
  • Jason Baker
  • Community Impact Newspaper
Jun
11
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As business surges, new retailers struggle to find places to build, real estate exec says

With an economy that is beginning to recover as more people become vaccinated, retail is recovering, too, in nearly all sectors. Jason Baker, principal at Houston-based commercial real estate firm Baker Katz, said he’s seeing retail
  • Houston Business Journal
  • Jason Baker
Jun
02
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Food & Beverage Industry Returns to Growth Mode in Houston

At a time when commercial real estate professionals see promising COVID-19 metrics and a better-than-expected vaccine rollout as signs that the end of the pandemic is near, it’s natural to examine where some of the most
  • Jason Baker
  • Restaurants
  • REBusiness Online
May
20
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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
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
  • Foodarama
May
15
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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.
  • Kenneth Katz
  • PlazAmericas
  • COVID-19
May
05
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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
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Heights
  • Foodarama
  • The Leader News
Apr
29
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Retail Wrap: P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Chipotle, Original Chop Shop, Postino ink new locations

Houston-based Baker Katz announced expansions for several restaurants. Chipotle, represented by Traci Holman of Baker Katz, signed leases at 4045 Little York Road in Houston, 2555 East League City Parkway in League City and at Interstate
  • Ben Brown
  • John Frazier
  • Chipotle
  • Postino
  • Traci Holman
  • Original Chop Shop
  • Charleys Philly Steaks
Apr
09
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New breed of retailer helps malls experience a revival

Seventy-foot spaceships and intergalactic tunnels now occupy a 40,000-square-foot space in Village at the West Oaks that once housed shelves brimming with bedding and home goods. Gone is traditional big-box retailer Bed Bath and Beyond, and
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Houston Malls
Apr
06
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Report projects 80,000 store closings in coming years

While the pandemic has made it impossible for some retailers to stay in business, a new report suggests tens of thousands of retailers could disappear in the coming years. The problem, according to investment bank UBS,
  • Jason Baker
  • retail
  • FOX26 Houston
  • Retail Trends
Mar
23
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Houston traffic is back, and that’s a good sign for the economy

(Cover Photo: Carl Carlock, left, goes through the order line at Cleburne Cafeteria on Thursday, March 18, 2021 in Houston. The Restaurant has seen an increase in business by about 20 percent over the last month.)
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Restaurants
  • Post-Pandemic Market
Mar
23
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Oil bust, and pandemic, leave Houston with nation’s highest office vacancy rate

HOUSTON – As oil prices inch back up from a terrible year, and Covid vaccines offer hope that the pandemic will be beaten, Houston’s commercial real estate business is far from recovered. The city has more
  • Jason Baker
  • Office Space
Mar
11
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Retail wrap: Charming Charlie is making a comeback

Charming Charlie, a women’s apparel and fashion accessories chain retailer, announced plans to open 14 locations in March and April in Texas, California, New York and the Midwest. The openings include stores to open March 12
  • Neal Wade
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Brenham
Mar
11
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Baker Katz Breaks Ground on 163,518 SF Retail Project in Brenham, Texas

BRENHAM, TEXAS — Houston-based development and leasing firm Baker Katz has broken ground on Brenham Crossing, a 163,518-square-foot retail project in Brenham, located about 75 miles northwest of Houston. Baker Katz is developing the property, which
  • Neal Wade
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Brenham
  • Brenham Crossing
Mar
09
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Baker Katz Breaks Ground on 50-Acre Retail Development in Brenham, Texas

Brenham, Texas — Baker Katz has broken ground on Brenham Crossing, a 50-acre retail development located at the southwest corners of Highway 290 and Chappell Hill Road in Brenham. Five retailers are sset to open within
  • Shopping Center Business
  • Neal Wade
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Brenham
  • Brenham Crossing
Mar
09
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Upcoming Brenham Crossing retail development officially breaks ground

Baker Katz, a full-service commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in retail tenant representation, investment sales, project development and leasing, partnered with the City of Brenham to host a groundbreaking ceremony today to celebrate the construction
  • Neal Wade
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Brenham
  • Brenham Crossing
Mar
08
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Groundbreaking Held For Shopping Center Project, First Wave of Retailers Announced

A milestone years in the making was accomplished today (Monday) for the Baker Katz shopping center project in Brenham. Representatives from the City of Brenham and Washington County met this morning with Baker Katz and Arch-Con
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
  • Brenham
Aug
20
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As the once-dominant Sears fades from Houston’s memory, new retailers rise in its place

The Midtown Sears is being converted to a tech hub. Crews are tearing down the Memorial City Sears in West Houston. Now, the freestanding Sears on North Shepherd, the last active Sears department store in the
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Houston
  • Sears
Aug
18
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9AM Drive-thru school supply distribution

Due to COVID-19, the need for school supplies this year is even greater. The Alliance is partnering with PlazAmericas to host its 13th Annual Back to School Drive this morning at 9a.m. The drive is aimed
  • PlazAmericas
  • COVID-19
  • CW39
Aug
16
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Helping schoolkids – from a distance

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
  • Houston Chronicle
  • PlazAmericas
  • COVID-19