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.
Jun
28
Image

Analysis: Bringing retail back into the lending fold

Goldman Sachs’ newly originated loan on the retail component of 680 Madison Avenue in New York demonstrates the changing opportunity set for the sector. The fortunes of the retail sector appear to be rising, with lenders
  • Jason Baker
  • X Team
  • PERE Credit
Jun
18
Image

Grocery Stores’ Enduring Appeal to Shoppers, Investors and Developers

Space for lease in grocery-anchored, mixed-use development with small shops, multifamily and office centrally located across the street from entertainment venue. Sound like a desirable retail location? Don’t call the broker until you get a look
  • Kenneth Katz
  • market trends
  • Grocery
May
29
Image

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
Image

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
Image

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
Dec
12
Image

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
Sep
09
Image

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
Aug
30
Image

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
10
Image

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
Image

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
Image

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
May
11
Image

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
03
Image

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
Image

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
Image

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
Jan
27
Image

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
Image

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
04
Image

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
Image

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
generic-mall-new-post

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
Sep
26
Image

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
Image

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
Jun
27
Image

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
Feb
02
Image

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
Jan
16
Image

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
Image

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
Oct
15
Image

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
Jul
29
Image

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
Jun
11
Image

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
Image

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
15
Image

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
09
Image

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
Image

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
Image

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
Image

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
Aug
20
Image

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
13
Image

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
Image

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
Apr
21
Image

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
Image

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
Image

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
Oct
08
Image

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
17
Image

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
10
Image

New Tenant Mixes Drive Retail Redevelopments

A persistent need for a tenant mix that is resistant to e-commerce and which facilitates a unique, authentic experience is prompting owners of older retail centers and malls to assume high levels of risk and redevelop their
  • Neal Wade
  • PlazAmericas
May
10
Image

Retail wrap: Jamba Juice, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, TJ Maxx, Pet Supplies Plus grow Houston area store counts

Jamba Juice’s new store at 9303 Highway 6 in Missouri City is one of nine locations in the Houston market.Photo: Jamba Juice Jamba Juice has opened at 9303 Highway 6, at the entrance of the Sienna
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Lunden McGill
  • Pet Supplies Plus
May
10
Image

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
May
08
Image

THE SHIFT TO LOCAL IDENTIFICATION

The inclusion of boutique and independent retail has shifted from a curiosity to a priority. By Lunden McGill & Ben Brown, of Baker Katz. In cities around the country, growing numbers of developers are prioritizing the
  • Ben Brown
  • Texas Real Estate Business
  • Lunden McGill
  • RE Business Online
Apr
22
Image

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
Feb
02
Image

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
Image

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
Image

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
21
Image

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
Nov
16
Image

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
15
Image

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
Image

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
Image

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
15
Image

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
Sep
14
Image

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
Image

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
Image

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
Image

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
Jul
23
Image

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
Image

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
Image

Open Retail Space in Houston – Fox26

  • Jason Baker
  • retail
Jun
15
Image

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
Jun
04
Image

Listen: What Randalls’ store closures mean for Houston’s grocery landscape

Download   Randalls — once the go-to store for grocery shopping in Houston — has been edged out over the years by its competitors offering lower prices and wider selections. The homegrown company, now a subsidiary
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Looped In
  • Randalls
May
22
Image

Retail Owners Bet Big on Makeovers

RECon attendees detailed strategies for major renovations and reported renewed interest in the sector from institutional capital sources. Judging by conversations with a few of the developers and project managers at RECon on Monday, a steady
  • Jason Baker
  • Commercial Property Executive
  • retail
  • RECon
  • renovations
May
08
Image

Restaurant Consumers Demand More Variety

Savvy entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry are finding success by being ‘differentiators’ in product offerings and branding. From fast casual to fine dining, Americans’ appetite for more restaurant options is growing. The Bureau of
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston
  • Restaurants
  • food
  • trends
May
03
Image

Retail rents rising, despite industry turmoil

Rent for Houston retail space has risen to an all-time high, despite a long-term decline in brick-and-mortar businesses. The average asking rent for Houston retail space during the first quarter rose to $16.90 per square foot,
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
  • market trends
  • retailers
  • Toys R Us
Feb
28
Image

Houston’s Grand Parkway offers 184 miles of future retail construction

Retail observers would be hard-pressed to name a loop, high street, highway or byway in any large American market that is a bigger hotbed of retail development than Greater Houston’s aptly named Grand Parkway. When completed
  • Jason Baker
  • Shopping Centers Today
  • Development
  • Grand Parkway
  • Houston
  • market at springwoods village
Jan
30
Image

What’s ahead in 2018? Houston business likely to grow, not boom

What will 2018 bring to Houston’s bustling business community? We turned to some of our reliable sources for their observations and predictions for the year to come. Here’s a compendium of what we learned: Economy to
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
  • market trends
Jan
30
Image

Houston retail construction slows as online shopping accelerates

Houston retail construction is tapering off as the rising popularity of online shopping gives developers some pause. An estimated 3.3 million square feet of new shopping centers are slated for completion across the Houston area this
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Development
  • retail
  • construction
Jan
22
Image

Amazon Opens Prototype 1,800 SF Checkout-Free Grocery Store in Seattle

SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) has opened the first location of Amazon Go, an 1,800-square-foot mini grocery store in Seattle that allows customers to shop without waiting in checkout lines. The store was open exclusively
  • RE Business Online
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Grocery
  • Amazon
Dec
19
Image

Keeping It Short – Shopping Centers Today

Tenant leases are ending sooner as landlords get more innovative about their space By Steve McLinden   Retail product cycles are not the only shrinking index in the shifting shopping center landscape. Leases, too, are getting
  • Jason Baker
  • Shopping Centers Today
  • Leasing
  • retail
Oct
25

Houston Brokers see potential slowdown in retail developments in 2018

Houston may see a slowdown in retail development in 2018 – but that probably isn’t a bad thing. “Two years ago, there was no end in sight (to retail developments),” said Jason Baker of Baker Katz
  • Houston Business Journal
  • Jason Baker
  • HEB
Oct
24

Mid-Week in the South and Mountain Regions

Here’s a look at the trends, announcements and deals you may have missed at the mid-week point in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and Arkansas. NEWS AND NOTABLES AUSTIN, TX—Legend Communities and Crescent Communities announced Rough
  • Jason Baker
  • market trends
  • Mia's Table
  • Mias
Aug
30
Image

Digital Distraction: E-Commerce Myths & Realities

As the line between click-and-order and brick-and-mortar continues to blur, our preoccupation with the impact of online retail misses the point, an industry veteran contends. The narrative is so well established that even those outside the
  • Kenneth Katz
  • Commercial Property Executive
Jul
25

Middle Market Digest: Mid-Week In The South And Mountain Regions

Here’s a look at the trends, announcements and deals you may have missed in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and Arkansas. NEWS AND NOTABLES SAN ANTONIO—Texas business executive Weston Martinez, a member of the Texas Real
  • Globe St.
Jun
20
Image

Are Mid-Level Retailers In Trouble?

According to Jason Baker, principal with Houston-based retail brokerage Baker Katz, mid-level retailers that don’t offer a unique or private label product are going to get hurt more and more in the near future. by Natalie
  • Jason Baker
  • Globe St.
  • Amazon
  • online
Jun
12
Image

Houston to be a part of Aldi’s nationwide expansion plans

Discount chain is eager to expand beyond its Midwestern stronghold, and its local growth has been speedy By Dylan Baddour Grocery discounter Aldi will invest $3.4 billion to expand its U.S. presence by 900 stores in
  • Jason Baker
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Development
  • Grocery
May
29
Image

Online Conundrum

Landlords and tenants grapple with how to calculate rents based on omni-channel sales By Joel Groover What would happen if a basic question in the shopping center business – exactly how much  money a store makes
  • Jason Baker
  • Shopping Centers Today
May
26
Image

Total Wine flexes muscle in Houston’s spirited spirits battle

By Andrea Rumbaugh Total Wine & More is taking over two Houston-area Goody Goody liquor stores as the Maryland-based company continues its aggressive growth and goes head-to-head with local stalwart Spec’s. Goody Goody spokesman Armando Gonzalez
  • property acquisitions
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Kenneth Katz
May
14
Image

Amazon Effect

Retailers are positioning themselves as the online giant’s brick-and-mortar ambitions unfold By Joel Groover Speculation about the real estate role of Amazon.com is growing as more information emerges about its closely held plans for U.S. stores.
  • Jason Baker
  • Shopping Centers Today
  • Development
May
04
Image

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,
  • Jason Baker
  • Texas Real Estate Business
  • Grocery
May
01
Image

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
  • Jason Baker
  • Shopping Centers Today
Apr
28
Image

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
  • Neal Wade
  • Development
  • Independent Banker
Mar
08
Image

Theater Wars Light Up The Big Screen

HOUSTON—A new generation of experiential movie theater concepts is departing with industry conventional wisdom and beginning to change mixed-use development calculations, says Baker Katz in this EXCLUSIVE. HOUSTON—While going to the movies has always been an
  • Ben Brown
  • Jason Baker
  • Globe St.
  • market trends
Feb
26
Image

Developers stir ‘sleeping giant’ in northeast Houston

Houston’s housing market over the last few decades has expanded largely to the north, west and even south. Now the northeast, long considered a “sleeping giant,” may be ready for a growth spurt of its own.
Apr
09
Image

Why Hispanics Are A Key Market In Houston’s Grocery Wars

If Houston retailers are going to survive the grocery store wars over the next five years, they need to start marketing and catering more to the Hispanic population, says an industry expert. In the past 14
  • Houston Business Journal
  • Jason Baker
  • Grocery
Apr
03
Image

Expert: Hispanic Consumers Should Be Houston Grocers’ Target

Houston retailers should target the growing Hispanic consumer population over the next five years to boost their competitiveness, minding details such as shelf height, music and other things that go beyond product selection and advertising, says
  • Houston Business Journal
  • Jason Baker
  • Grocery
  • Smartbrief