Retail Wrap: New Locations [Take the Wheel]

Vintage blue food truck exterior on a sunny day. Menus and condiments on display.

By Katherine Feser – Staff writer, Houston Chronical

Starbucks will open a 1,726-square-foot coffee shop with patio in the City Place community in north Houston in the first quarter. The store will be on the ground floor of The Mark, an apartment midrise at 1400 Lake Plaza Drive, next to Chipotle. Bruce Frankel of Frankel Development Group represented the landlord. The Mark is owned by an entity managed by CDC Houston, the master developer of City Place, in partnership with apartment developer Fein. Starbucks joins other restaurants in the urban district of City Place including Bread Zeppelin, Sushi Rebel, Common Bond and Island Grill. Formerly called Springwoods Village, City Place is home to 20,000 employees.

Rice Management Co. announced new shops, including two temporary tenants, at Rice Village. Sprinkles leased 1,718 square feet at 2563 Amherst for a cupcake store to open in December. The shop will be next to Van Leeuwen ice cream store and Shake Shack. Fabbriology, a pop-up contemporary art gallery by Angela Fabbri, will open a seasonal pop-up in 1,529 square feet at 2534 Amherst this fall. See’s Candies, a California-based candy retailer selling more than 100 varieties, will open a pop-up store at 2567 Amherst on Nov. 8. Burdette Huffman of the Blue Ox Group represented Rice Village in the leases. The announcement follows the recent openings of SkinSpirit, Duck Camp and Christina Greene Jewelry.

LL Flooring opened a showroom at 8366 Westheimer. It is the third store in Houston and 30th in Texas. Previously known as Lumber Liquidators, the store offers more than 500 varieties of floors.

Christian’s Tailgate renewed its 6,000-square-foot restaurant lease at 1010 Highway 6 North. Ryan King of MHW Brokerage Services represented the tenant. Kensigner Properties is the landlord.

Planet Fitness signed a 10-year lease for 25,550 square feet in Spring Town Center, a project of NewQuest Properties at FM 2920 and Kuykendahl Road in Spring. Kevin Sims and Andrew Alvis of NewQuest Properties represented the landlord. Chris Pitts and Scott Gardner of Streetwise Retail Advisors represented the tenant. Planet Fitness will take over the former Gordmans store, which has been vacant for about year, according to NewQuest. Stage Stores liquidated it stores, including Gordmans, after filing for bankruptcy last year.

Blo Blow Dry Bar inked a franchise agreement with Stephanie and Mike Winsor to open seven locations in the Houston area. The first location is expected to open in Kingwood in early 2022. Blo has more than 130 locations across the U.S. and Canada.

The Red Chickz, a Los Angeles-based restaurant serving Nashville hot chicken, is expanding to the Southwest through franchising. Houston has been identified as a target market. Founded by Persian Jewish immigrant Shawn Lalehzariant, The Red Chickz aims to open locations in California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas.

Urban Lounge leased 3,094 square feet in Memorial at Kirkwood, at 14008 Memorial Drive, from RPI Management. Josh Friedlander and Bob Conwell of NewQuest Properties represented the landlord.

Take The Wheel Mobile Restaurant leased 1,500 square feet at Plaza at Highway 6, 15040 Highway 6, Rosharon. Eric Broussard and Benny Nguyen RESOLUT RE represented the landlord.

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