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.