Papa John’s Reports May as Best Sales Month in Restaurant History

LOUISVILLE, KY. — Papa John’s International Inc. has reported its May sales were up 33.5 percent in the U.S. and Canada on a year-over-year basis, marking the second month in a row that the pizza chain recorded its highest sales on record, according to president and CEO Rob Lynch. The May sales period was recorded from April 27 to May 24, and the company said it will continue to provide monthly updates through the end of the second quarter. In April, the Louisville-based chain reported a …

Webinar: California Retail Reboot

   On May 21, Shopping Center Business, Western Real Estate Business and California Centers magazines hosted “California Retail Reboot: How Will California’s Retail and Restaurant Sector Recover Post-Coronavirus?” Experts from California's retail sector gathered to discuss the future of California retail and how to ensure the success of tenants and their properties. Topics discussed include the following: ​How will California retailers, restaurants and …

Governor Abbott Gives Texas Bars Green Light to Reopen on Friday, May 22

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released plans for the second phase of the state’s plan to reopen the economy at a press conference on Monday afternoon, notably giving bars the option to begin reopening on Friday, May 22. Under the terms of the plan, Texas bars, wine tasting rooms and craft breweries may initially reopen at 25 percent occupancy with regard to indoor seating only. In addition, childcare centers, youth clubs and bowling alleys may begin reopening this week as part of …

Historic Restaurant Property in Chicago’s Lincoln Square Sells for $3.1M

CHICAGO — SVN Chicago Commercial has arranged the sale of the Chicago BrauHaus restaurant property for $3.1 million. The historic building is located at 4732 N. Lincoln Ave. within Chicago’s Lincoln Square. Tim Rasmussen and Marcus Sullivan of SVN represented the buyer, GW Properties. Matt Feo of Essex Realty Group represented the sellers, Harry and Guenter Kempf, who are longtime owners of the Chicago BrauHaus. The restaurant closed in late 2017 after 52

Two New Popeyes Restaurants to Open in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS AND KENTWOOD, MICH. — Two new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen locations are slated to open in West Michigan this summer. A restaurant at 5448 Division Ave. SE in Kentwood is scheduled to open on June 29. The second restaurant, located at 2446 28th St. SE in Grand Rapids, is expected to open in early August. Franchisee Anthony Basile will operate both locations. Colliers West Michigan worked with Basile to secure the locations. Chris Prins of Colliers represented Popeyes. There are more …

Retail Insite Brokers $2M Sale of Five Guys-Occupied Restaurant in San Diego’s Pacific Beach

SAN DIEGO — Retail Insite has directed the sale of a freestanding building located at 1020 Garnet Ave. in San Diego’s Pacific Beach neighborhood. Tanye Blane sold the asset to an undisclosed buyer for $2 million. The buyer plans to reposition the 4,500-square-foot property, which Five Guys Burgers and Fries currently occupies. Brian Pyke and Allison Campbell of Retail Insite represented the seller and buyer in the

SRS Real Estate Partners Negotiates $1M Sale of Starbucks-Occupied Asset in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY — SRS Real Estate Partners has arranged the $1 million leasehold sale of a newly constructed, single-tenant retail property in Salt Lake City. Wadsworth Development sold the asset to a Washington-based investor for $1 million. Starbucks Coffee occupies the 1,920-square-foot, drive-thru building, which is located at 421 E. 400 S. The coffee retailer signed a corporate-guaranteed, 10-year triple-net lease for the property when it opened its doors in late 2019. Sabrina …

Webinar: Atlanta Retail Reboot

   On May 8, Southeast Real Estate Business and Shopping Center Business magazines hosted “Atlanta Retail Reboot,” a webinar where experts from the Atlanta investment, retail and brokerage communities were invited to discuss what they are seeing in the retail market, the impact of the coronavirus on existing properties and on new developments, as well as what retail and restaurants will look like in the near and long term. Many retailers have been closed for weeks due to …

Retail Reboot Webinar: Wave of Second-Generation Restaurant Space to Hit Atlanta Market

As many as 150,000 to 200,000 restaurants nationwide may never fully reopen again after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, according to estimates from the National Restaurant Association. This represents 15 to 20 percent of all U.S. restaurants. Though the metro Atlanta area’s restaurants have been allowed to reopen their dining rooms for a full two weeks following Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s directives in late April, early indications are that a large swath of operators are choosing to keep …

Starbucks to Reopen More Than 85 Percent of Stores Nationwide by May 9

SEATTLE — This week, Seattle-based Starbucks started reopening its company-operated stores across the United States. Operating under modified operations and hours, including heightened safety protocols, the company plans to have more than 85 percent of stores opened by May 9 and expects to have more than 90 percent of stores open by early June. The company is using its experience in China, where more than 98 percent of its store are open and operating under revised protocols, as the …

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