FINS to Add Fifth Location at Birnham Woods Marketplace in Spring; Swim School to Occupy 7,000 sf of 9,700 sf Expansion to Lifestyle Center

Family-owned FINS swim school, which is celebrating 20 years of keeping swimmers safe, aware and active on Houston’s north side, will soon be adding its second Spring location and fifth Bayou City site at Birnham Woods Marketplace. Owner and Spring resident Bill Goudeket, a college swimmer whose love of the sport took him to the Olympic trials before he founded FINS, has signed a long-term lease for a new, 7,000-square-foot indoor facility in the urban-inspired retail center, ideally situated at 4057 Riley Fuzzel Road on the Grand Parkway at Birnham Woods Drive. Ross Foldetta of Foldetta Commercial Real Estate represented FINS, and Capital Retail Properties, which developed and leases the project, was represented by Eric Walker and Anderson Smith.

FINS will occupy a 9,700-square-foot, free-standing addition to Birnham Woods Marketplace. Construction on the annex started in May, and a turnover to FINS for build out is anticipated in October 2019. Currently encompassing 200,000 square feet and anchored by a next generation Kroger Marketplace store, the center, which was unveiled last year, includes an array of lifestyle tenants such as Woodson’s Local Tap + Kitchen, Memorial Hermann, Inner Element Fitness, Blue Lion Salons Studios, Amazing Lash Studio, GNC, Sprint, Nails of America, Sprint, PetSmart, Great Clips and Kumon.

According to Goudeket, “Long before the Grand Parkway was conceived, we were drawn to Spring given the affluent demographic and incredible growth potential of this community. We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished as a business, especially our contribution to drowning prevention. Additionally, we’re excited to begin this new chapter in a premier center with great tenant synergy and in an area underserved by our category.”

FINS Birnham Woods Marketplace will feature two pools – one for beginners and the other for more advanced swimmers – and as with its other locations in Spring/Klein, Cypress, The Woodlands and Atascocita, will offer private, semi-private and group programming ranging from water introduction for children starting at six months to training for competitive swimmers of all ages, including initiatives specific to USA Swimming and triathletes. Seasonal programs, including summer league prep and special summer programs, will also be available.

 “We’re one of the few swim schools in the nation that excels in programs ranging from babies to adults and even competitive swimming,” said Goudeket, who along with his wife Kathy and their three oldest children – Whitney, Liam and Megan – employs a team of 120.

About Capital Retail Properties

Capital Retail Properties is a full-service commercial real estate firm specializing in the development, marketing and disposition of anchored and shadow anchored retail shopping centers, as well as tenant representation and retail land sales. Regarded as the premier landlord and tenant representation team in Greater Houston with decades of collective experience and a reputation for doing the job right, Capital Retail Properties is also known for its deep base of relationships within the retail tenant rep brokerage community, resulting in key intelligence on brand expansion plans and new site opportunities before news reaches the market. Unrivaled insights and instincts have led the company’s tenant rep clients to the best developments and allowed landlord rep clients to maximize the value of their investments with occupancy rates well above market averages.

Delivering Space for Tenant Build Out in June, Michael Hsu Designed Market at Houston Heights Adds Salon Lofts, Vanguard Sport & Spine and M+L Dental to Retail Mix

Market at Houston Heights continues its impressive leasing pace as it approaches a June 2019 delivery for tenant build out. Conceived and developed by Houston-based Capital Retail Properties in partnership with Randy Wile of Wile Interests, Inc., the 30,000-square-foot, mixed-use lifestyle destination, designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, has three new operators joining a lineup that includes Flower Child and CycleBar.

New to the mix Salon Lofts, M+L Dental and Vanguard Spine & Sport add further appeal to the high-profile project, located at 1533 N. Shepherd, along a rapidly-evolving and walkable Heights retail corridor and in the midst of a growing array of restaurant, bar and shopping offerings. A fourth quarter 2019 debut is anticipated.

Represented by Greg Stanislawski with The Retail Strategy, Salon Lofts is an industry leader in the hair salon suite rental space. Focused on empowering independent beauty professionals, the brand will occupy a 4,200-square-foot endcap on the second floor of the north end of the property. The Market at Houston Heights site is one of three opening in Houston this year, joining future locations in Upper Kirby and Cinco Ranch. Anderson Smith and Connor Lynch represented Capital Retail Properties.

M+L Dental will unveil a 2,200-square-foot end line unit on the second floor in 2019. The full-service practice was represented by Patrick Valentz with Xite Realty. Market at Houston Heights was represented by Anderson Smith and Connor Lynch.

Also represented by Patrick Valentz with Xite Realty, Vanguard Spine & Sport will soon take over a 3,000-square-foot second floor endcap on the property’s south end. Anderson Smith and Connor Lynch represented Capital retail Properties. Slated for a 2019 unveiling, Vanguard Spine & Sport specializes in collaborative care in a variety of injury areas, including neck pain, back pain, headaches, joint pain and sports injuries. The team offers regenerative medicine services, medically-supervised weight loss, chiropractic care, decompression therapy, cryotherapy and sports rehab for patients of all ages. This represents an expansion of the Memorial-based practice.

Announced in late 2017, Market at Houston Heights occupies an approximately 75,000-square-foot parcel that is more than half a city block in size. Immediate area neighbors include Heights Bier Garten, Snooze Eatery, Superica, La Lucha, and new, two-story, 88,000-square-foot H-E-B grocery store.

A modern and eclectic mix of materials and elevations are creating a striking landmark for the area. Adding to the authentic urban appeal, minimal setbacks further highlight the facade and create a more pedestrian-oriented approach with parking at the rear. A 3,000-square-foot central plaza with seating will separate the 26,000-square-foot, two-story main building from a one-story, 4,000-square-foot structure. In addition to serving as a guest gathering space, and weekend market area, the public space will also be able to accommodate tenant and community events.

About Capital Retail Properties

Capital Retail Properties is a full-service commercial real estate firm specializing in the development, marketing and disposition of anchored and shadow anchored retail shopping centers, as well as tenant representation and retail land sales. Regarded as the premier landlord and tenant representation team in Greater Houston with decades of collective experience and a reputation for doing the job right, Capital Retail Properties is also known for its deep base of relationships within the retail tenant rep brokerage community, resulting in key intelligence on brand expansion plans and new site opportunities before news reaches the market. Unrivaled insights and instincts have led the company’s tenant rep clients to the best developments and allowed landlord rep clients to maximize the value of their investments with occupancy rates well above market averages.

My Eyelab to Add Fifth Location to Growing Greater Houston Footprint; Optical Center to Join Lineup at Shops at Parkway Lakes in Richmond this Fall

My Eyelab, one of the nation’s fastest growing full-service retail optical centers providing fast, friendly and affordable eye care, has set its sights on the Richmond area for its fifth Greater Houston location. Rob Steiner with Index Real Estate Services represented My Eyelab in procuring a 2,570-square-foot lease at Shops at Parkway Lakes, a 12,950-square-foot lifestyle center at 22377 Bellaire Blvd. – the intersection of the Grand Parkway. An early fall opening is anticipated.

The project is leased by Geoff Bracken and Anderson Smith of Houston-based Capital Retail Properties, a full-service commercial brokerage firm that also developed the project. The newly completed center, featuring an upscale, transitional design scheme with a white stucco exterior accented by architectural louvers, plus custom awnings and lighting, recently debuted tenants including a 1,200-square-foot Smoothie King with drive-thru lane, 2,800-square-foot Best Dental and pediatric dental practice, Tooth in Boots, which also occupies 2,800 square feet.

Shops at Parkway Lakes offers high visibility and is located directly across from Bellaire Blvd. from Sam’s Club and catty-corner on the Grand Parkway from the Shops at Bella Terra, showcasing retailers including Walmart, Best Buy, Kohl’s and Ross. Available spaces include a 2,000-square-foot end-cap facing Bellaire Blvd. and 1,560 square feet adjacent to Smoothie King.

My Eyelab is known for its competitive pricing on frame and lens packages, desirable upgrades as well as an array of styles for every occasion. Clients enjoy a multitude of eye care solutions along with a wide selection of affordable frames, prescription lenses, contact lenses and prescription sunglasses for men, women and children.

About Capital Retail Properties

Capital Retail Properties is a full-service commercial real estate firm specializing in the development, marketing and disposition of anchored and shadow anchored retail shopping centers, as well as tenant representation and retail land sales. Regarded as the premier landlord and tenant representation team in Greater Houston with decades of collective experience and a reputation for doing the job right, Capital Retail Properties is also known for its deep base of relationships within the retail tenant rep brokerage community, resulting in key intelligence on brand expansion plans and new site opportunities before news reaches the market. Unrivaled insights and instincts have led the company’s tenant rep clients to the best developments and allowed landlord rep clients to maximize the value of their investments with occupancy rates well above market averages.

Capital Retail Properties Reaches 100% Occupancy at Rayford Harmony Lifestyle Center in Spring with Leases for Big City Wings and JAX Burgers Fries & Shakes

Rayford Harmony, a recently completed, 38,738-square-foot lifestyle center at 3555 Rayford Road in Spring is now fully occupied with the addition of two, popular homegrown restaurant concepts: Big City Wings and JAX Burgers Fries & Shakes. The upscale development, featuring a decorative limestone and stucco exterior, is owned by Dallas-based Crow Holdings and leased by Anderson Smith and Connor Lynch of Houston-based Capital Retail Properties.

Big City Wings, which will occupy a 4,900-square-foot endcap, was represented by George Jones with GJW Commercial Real Estate. One of Houston’s early wing concepts, Big City Wings was relaunched in 2015 by its original owners and has since rapidly grown its local presence. Slated to debut late this month, the ninth at Rayford Harmony will offer a menu of fresh, house made chicken wings, an array of spirits plus a variety of other dishes for dine-in, delivery, pick-up and catering. The casual, family-friendly environment will be further enhanced with dozens of TVs and screens to satisfy sports fans of all ages.

JAX Burgers Fries & Shakes is coming full circle to its tenth Houston area location at Rayford Harmony. The family-owned burger brand, which was established in Spring in 2010, signed a 2,000-square foot lease and was represented by Jacob Weersing of Capital Retail Properties. A spring 2019 opening is anticipated.

According to JAX owners John and Melissa Recio, “We’re excited to be opening a site that is not only close to home and in the community where our children go to school, but also in a beautiful center amidst a great tenant mix and with easy access to key employment centers like Springwoods Village, popular neighborhoods, retail and entertainment options like Regal Cinemas.”

Highly rated on review sites such as Yelp and Trip Advisor, the restaurant showcases the finest 100% Angus beef. JAX offers its namesake offerings with variety in every category, including BBQ, Baja and Guac burgers plus garlic, sweet potato and bacon cheese fries, as well as an array of sandwiches, hot dogs, tenders and ice cream desserts. A kids menu is also available.

Additional Rayford Harmony tenants already open include Bellagio Nails & Spa, Mi Tierra Mexican Grill and Creekstone Outdoor Living.

About Capital Retail Properties

Capital Retail Properties is a full-service commercial real estate firm specializing in the development, marketing and disposition of anchored and shadow anchored retail shopping centers, as well as tenant representation and retail land sales. Regarded as the premier landlord and tenant representation team in Greater Houston with decades of collective experience and a reputation for doing the job right, Capital Retail Properties is also known for its deep base of relationships within the retail tenant rep brokerage community, resulting in key intelligence on brand expansion plans and new site opportunities before news reaches the market. Unrivaled insights and instincts have led the company’s tenant rep clients to the best developments and allowed landlord rep clients to maximize the value of their investments with occupancy rates well above market averages.

Sugar Land’s University Commons Adds New to Houston and Newly Expanding Food and Beverage Concepts to Mix

The recently debuted, 108,000-square-foot second phase of Sugar Land’s University Commons – anchored by a Sprouts Farmers Market that was unveiled last month – is quickly growing its tenant roster with a delicious variety of both new to Houston and newly expanding food and beverage concepts. Located on University Blvd. and serving as a retail and lifestyle gateway to Sugar Land’s Telfair community off Interstate 69, University Commons is being developed by Vista Equities Group. Brad Ryan and Geoff Bracken of Capital Retail Properties are overseeing leasing, and a third phase is in the planning stages.

“With its lively, urban leaning and pedestrian-oriented environment University Commons is resonating well with a variety of prospects, and we’ve been thrilled by the leasing pace,” said Capital Retail Properties’ Brad Ryan. “We’re also excited about the variety and multi-cultural flair of the food and beverage concepts that University Commons is bringing to Sugar Land, mirroring the diversity of the area.”

San Diego-based Luna Grill and Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery will both be joining the line up at University Commons. Represented by Jamie Weaver of EDGE Realty Partners, Luna Grill, a pioneer of the “Luxe Casual” dining category – representing a cross between fast casual and full service – has signed a lease for 2,700-square feet. Founded in 2004, Luna Grill has locations throughout Southern California and the Dallas/Fort Worth area and offers authentic, cooked fresh to order Mediterranean cuisine such as kabobs – skewered each day with antibiotic and hormone free meat choices – falafel, salads, hummus, wraps and desserts. The restaurant will showcase contemporary décor and a selection of craft beers and wine.

Represented by James Namken of Weitzman, Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery has also committed to 2,700 square feet with an opening slated for summer 2019. Inspired by the culinary spirit and the culture of the Texas State Capitol, Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery features a brand new look and feel and an out of the ordinary guest experience that sets the recently launched offering apart from a traditional Schlotzsky’s sandwich shop. In addition to The Original sandwich, which was first served in Austin in 1971, the menu will include an array of sliders, macs, flatbreads, gourmet pizzas and salads along with beer and wine options.

FENG CHA will unveil its second Houston area location at University Commons this spring. The teahouse was represented by Logan Zhou GT Capital and will occupy 1,600 square feet. Founded in 2016, FENG CHA will feature a selection of refreshing teas, including fruit and seasonal options and trending matcha milk foam toppers, plus creative desserts and freshly made bread.

U-Maki Sushi Burrito will bring its innovative twist to traditional Japanese cuisine to Sugar Land this spring. University Commons will be the locally-based fast casual brand’s third location in the Bayou City, following restaurants in Katy and the Champions Forest area. Hal Colbert of Colliers represented the burgeoning chain in executing the 1,600-square-foot lease. At U-Maki, guests can create their own sushi burrito from scratch, using seaweed wraps and 40 ingredients options including salmon, tempura shrimp and softshell crab, or choose from a myriad of house favorite combinations.

Represented by Lane Zieben of The Retail Connection, Tropical Smoothies Cafe signed a 1,600-square-foot lease and is planning a spring 2019 opening at University Commons. This is the first Sugar Land area location for the rapidly growing national brand, which currently has eight Greater Houston sites. In addition to its namesake smoothies, the fast casual concept offers a menu of wraps, flatbreads, quesadillas, sandwiches and bowls.

About Capital Retail Properties

Capital Retail Properties is a full-service commercial real estate firm specializing in the development, marketing and disposition of anchored and shadow anchored retail shopping centers, as well as tenant representation and retail land sales. Regarded as the premier landlord and tenant representation team in Greater Houston with decades of collective experience and a reputation for doing the job right, Capital Retail Properties is also known for its deep base of relationships within the retail tenant rep brokerage community, resulting in key intelligence on brand expansion plans and new site opportunities before news reaches the market. Unrivaled insights and instincts have led the company’s tenant rep clients to the best developments and allowed landlord rep clients to maximize the value of their investments with occupancy rates well above market averages.