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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
Aug
16
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The Alliance Back to School Drive 2020 – Recap

The Alliance partnered with PlazAmericas to host the 13th Annual Back to School Drive on August 18, 2020. We distributed school supply bags to 3,000 students in the Southwest Houston area and gave out over 500
  • PlazAmericas
  • COVID-19
  • The Alliance
Aug
16
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VIETV The Alliance Back to School Drive Thru

VIETV Coverage of The Alliance & PlazAmericas Back to School Drive-Thru event on August 18. Watch the Coverage Here
  • PlazAmericas
  • COVID-19
Aug
13
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The pandemic is forcing stores to close, and limiting choices for consumers

HOUSTON – Travelers around Houston will notice a growing number of buildings and storefronts that are empty, and the pandemic slowdown is likely to change where and how we spend our money. By comparison: in March,
  • Jason Baker
  • COVID-19
  • FOX26 Houston
Jun
02
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Amid COVID-19, Texas Retail Owners Have Tenants’ Backs

As COVID-19 disrupts the American economy, healthcare system and way of life, retailers and restaurants — the commercial real estate users whose very profitability and essence thrive on social congregation — have already been pegged as
  • Jason Baker
  • Texas Real Estate Business
  • COVID-19
May
04
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Major Houston-area malls will reopen today

PlazAmericas, Houston Premium Outlets, Katy Mills and Galleria are ready for patrons Nine Houston-area malls are planning to reopen in early May after being closed for more than a month to slow the spread of the
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Kenneth Katz
  • PlazAmericas
  • Houston Malls
  • PressReader
Apr
21
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Communication technologies put to work during COVID-19

Even after shelter-in-place mandates, Dallas-based Weitzman closed several retail leases using digital aids, spokesman Ian Pierce said. For example, Weitzman and a national insurance tenant signed a lease in March using digital signing tools, including digital
  • Jason Baker
  • Shopping Centers Today
  • Telecommunications
  • Malls
  • COVID-19
  • Virtual Meetings
Mar
27
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COVID-19: Collaboration and communications among retail real estate stakeholders

“No one had a pandemic plan in place, but they are quickly developing them in terms of deep-cleaning methods and controlling crowds at essential-services retailers, which are actually thriving,” said Jeff Pandolfo, a leasing director for
  • Jason Baker
  • Shopping Centers Today
  • ICSC
Feb
14
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Sears reportedly to close two more Houston-area stores

The Sears at Deerbrook and Willowbrook malls are reportedly closing, opening up a rare opportunity for the malls to redevelop a large portion of its retail space. The closures would join Sears locations that have shuttered
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
Feb
04
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Baker Katz sells retail development near Baybrook Mall

By Katherine Feser | houstoncrhonicle.com Dallas-based Crow Holdings purchased a retail development housing several popular restaurant chains in southeast Houston near Baybrook Mall from Baker Katz. The development totals 15,600 square feet in two buildings. Houston-based Baker Katz, which broke ground
  • development deals
  • Neal Wade
  • Baybrook
Jan
03
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Behind the deal: Houston’s growth brought this furniture retailer to town

For Nolan Morrison, regional manager with American Furniture Warehouse, expanding the company from its locations in Colorado and Arizona to Houston was a numbers game. Houston offered a lot of advantages to the Englewood, Colorado-based company,
  • Ben Brown
  • Houston Business Journal
  • Katy
  • American Furniture Warehouse
  • Conroe
  • HBJ
  • Webster
Jan
03
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American Furniture Warehouse buys land for Conroe store

American Furniture Warehouse completed the purchase of a 30-acre tract at Interstate 45 and River Plantation Drive in Conroe for its third Houston-area location. The site will house a 443,375-square-foot store, including 150,000 square feet of
  • Ben Brown
  • Houston Business Journal
  • Katy
  • American Furniture Warehouse
  • Conroe
  • HBJ
  • Webster
  • AFW
Jan
02
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Furniture retailer buys third massive tract for another Houston-area store

American Furniture Warehouse, an Englewood, Colorado-based furniture retailer, has acquired a 30-acre tract in Conroe for its third Houston-area store, according to a press release. The store, just south of the Grand Central Park master-planned community,
  • Ben Brown
  • Houston Business Journal
  • Katy
  • American Furniture Warehouse
  • Conroe
  • HBJ
  • Webster
Oct
08
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5Qs for Jason Baker about Houston

Born and raised in Texas, a graduate of Texas A&M, and having spent 15 years serving retailers in the Houston market as a principal of the Baker Katz real estate brokerage, Jason Baker knows the Lone
  • Jason Baker
  • Chain Store Age
Sep
26
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Shopping Center Developers say talks with Retailers going well

Developers of a new shopping center here say they are receiving positive responses from major retailers about opening stores there. Kenneth Katz of Houston-based developer Baker Katz said the company is “actively negotiating with a number
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
  • Banner-Press
  • Brenham
Sep
17
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Academy Sports unveils new store prototype amid growing competition

Academy Sports + Outdoors on Monday opened a store in Richmond with a revamped floor layout and design, part of the Katy athletic retailer’s initiative to improve customers’ shopping experience amid increasing brick-and-mortar and online competition.
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
Sep
06
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Retail wrap: Bellaire Town Center draws restaurants, fitness, beauty tenants

Bellaire Town Center, a redevelopment project of SDI Realty Advisors under construction at Bellaire Boulevard and South Rice Avenue, has signed Salata and JuiceLand as its latest tenants. Salata, represented by Wade Greene of Transwestern, signed a 2,804-square-foot lease. JuiceLand,
  • Ben Brown
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Natural Pawz
Aug
30
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Restaurant roundup: California sandwich shop, latest Goodnight Hospitality restaurant, swim club and bar open

After months of waiting, numerous restaurants made their debut this week, and some local barbecue joints received national accolades in this week’s restaurant roundup.  Latest Goodnight Hospitality restaurant opens Rosie Cannonball opened Aug. 29. The restaurant,
  • Jason Baker
  • Lunden McGill
  • Pluckers
May
10
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A Closer Look at What Retail’s Future Might Have in Store

GlobeSt.com catches up with Baker Katz executives on the popularity of utilizing geofencing to assist retailers with site selection and for shopping center awareness among other things in preparation for the upcoming ICSC RECon conference later
  • Jason Baker
  • Globe St.
  • Kenneth Katz
Apr
22
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Experts Talk RECon; New Emerging Concepts and Power Centers

The 2018 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. “At neighborhood strip malls and power centers, big box
  • Globe St.
  • Kenneth Katz
Apr
12
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HBJ’s 2019 Landmark Awards: Land Deal winner and finalists

Winner: H-E-B’s Land Purchase at Kirby Boulevard and West Alabama Street Developer: Midway/H-E-B Seller: Tommy Dickey / Tom Lipincott Attorney: Greg Erwin Broker: Tim Dosch and David Marshall (represented seller); Baker Katz (represented H-E-B) San Antonio-based
  • Houston Business Journal
  • Jason Baker
  • HEB
  • Awards
Feb
02
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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,
  • Jason Baker
  • Shopping Centers Today
  • Houston
Feb
01
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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
  • Jason Baker
  • HEB
  • Heights
Dec
29
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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
  • Jason Baker
  • Texas Real Estate Business
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Restaurants
Dec
25
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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
  • Jason Baker
  • Neal Wade
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
  • Sharpstown
Dec
21
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Baker Katz Purchases 850,000 SF Shopping Mall in Houston

HOUSTON — Houston-based retail firm Baker Katz has purchased PlazAmericas Mall, an 850,000-square-foot shopping destination in Houston. Formerly known as Sharpstown Mall, the property was built in 1961 and has undergone several renovations over the years.
  • Jason Baker
  • Neal Wade
  • RE Business Online
  • Kenneth Katz
  • PlazAmericas
  • Sharpstown
  • Development deasl
Dec
21
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10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (Dec 21, 2018)

Analysts worry the high amount of investment in self-storage properties may have outpaced demand for self-storage space, reports the Wall Street Journal. Forbes offers a 2019 real estate investment preview. These are among today’s must reads
  • development deals
  • Jason Baker
  • Neal Wade
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Mall
  • PlazAmericas
  • Sharpstown
Dec
21
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PlazAmericas Mall has a new owner, for the most part

Nancy Sarnoff reports in the Chronicle that the former Sharpstown Center, more recently known as PlazAmericas has been soldto Houston commercial real estate firm Baker Katz. Well, most of it has: The purchase, she writes “does not include any of
  • development deals
  • Jason Baker
  • Neal Wade
  • Kenneth Katz
  • PlazAmericas
  • Sharpstown
  • Houston landscape
  • swamplot
Dec
21
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Houston real estate developers acquire former Sharpstown mall

PlazAmericas, the former Sharpstown shopping center that has struggled to find its footing as regional malls have fallen out of shoppers’ favor, has a new owner that wants to turn around the property while maintaining the
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
  • Mall
  • PlazAmericas
  • Sharpstown
Dec
21
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Houston real estate firm buys former Sharpstown Mall

Houston’s oldest enclosed mall has a new owner. Houston-based commercial real estate firm Baker Katz bought PlazAmericas Mall, formerly known as Sharpstown Mall and Sharpstown Center, from Philadelphia-based RAIT Financial Trust (OTCQB: RASF), according to a
  • Houston Business Journal
  • Jason Baker
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Development
  • Mall
  • PlazAmericas
  • Sharpstown
Nov
16
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Nimble reboot

Lidl is tweaking its U.S. expansion strategy – By Beth Mattson-Teig   It has been nearly 18 months since German grocery giant Lidl opened its first U.S. stores and boldly announced plans to have about 100
  • Jason Baker
  • Shopping Centers Today
  • Grocery
  • Lidl
Nov
16
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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
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Lunden McGill
Nov
15
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Rtic, expanding beyond coolers, opens flagship store in Cypress

Rtic Outdoors has designed a flagship store that’s just begging to be Instagramed. Customers are greeted by a 24-foot “R” inlaid with a polar bear, the company’s logo. A Ford F-150 truck, displaying coolers, is parked
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
  • market trends
  • Cypress
  • rtic
Nov
13
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This Week’s Houston Deal Sheet

HighTower Texas signed a 16K SF lease for its headquarters to 4400 Post Oak Parkway in Houston. The wealth management firm committed to an eight-year lease to occupy the 26th floor and plans on expanding services in Houston. HighTower Texas
  • BisNow
  • I10
  • sales
Oct
30
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Randalls continues retreat from competitive grocery market

The Houston grocery chain Randalls will shutter three more local stores by year’s end as the company continues to struggle in the region’s hyper-competitive market. Randalls, a unit of the national supermarket company Albertsons, said Tuesday
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
  • market trends
  • retail
  • Randalls
Oct
30
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This Week’s Houston Deal Sheet

Amsterdam-based coworking company Spaces inked a 53K SF lease for the first three floors of Two Post Oak Central. This marks the second Spaces’ location in Houston, a market that is starting to pick up the pace
  • property acquisitions
  • BisNow
Oct
16
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This Week’s Houston Deal Sheet

Coming on the wave of an energy resurgence, one natural gas producer is expanding its footprint in Houston. BP Lower 48 inked a 91K SF lease at West Memorial Place at 15375 Memorial Drive in Houston. The company, wholly
  • Neal Wade
  • BisNow
  • renovations
  • Sale
Oct
15
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American retail icon Sears files bankruptcy

Sears, an icon of American retail for more than a century, filed for bankruptcy protection early Monday morning, the latest casualty of the headwinds facing brick-and-mortar retailers. The embattled department store chain, once the world’s largest,
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
  • bankruptcy
  • Sears
Oct
10
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Baker Katz Completes Remodel, Sale of 52,744 SF Retail Center in Metro Houston

HUMBLE, TEXAS — Houston-based Baker Katz has completed the remodeling and sale of a 52,744-square-foot retail center in Humble, a northern suburb of Houston. The property is anchored by 24 Hour Fitness. Neal Wade of Baker
  • Neal Wade
  • Humble
  • Remodel
  • Sale
Sep
14
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One Year After Hurricane Harvey

Houston developers wrestle with complex regulatory issues in the 100- and 500-year floodplains. By Kenneth Katz & Neal Wade of Baker Katz The Houston metropolitan area was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Harvey, with a tropical
  • Texas Real Estate Business
  • Neal Wade
  • Kenneth Katz
Sep
01
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How To Weather Hurricane Season

As the industry goes into a new hurricane season, retail property owners and tenants have had nearly a year to evaluate their responses to last year’s trio of hurricanes, which caused a record $202 billion in
  • Shopping Centers Today
  • Kenneth Katz
  • retail
  • Hurricanes
Aug
21
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Whole Foods 365 store a ‘strong statement’ for Independence Heights

For decades, Mardie Paige drove 10 minutes out of her neighborhood to shop at Kroger stores in nearby Heights and Oak Forest. There were no major grocery stores in the traditionally African-American neighborhood off the North Loop,
  • Jason Baker
  • retail
  • WholeFoods
Aug
20
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What Did Houston CRE Learn From Hurricane Harvey? Industry Leaders Speak One Year Later

Nearly a year ago, Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston-area residents with historic flooding. Houston Strong, the city’s rallying cry for recovery efforts, held true through the year since Harvey hit Texan land on Aug. 26, 2017. The city
  • Jason Baker
  • BisNow
Aug
16
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Retail wrap: Buff Burger, Sweet Paris, Russo’s NY Pizzeria, Zero Degrees get new locations

BuffBurger, a burger restaurant launched by Paul and Sara Burden in 2015, plans to open a location this fall in the CityWest Retail Center, 10550 Westheimer, in west Houston. Other locations are at 1014 Wirt Road
  • Jason Baker
  • Lunden McGill
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Restaurant
Jul
23
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Development near Baybrook Mall snags 4 restaurant leases including Hopdoddy, Snooze

Several restaurant chains are heading out to southeast Houston near Baybrook Mall. Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, Mod Pizza and Main Squeeze Juice Co. inked leases at a new shopping center at 820 Bay
  • Lunden McGill
  • Snooze
  • Houston
  • Hopdoddy
  • Mod Pizza
Jul
10
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Discounting new discount concepts

With off-price player like Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, and Ross Stores entrenched as favored anchors for shopping centers, traditional anchors like Macy’s are finding it harder than they imagined to get in on the act. There’s more
  • Jason Baker
  • retail
  • Chain Store Age
Jul
03
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Open Retail Space in Houston – Fox26

  • Jason Baker
  • retail
Jul
02
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American Furniture Warehouse buys sites for initial Texas stores

Colorado-based American Furniture Warehouse has purchased land in Katy and Webster for its entry into the Texas market. Houston-based Baker Katz represented American Furniture Warehouse in the transactions. “We worked diligently to secure high-profile sites within super
  • Ben Brown
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Katy
  • Texas
  • American Furniture Warehouse
Jun
18
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Baker Katz Signs Republic Chicken to New Lease in Beaumont, Texas

BEAUMONT, TEXAS — Houston-based Baker Katz has signed Republic Chicken, a family-style restaurant serving Southern comfort food, to a new lease in Beaumont. Located at the corner of Interstate 10 and U.S. Highway 96, the new
  • Lunden McGill
  • Restaurants
  • Texas
  • Beaumont
  • Republic Chicken
Jun
15
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Why the massive gyms? It takes a ‘village of health’ to battle obesity

Luxury athletic clubs in the Houston area are bulking up in size and amenities, part of a national trend to capture the growth in fitness spending. Life Time just opened one of the region’s largest gyms,
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Cypress
  • Fitness
  • Gyms
  • Life Time
  • Texas