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Darden Restaurants to Acquire Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen for $780M

Darden Restaurants to Acquire Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen for $780M

ORLANDO, FLA. — Darden Restaurants has agreed to purchase Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen for $780 million in an all-cash transaction. Cheddar's was founded in 1979 in Arlington, Texas, and now has 165 locations, including 140 owned and 25 franchised, across 28 states with average annual restaurant volumes of $4.4 million. "We are excited about the opportunity to be a part of Darden,” says Ian Baines, CEO and president of Cheddar's. “Our operating philosophy and values are similar. Additionally, Darden's expertise will enable us to further capitalize on our growth potential." Baines will remain as president of Cheddar's. He will report to Gene Lee, Darden’s president and CEO. The transaction is expected to be complete in..

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XIN Development International Receives $108M Construction Loan for Mixed-Use Development in Hell’s Kitchen

XIN Development International Receives $108M Construction Loan for Mixed-Use Development in Hell’s Kitchen

NEW YORK CITY — XIN Development International Inc. — the U.S. development arm of Chinese developer Xinyuan Real Estate Co. Ltd. — has received $108 million in financing for the construction of a mixed-use property at 615 Tenth Ave. in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. The seven-story development will offer 82 residential units and 36,053 square feet of retail space. The retail portion of the property is currently 76 percent pre-leased to an undisclosed national credit tenant. Adam Hakim and James Murad of Eastern Consolidated secured the construction financing on behalf of the borrower through Bank of the Ozarks. Hakim also arranged a $27 million bridge loan with Bank of the Ozarks on behalf of XIN Development to..

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Online Versus Inline: Success Demands Retailers Focus on Enhancing In-Store Experience

Online Versus Inline: Success Demands Retailers Focus on Enhancing In-Store Experience

For anyone in the industry, it’s impossible to avoid the topic of online sales and the “dramatic” impact of the internet on traditional brick-and-mortar retail. Many retailers are clearly worried, and others are uncertain about how they should respond to the growth of online retail. That combination of concern and confusion has led to some questionable decision making about how and where to allocate resources. The mainstream media does its part to perpetuate the notion of the online behemoth, with attention-getting headlines and a persistent media narrative that reinforces the internet is taking over mentality. Every time a brand closes stores or cuts jobs, and every time a company announces weaker-than-anticipated sales numbers,..

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LaSalle Acquires 10 Post Office Square in Downtown Boston for $188M

LaSalle Acquires 10 Post Office Square in Downtown Boston for $188M

BOSTON — LaSalle Investment Management has acquired an interest in 10 Post Office Square in Boston’s CBD. The purchase price was $188 million, according to the Boston Business Journal. LaSalle acquired the 450,000-square-foot office building in a joint venture with Synergy Investments and on behalf of its U.S. value-add fund, LaSalle Income & Growth Fund VII. Synergy will continue to act as the operating partner. Known as 10 PO, the 14-story building is located at the corner of Milk and Pearl streets in Boston’s Financial District. The property features two interconnected towers. The office building is home to 36 tenants, with an average remaining lease term of six years. LaSalle plans to reposition the asset through..

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