Mar 11

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 in First Colony and Willowbrook Mall. Additional stores will open over the summer and fall.

“We’re incredibly pleased to be bringing Charming Charlie back to its origin city of Houston and continuing to grow in all aspects of our business, especially in light of the challenges businesses have faced in the last year.” Steve Lovell, president of Charming Charlie, said in an announcement. “We also look forward to reopening in the communities who love the brand most.”

Charming Charlie is reviving its retail stores after liquidating more than 260 stores following its second bankruptcy filing in 2019. Company founder Charlie Chanaratsopon acquired the retailer’s trademarks, website domains, customer database and social media assets in fall 2019. The store roll out, which began in September, was delayed due to COVID-19.

The Signorelli Co., developer of the Valley Ranch master-planned community near U.S. 59 and the Grand Parkway northeast of Houston, launched a new brand for its 14-acre multi-purpose live event space. The Hill at Valley Ranch will be ramping up live music events in 2021 as part of a new partnership with Oak View Group Facilities. The Hill at Valley Ranch has hosted the annual Valley Ranch 4th Fest, an annual Independence Day festival and fireworks show.

Baker Katz, a Houston-based real estate brokerage and developer, is developing Brenham Crossing, a 50-acre retail project at U.S. 290 and Chappell Hill Road in Brenham in partnership with the city of Brenham. Slated to open in 2022, the project will initially have 163,518 square feet of retail space. Retailers committing to space so far are Hobby Lobby, Marshalls, Five Below, Burke’s and Petsmart. Jeff Stein at Dallas-based CBRE Group arranged financing for the project.

Krazy Dollar Store #5 leased 10,000 square feet at 8404 Texas 6 South. Wil Logan represented the landlord, Harman Income REIT.

Sure Mercies Ministries renewed 2,742 square feet at 8404 Texas 6 South. Wil Logan represented the landlord, Harman Income REIT.

Cheaters Creamery leased 500 square feet at 5002 Washington Ave. Eric Broussard of Resolut RE represented the tenant.

Elite Dry Cleaners leased 1,500 square feet in the Kleinwood Shopping Center, at 7310 Louetta Road in Spring, Texas. Josh O’Toole of Phillips Edison & Co. represented the landlord. Wes Miller of Wulfe & Co. represented the tenant.

By Katherine Feser

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