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Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Perfect Fit for Mayfield Heights Community

     

Since planting its roots at Golden Gate Shopping Center in Mayfield Heights last month, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has been off to an impressive start. The organic food store with a “mission to improve the way our communities eat by offering fresh and healthy food at amazing values” opened to a large crowd of excited shoppers on February 8th. This inspired Mayfield Heights community led the store’s Grand Opening to place among the Top 10 openings of all stores (52) to date. As an extra offering, the first 250 guests in line were gifted with a free bag of groceries.

This enthusiastic reception of the first Fresh Thyme location in Northeast Ohio has not wavered, as sales continue to thrive at a pace above projection.

Jim Becker, Senior Executive/Director, and Robert Yaskanich, Senior Director, with Goodman Real Estate Services Group LLC, have been brokers together for the 371,748 SF Golden Gate Shopping Center since 2014, seeing it through Cleveland’s Largest single-asset retail sale that same year.

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Phase III Construction at Oakwood Commons Nearing Completion

First Interstate Properties purchased the former Oakwood Country Club and land in 2011, with construction commencing in 2013. The innovative, green retail concept was developed for a community that was underserved by national retailers and the surrounding neighborhoods in need of revitalization. Six years later, the final phase of construction at Oakwood Commons is nearing completion with a slate of stores expected to open in spring 2017. Goodman Real Estate Services Group represents First Interstate Properties in the leasing of retail space at Oakwood Commons. 

Oakwood Commons is South Euclid’s newest and ecologically innovative 325,000 square foot retail power center. By using sustainable design, Oakwood Commons, combines educational elements, low-impact development techniques, and environmentally conscious practices in creating the first environmentally conscious retail complex in northeast Ohio. Oakwood Commons also donated 21 acres of land and $400,000 for funding of improvements to the City of South Euclid to create Oakwood Green, a nature preserve and isolated public park located behind the shopping center. Amenities of the new nature preserve include an amphitheater, nearly one mile of walking trails, native plants and bioswales, and permeable paving to manage a 5.5 acre stormwater wetland witheducational opportunities.

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Storage Zone Breaks Into a High-End Market

Storage Zone is a self-storage company with 20 locations in Northeast Ohio. The vast majority are free-standing buildings on the fringes of major metropolitan areas. One of the challenges for Storage Zone is finding new locations in middle to high income communities. Zoning in those areas often prevents their “use” from operating. Contrary to these restrictions, there is a need for self-storage and the units in comparable markets generally have high occupancy rates.

One such high-end market is Rocky River. Finding a site to build a self-storage in this municipality has never seemed possible…until October of 2016. The City of Rocky River told Wald & Fisher, the owner of Rockport Shopping Center, that it would consider self-storage for a conditional use as a part of the center’s redevelopment.  The city considered it a viable solution for anchor space that has been empty for many years. Jim Becker contacted Storage Zone immediately. They were excited about the opportunity to break into the market and made a deal with Wald & Fisher in record time. Storage Zone presented rough plans and elevations to Rocky River in mid-December and the city approved their application.

If all goes well, Storage Zone will open in the second quarter of 2017.

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Columbus’ Short North Development Expands Beyond High Street

The residential boom in one of Columbus’ most trendy neighborhoods continues as it continuously begins to see new developments east and west of High Street.

The Short North, a Columbus neighborhood wedged in between The Ohio State University campus district to the north and the city’s central business district to the south, continues to be one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the state capital. Growth in the area is so considerable that many new developments are popping up off the main drag of High Street and into the Short North’s smaller neighborhoods, such as Victorian Village to the west and Italian Village to the east.

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Multi-Tenant Outparcel Buildings Gaining 1031 Momentum

When professionals in the real estate industry hear the term “1031,” they typically think of single tenant, triple-net leased properties.  Drugstores.  Restaurants.  Banks.  This certainly is a past and present trend, but compressing cap rates in these sectors have caused many private exchange buyers to look elsewhere for higher returns.  The retail model with perhaps the highest uptick in recent demand has been the newly-constructed two to three tenant buildings, especially outparcels to larger shopping centers.  Tenant categories many times include at least one, if not two, restaurants, and may include cellular phone stores, mattress, dental, and a host of other small format retailers.  While cap rates for these properties can dip into the 5% cap rate range, by and large they have been trading between 6% and 6.75% depending on tenancy and market. 

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