Facility Management Will Require Changes Under New COVID-19 Regulations

Facility managers across the nation are sorting through information about the coronavirus and looking at building modifications that can prevent the spread. Owners and tenants alike in the office and retail sectors have turned to facility management professionals to help their businesses thrive under rapidly evolving circumstances. REBusinessOnline recently spoke with three facility management professionals from Lee & Associates via video conference about their company’s approach to …

Lowe, BCG Holdings, Q Factor Break Ground on $144M Post House Mixed-Use Project in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY — A partnership between Lowe Property Group, BCG Holdings and Q Factor has broken ground on Post House. The mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly development will be located in Salt Lake City’s downtown Post District. MVE + Partners designed Post House, which will feature five buildings offering a total of 580 residential units, 22,405 square feet of retail space and 86,000 square feet of private and public outdoor space. Completion of the 488,765-square-foot project is scheduled …

Principle Construction Completes Conversion of Auto Dealership into Brewery in Huntley, Illinois

HUNTLEY, ILL. — Principle Construction Corp. has completed the conversion of a former Chevrolet auto dealership in Huntley into a brewing facility and full-service restaurant for More Brewing. The property is located at 13980 Automall Drive within metro Chicago. The 25,302-square-foot building includes 11,302 square feet of beer production space and a 14,000-square-foot restaurant with two private dining rooms that will double as barrel-aging rooms. Guests dining at the restaurant will be …

Shapell Liberty Investment Completes Retail Component of Vineyards at Porter Ranch Mixed-Use Center in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Shapell Liberty Investment Properties has completed the lifestyle and entertainment portions of The Vineyards at Porter Ranch, a $150 million mixed-use development in Los Angeles’ Porter Ranch neighborhood. AO Architects designed this portion of The Vineyards, which features 273,000 square feet of open-air, mixed-use space at 20000-20250 W. Rinaldi St. The pedestrian-friendly development includes a main street, central green area for community events and a 4,000-square-foot …

Ohio Delivers High Property Tax Values

By Steve Nowak, Siegel Jennings Co. A recent decision from an Ohio appeals court highlights a developing and troubling pattern in the state’s property tax valuation appeals. In a number of cases, an appraiser’s misuse of the highest and best use concept has led to extreme overvaluations. Given its potential to grossly inflate tax liabilities, property owners and well-known tenants need to be aware of this alarming trend and how to best respond. In the recently decided case, a property …

US Retail Sales Surge 17.7 Percent in May, Says Commerce Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The advance estimate for U.S. retail and food services sales, including e-commerce, in May is 17.7 percent higher than in April, the U.S. Commerce Department reported this morning. May is the first month since the COVID-19 outbreak halted the U.S. economy that has shown positive month-over-month growth. April was down 14.7 percent from March, and March decreased nearly 10 percent from February. Spending in May was at $485.5 billion, still lower than pre-pandemic levels. …

McDonald’s: U.S. Same-Store Sales Fall 5 Percent for Month of May

CHICAGO — McDonald’s says that U.S. same-store sales have sequentially improved from late March through May. For the month of May, the Chicago-based fast food giant reported a decline in U.S. same-store sales of 5.1 percent, compared with 19.2 percent for the month of April. Globally, sales fell 29.8 percent quarter-to-date through May. McDonald’s says that 95 percent of its restaurants globally are now open. In the United States, more than 1,000 restaurant dining rooms have reopened with …

Swire Properties to Welcome Five Retailers to Brickell City Centre in Miami

MIAMI — Hong Kong-based Swire Properties, along with co-developers Whitman Family Development and Simon Property Group, has announced that five retailers are joining the tenant lineup at Brickell City Centre in Miami. Marabu, which recently opened its doors, is a Cuban-inspired restaurant headed by Cuban-American chef Alberto Cabrera. Opening in July are Indochino, a digitally native menswear suit retailer, and Est.33 Craft Brewery & Kitchen. Los Chinos, a Latino-Chinese fusion …

Chicken Salad Chick Expands Midwest Footprint with First Restaurant in Indiana

JEFFERSONVILLE, IND. — Chicken Salad Chick is set to open its first restaurant in Indiana within the Louisville suburb of Jeffersonville. Located at 1520 Veterans Parkway, the restaurant is set to open on Tuesday, June 16. The first 100 guests will receive free chicken salad for a year. Chicken Salad Chick is following state guidelines for the coronavirus and will open the Jeffersonville restaurant at limited capacity with social distancing measures in place. The location features a …

Captain D’s Expands into 23rd State with New Location in Michigan

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MICH. — Fast-casual seafood restaurant Captain D’s has opened its newest franchised location in Clinton Township, about 25 miles north of Detroit. Situated at 35134 Groesbeck Highway, the restaurant marks Captain D’s only Michigan location and expands the brand’s footprint into its 23rd state. Currently, the Clinton Township Captain D’s is open for drive-thru, call-ahead ordering for curbside pickup and delivery. The dining room will remain closed for the immediate …

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