Restaurants

  At the ICSC LAS VEGAS 2024 conference, Nelli Day of Retail Insight interviewed Monetha Cobb, chief marketing officer, and Greg Matus, senior vice president of investment sales, of Franklin Street, to discuss the prevailing challenges and future trends in the retail industry. Key Challenges in Retail The primary hurdle in the retail sector is the fluctuating market and rising interest rates, which have significantly slowed down transactions. Investors and developers are finding it tougher to secure deals as banks enforce stricter lending criteria. Despite a slight uptick in activity, …

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  At the ICSC LAS VEGAS 2024 conference, Nellie Day from Retail Insight spoke with Nate Tower, president and founder of Broad Reach Retail Partners, to explore the evolving landscape of retail and upcoming trends in the space. Broad Reach Retail Partners focuses on revitalizing underperforming shopping centers via a holistic, full-cycle approach that considers leasing, management, construction and acquisition. Tower emphasizes the importance of assessing a matrix of key performance indicators (KPIs) — including capital requirements, tenant mix and market demographics — to develop and execute effective business plans …

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  Sandy Sigal argues that the evolving fields of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are a perfect fit for retail. “We generate the most relevant data on an everyday basis, and that data affects the outcomes and success of our centers,” explains Sigal. In a discussion on the pivotal role of technology in the retail sector, Sigal emphasizes that understanding customer behavior is paramount for shopping center owners. By leveraging technology to track customer movement and sentiment — where they come from, how long they stay, how they feel about …

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  Located in Southern California’s Inland Empire, Moreno Valley has emerged as a significant growth center and a friendly home to retail. As highlighted by Melissa McClain, head of marketing & business attraction for the city, the area’s robust development is driven by substantial job creation and strategic planning. “Truly the catalyst for the growth in Moreno Valley has been jobs. We’ve created more than 34,000 jobs in the last eleven years. And because of that, we now have more than 7,700 single-family and multifamily residential units that are either …

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Lake Grove, N.Y. — Fast-casual restaurant concept New York Fries has opened at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove. Recipe Restaurant Group owns and operates the brand, which offers an array of fries, as well as poutine and hot dogs. This marks the fourth restaurant to open in the U.S. this year for the concept and the second in New York. Units occupy between 250 and 350 square feet. Simon Property Group is the landlord at the property. 

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Silver Spring, Md. — Six new food-and-beverage concepts have signed leases to join Commas, a 13,000-square-foot food hall currently underway at Ellsworth Place shopping center in Silver Spring. 6 Skewers, The Champs Kitchen, Claude Have Mercy, Momo Hub, Nim Ali and Café Antigua by Nim Ali will join the food hall, which will feature 11 total stalls. Openings are scheduled to begin this summer. GBT Realty Corp. owns and operates Ellsworth Place, which totals 350,000 square feet. 

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Orlando, Fla. — Red Lobster has voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida. The Orlando-based seafood restaurant chain plans to sell its business to an entity formed and controlled by its existing lenders. Red Lobster, which was founded in 1968 and operates some 600 restaurants across North America, has received a $100 million debtor-in-possession financing commitment from its existing lenders to facilitate this plan. The company stated that it would use the financing and bankruptcy proceedings to drive operational improvements, …

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Houston — Hospitality group Noble 33 will open a new restaurant at The Pavilion at The Allen in Houston June 4. Toca Madera, a Mexican steakhouse, will span 14,000 square feet, with a 393-seat capacity. The restaurant will feature an outdoor dining patio, two full-service bars, a private member’s club and a private dining room. 

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Fayetteville, Ark. — Arkansas-based fast-casual brand Slim Chickens has signed a franchise deal for 12 units in the state of Pennsylvania. Plans include the addition of restaurants in the counties of Lancaster, Lebanon, Dauphin, York, Cumberland, Centre, Franklin, Mifflin, Juniata, Perry and Adams. PSMMSM PA Ventures, also a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee, will own and operate the new units. 

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Broad Reach Retail Mike Castellitto quote from article + headshot

No matter the economic climate, the formula for creating value in properties will always be a retail property owner’s best friend. That’s why Broad Reach Retail Partners uses a multi-faceted approach that includes data-driven key performance indicators (KPIs) to drive their plans of action, strategic redevelopment and ongoing budget updates that optimize net operating income (NOI). “Through focused management, leasing and discipline, we create value, and we are able to return those dividends to our partners, properties and people,” says COO Mike Castellitto. “We have seen time and time again …

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