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.