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Food, Fitness, Entertainment Firms Will Save Houston Shopping Centers, Says InterFace Panel

HOUSTON — As brick-and-mortar retailers such as Sears, Macy’s and hhgregg continue to shutter stores throughout the country at a furious pace, Houston developers are rapidly warming to the idea of anchoring their shopping centers with restaurants, fitness centers and entertainment-based businesses. Retail executives throughout the Houston area convened at the InterFace Houston Retail conference on April 18 to discuss the impact of this trend and others on the metro’s retail real estate..

April 27, 2017

Joint Venture Breaks Ground on $79M Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Odessa, Texas

ODESSA, TEXAS — A joint venture between the City of Odessa, Eofficial Enterprises and Gatehouse Capital has broken ground on a Marriott Hotel and conference center in Odessa. The development will include a seven-story, 218-room hotel, 67,500-square-foot conference center, 365-stall parking garage and full-service Starbucks Coffee. Plans also include the refurbishment of Ector Theater, a historic performance and event venue originally built in 1951. The theater is located next to the new..

April 25, 2017

The Current and Future State of Class B Regional Malls

There's no question that regional malls, especially those outside major metropolitan areas, are feeling the brunt of market disruption. The brick-and-mortar retail environment has long been fighting the battle against e-commerce encroachment, shifting consumer habits and changing demographics. In the last five years, based on CoStar data: Retail rents in general have grown only 1 percent on average annually since 2011 while multifamily and office rents have seen 5 percent increases during..

April 25, 2017

Teen Retailer rue21 to Close 400 Stores, Focus on Online Sales

WARRENDALE, PA. — Teen clothing retailer rue21 is set to close about one-third of its stores nationwide as it shifts its focus to e-commerce. The privately held company will shutter 400 stores, according to reports by The Associated Press, leaving more than 700 rue21 locations in 48 states. The retailer confirmed upcoming closures in a Facebook post, stating that “it was a difficult but necessary decision.” A spokeswoman for rue21 recently alluded to the retailer’s unfavorable..

April 18, 2017

Care Capital Properties to Acquire Six Behavioral Health Hospitals for $400M

CHICAGO — Care Capital Properties Inc. (NYSE: CCP) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire six behavioral health hospitals in a sale-leaseback transaction for $400 million. The six-property portfolio contains a total of 712 beds in California, Arizona and Illinois. The hospitals primarily provide acute inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care, addiction services, geriatric psychiatric care and child and adolescent psychiatric care. Signature Healthcare Services LLC, one of..

April 11, 2017

Ashford Hospitality Prime Acquires Park Hyatt Beaver Creek in Colorado for $145.5M

BEAVER CREEK, COLO. — Ashford Hospitality Prime Inc. (NYSE: AHP) has acquired the 190-room Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa in Beaver Creek, Colo., for $145.5 million. The seller was not disclosed. The property amenities include ski-in and ski-out access; a heated outdoor pool and five outdoor hot tubs beneath a mountain waterfall; an outdoor fire pit; spa; fitness club; and onsite ski rental and boot fitting. The hotel also features 20,000 square feet of flexible indoor and..

April 3, 2017

WaterWalk Breaks Ground on Hybrid Extended-Stay Hotel, Apartment Project in Irving

IRVING, TEXAS — WaterWalk Hotel Apartments has broken ground on WaterWalk Las Colinas, located adjacent to DFW Airport at George Bush Turnpike and West Royal Lane in Irving. WaterWalk Las Colinas will feature 153 units across two buildings and is expected to open by Memorial Day of 2018. The franchised property is owned by a group of investors based in Wichita, Kan., and led by Allan Dunne, owner and manager of Dunne Investments and Dunne Property Co. The Law Company is the general contractor..

March 28, 2017

Joint Venture Sells Grocery-Anchored Shopping Center in Fort Worth for $15M

FORT WORTH, TEXAS — A joint venture between GHP Office Realty and RD Management has sold a 136,000-square-foot shopping center anchored by Albertsons, located in Fort Worth, for $15 million. The property was 98 percent occupied at the time of sale by tenants including Cook Children’s Health Foundation, Dollar General, Ace Hardware and Subway. The buyer was undisclosed.

March 28, 2017

NAI Partners Brokers Lease Renewal for 43,298 SF Industrial Warehouse in Houston

HOUSTON, TEXAS — NAI Partners has brokered the lease renewal of a 43,298-square-foot industrial warehouse located at 4310 Campbell Road in Houston. John Ferruzzo and Chris Kugle of NAI Partners represented the tenant, Mascorp Ltd., and Steve Hazel of Insite Realty represented the landlord, Cabot, in the leasing transaction.

March 28, 2017

IHOP to Open at Brazos Town Center in Metro Houston

ROSENBERG, TEXAS — IHOP is set to open a 4,588-square-foot restaurant at Brazos Town Center, a 1.8 million-square-foot shopping center located roughly 35 miles west of Houston in Rosenberg. Bob Conwell of NewQuest Properties represented the undisclosed landlord, and Jon Kantalis of SDI Realty represented the tenant in the leasing transaction. An opening date for the IHOP has yet to be announced.

March 28, 2017