Major mixed-use project to open in Smyrna, Ga.

Photo of Jack Halpern standing front of the Publix at Jonquil

Commercial developer Jack Halpern on the 12-acre Jonquil development, which is set to open in late December. | Photo credit: Kathryn Ingall (Marietta Daily Journal)

by Jennifer Hafer
Reporter, Marietta Daily Journal

Before Publix or any other tenant was identified for the Jonquil development at the corner of Atlanta and Spring roads in Smyrna, commercial developer Jack Halpern had his eye on the property.

“We have been doing business in Smyrna for more than 50 years down the street at what was the Belmont Hills Shopping Center,” said Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises. “We were always aware of the Jonquil site, and we watched as previous owners’ and developers’ plans succumbed to bad timing and the downturn in the economy that took place a number of years ago.”

So when the 12-acre property hit the market two and a half years ago, Halpern jumped on it, believing the site was in a good location with a great road network and that the city of Smyrna would embrace a mixed-use development there.

“In terms of our investment, it’s in the millions of dollars,” Halpern said. “Most of the initial investment was in the form of land, but we also spent a lot of money getting the site ready to be redeveloped. We demolished some of the improvements prior owners had made on the property that were no longer of any value to the development that we planned for the property, then there were utilities and new infrastructure.”

 

Keep reading at the Marietta Daily Journal.

Developer unveils latest plans for Friendly and Hobbs site

screenshot of article in Triad Business Journalby John Brasier
Reporter, Triad Business Journal

Developer Jack Halpern is now targeting March 2018 to open his mixed-use project at the corner of Friendly Avenue and Hobbs Road, and the latest conceptual plans reveal a shift in the residential component of the project.

Halpern, the chairman of Atlanta-based developer Halpern Enterprises, unveiled his plans for the prime commercial location at Wednesday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Greensboro at the Terrace at Greensboro Coliseum. The plans now call for a 41,421-square-foot retail and restaurant complex, to be paired with 13 single-family homes.

A residential component to the project is not new, but the mix has fluctuated, with the last known plan showing 22 townhomes. Now earmarked for 13 single-family homes, the residential portion of the project would be built by another developer still to be contracted, Halpern told Rotarians.

 

Keep reading at the Triad Business Journal.

Halpern Enterprises Wins Big at Atlanta Regional Commission’s Development of Excellence Awards

Belmont mixed-use development wins “Exceptional Merit for Suburban Retrofit” award

The Halpern and Oppenheimer families pose with the ARC award

L-R: Halpern chairman Jack Halpern; Benjamin Halpern; Executive Vice President Carolyn Oppenheimer; Brad Oppenheimer; and Matthew Oppenheimer pose with the ARC Development of Excellence Award

ATLANTA (Nov. 16, 2016) – The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) presented its 18th annual Developments of Excellence awards at its State of the Region breakfast on October 28, recognizing quality developments and places that keep the 10-county Atlanta region a desirable place to live and work. Halpern Enterprises took home the award for “Exceptional Merit for Suburban Retrofit” award for its mixed-use development, Belmont.

Originally called “Belmont Hills,” the 48-acre site at the corner of Atlanta Road and Windy Hill Road was developed in the early 1950s and became one of the largest shopping centers in the Southeast. Halpern turned the aging strip shopping center into a walkable, mixed-use community. The new Belmont development features a mix of single-family attached homes, apartments, retail, office and a public elementary school, with a design that accommodates people of all ages.

“In the future, the Atlanta region will witness the development of many more pedestrian-friendly retail centers where people can walk to shop and dine in their communities and leave their cars at home,” said Jack Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises. “Belmont is a great example of what can be accomplished, and we’re humbled by this recognition from ARC.”

Belmont features a collection of restaurants and retail stores called The Shops at Belmont; a 153-home single-family residential subdivision by David Weekley Homes (Village of Belmont); and a 274-unit luxury apartment community (400 Belmont). The site is also the location of Smyrna Elementary School, which has more than 900 students.

The center is adjacent to Cobb County’s Campbell High School and is connected to the nearby Smyrna Market Village, the Chattahoochee River and Kennesaw Mountain by the surrounding network of streets, trails and sidewalks.

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About Halpern Enterprises

Headquartered in northeast Atlanta, Halpern Enterprises owns more than 30 retail properties located in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. With leasing, management and maintenance staff assigned to each shopping center, Halpern’s tenants receive personal attention and high value for their rental dollar. Halpern is continually growing its portfolio, both through acquisitions and new development, and all Halpern properties are well located in high-traffic areas convenient to major residential developments. More information is available at www.halpernent.com.

Jonquil’s Publix pencils in mid-December opening

Jack Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises, updated attendees at Thursday morning’s Smyrna Area Council meeting on Halpern’s two Smyrna developments, Belmont and Jonquil.

By Jon Gargis, Marietta Daily Journal:

Jack Halpern updates the Smyrna Area Council

Jack Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises, updated attendees at Thursday morning’s Smyrna Area Council meeting on Halpern’s two Smyrna developments, Belmont and Jonquil. Photo by Jon Gargis.

SMYRNA — Construction continues on Jonquil, the mixed-used development on a 12-acre site at the corner of Atlanta and Spring roads. One major portion of the project — its grocery store anchor — is expected to be open by the end of the year.

Jack Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises, the company behind the estimated $40 million-plus Jonquil development, told attendees at Thursday morning’s meeting of the Smyrna Area Council that Publix would be opening its doors in mid-December.

“It’s been a tight construction schedule to be able to turn this store over to them in time, but it looks like we’re going to make it. They should start stocking the store before Thanksgiving and open it in the middle of December,” Halpern said.

Jonquil will also consist of retail shops and luxury apartment units. Among the retail offerings in the development will be Willy’s Mexicana Grill, an Atlanta-based restaurant chain, and Newk’s Eatery, which just entered the Cobb market with a location going into the new Kennesaw Marketplace at the corner of Cobb and Barrett Parkway.

Halpern said Jonquil’s retail spaces are slated to open by the end of first quarter of 2017 — with 100 percent of them expected to be leased by this year’s end — while the 260 residential rental units, which are being developed by Wood Partners, are expected to be completed in the middle of 2017 with leasing beginning then.

Read the rest of the story at the Marietta Daily Journal.

Shopping center developer opens new headquarters in Sandy Springs, Ga.

Jack Halpern, Mayor Rusty Paul, Carolyn Oppenheimer, and Councilman Andy Bauman smile as they cut a large red ribbon

L to R: Jack Halpern; Rusty Paul, Mayor of Sandy Springs; Carolyn Oppenheimer; Andy Bauman, Sandy Springs City Council | Photo credit: Eric Bern Studio

Atlanta, Ga. (September 7, 2016) – After 50 years on Buford Highway in Doraville, Ga., Halpern Enterprises opened its new headquarters in Sandy Springs, Ga., with a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new building.

Executive Vice President Carolyn Oppenheimer welcomed about 80 guests, including dignitaries Mayor Rusty Paul of Sandy Springs, Sandy Springs City Councilman Andy Bauman, and representatives from the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber.

As to the timing and reason for the new headquarters, Oppenheimer credited her brother Jack Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises, for having “the foresight to realize that our company deserved a home and a space that was in keeping with the organization we’ve built for today and the future.”

“It’s great to see expansion and development of local businesses that employ locally, and I’m really proud to have you [here],” said Bauman in his public remarks.

Mayor Rusty Paul spoke of the value of having a longtime family business relocate to the city, citing family as “the true core of our community.” He went on to add, “Thank you for investing – coming home to Sandy Springs, investing in our community, and creating jobs here.”

Jack Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises, expressed gratitude “for the successful years we enjoyed on Buford Highway.” He recounted Oppenheimer and himself asking where Halpern should consider home “for the next 50 years.” He paused and said, “[Sandy Springs] seemed like a good answer.”

The relocation of Halpern Enterprises brought 32 full-time jobs to the city of Sandy Springs. Halpern expressed the great privilege the company has in being a corporate citizen in the city: “We hope that our company will prove to be an asset to the community for many years to come.”

At the conclusion of Halpern’s remarks, he and Oppenheimer were joined by Mayor Paul and Councilman Bauman for a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Guests were treated to tours of the new building and a reception. The architects for the new headquarters were Larry Sweat, Grant Mosely, and John Knight of MSTSD; furnishings by Turner Boone; construction by Hodges & Hicks; and interior design by Susan B. Bozeman Designs.

Halpern Enterprises is located at 5200 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342.

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Jack Halpern, Mayor Rusty Paul, Carolyn Oppenheimer, and Councilman Andy Bauman smile as they cut a large red ribbon

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Headquartered in northeast Atlanta, Halpern Enterprises owns 35 retail properties located in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. With leasing, management and maintenance staff assigned to each shopping center, Halpern’s tenants receive personal attention and high value for their rental dollar. Halpern is continually growing its portfolio, both through acquisitions and new development, and all Halpern properties are well located in high-traffic areas convenient to major residential developments. More information is available at www.halpernent.com.

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Industry Trends from the Bisnow “Retail & Restaurant Roundup”

Jack Halpern shares insight on retail trends at a Bisnow event

Jack Halpern, Chairman of Halpern Enterprises, shares insight on retail trends at a Bisnow event

Jack Halpern, Chairman of Halpern Enterprises, served as an expert panel member on Bisnow’s recent “Retail & Restaurant Roundup” event at the JW Marriott in Buckhead.

Rent prices are nearing the ceiling of what a “typical tenant can afford,” according to the panel of development experts.

In other trends, restaurants are currently the “darling” tenants of new development projects. Of particular mention was Halpern’s redevelopment project in Smyrna, Ga., the 48-acre Belmont, with the retail Shops at Belmont as the focus. “Over half the square footage in that project is devoted to restaurants,” according to Halpern.

Other panelists included Loudermilk Co.’s Robin Loudermilk, Marcus & Millichap’s Michael Fasano, and North American Properties’ Ron Pfohl. The panel was moderated by Franklin Street’s Monetha Cobb.

For more details, read the full summary at Bisnow.

Boom Town: Marietta Daily Journal details Halpern’s newest mixed-use projects

Marietta Daily Journal - Boom TownDetails about Halpern’s two new mixed-use developments, Belmont and Jonquil, are revealed in a double-feature in this morning’s Marietta Daily Journal:

SMYRNA — The retail shops at Belmont are completely filled, and the residential units, both houses and apartments, are filling up fast as the Smyrna redevelopment project nears completion.

Belmont is a 48-acre mixed-use development at the corner of Atlanta and Windy Hill roads that Jack Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises, hopes will bring business and job opportunities to Smyrna and “improve the quality of life for Smyrna residents.”

In May 2008, the city approved a development agreement with Halpern Enterprises for the redevelopment of the former Belmont Hill shopping center, which was hailed as the largest shopping center in the South when it opened in 1954. The center was demolished in 2009, but further development was stalled by the economic downturn.

For the full story, keep reading “Boom Town” at the Marietta Daily Journal.

Publix to open at Jonquil shopping center

Grocery anchor leases 45,600-square-foot space, scheduled to open in 2017; Willy’s Mexicana Grill also to open

Jonquil, a mixed-use development home to the newest Publix store

Jonquil, a mixed-use development home to the newest Publix store

Smyrna, Ga. (May 19, 2016) – The grocery-anchored Jonquil shopping center, opening in the spring of 2017, has signed Publix as its newest tenant. The project, heavily anticipated by the Smyrna community for years, will see Publix occupy a 45,600-square-foot space.

The store’s prime location, on the northwest corner of Atlanta Road and Spring Road, is at a high-traffic intersection that sees nearly 46,000 vehicles per day. While the nearest Publix is three miles away, the new Jonquil store is well-positioned to support the new residential communities springing up along the Atlanta Road corridor, including luxury apartment communities Alta Belmont and the tentatively named Alta Jonquil under development by Wood Partners. The Publix at Jonquil will have a pharmacy and will bring 100 new jobs to the community.

“We have worked with Publix for years and are thrilled to finally bring a Publix store to this part of Smyrna,” said John Brozovic, Regional Leasing Director at Halpern Enterprises. “Publix is a high-quality brand, and tenants appreciate the customer base they attract. This Publix will certainly benefit the 35,000 households surrounding Jonquil.”

The 60,000-square-foot Jonquil shopping center, developed by Halpern Enterprises and currently under construction, also has Atlanta-based chain Willy’s Mexicana Grill as a committed tenant in addition to Publix. Numerous other leases are currently under negotiation with national and local retail and restaurant brands.

“Our customers are anxiously awaiting the opening of this new store,” said Brenda Reid, Media and Community Relations Manager for Publix Super Markets. “We look forward to opening our third store in Smyrna and providing the Publix shopping experience at this new location.”

Jonquil is Halpern’s fifth Publix anchor, joining a store currently under construction at Dawson Crossroads in Dawsonville, Ga., and stores at Cheshire Square in Atlanta, Ga., The Village at New Georgia in Dallas, Ga., and The Shoppes at Royale, recently sold by Halpern, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Jonquil is located at 2995 Atlanta Road SE in Smyrna, Ga.

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About Halpern Enterprises

Headquartered in northeast Atlanta, Halpern Enterprises owns 35 retail properties located in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. With leasing, management and maintenance staff assigned to each shopping center, Halpern’s tenants receive personal attention and high value for their rental dollar. Halpern is continually growing its portfolio, both through acquisitions and new development, and all Halpern properties are well located in high-traffic areas convenient to major residential developments. More information is available at www.halpernent.com.

Media Inquiries:
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Halpern Enterprises to exhibit at RECon 2016

Halpern is exhibiting at RECon: Booth S323RHalpern Enterprises will be an exhibitor at ICSC RECon in Las Vegas, NV, May 22-25, 2016. RECon is the global convention for the shopping center industry.

Halpern debuted 8 new shopping centers this spring at ICSC Carolinas and will be meeting with retail and restaurant brands at RECon who desire space in its more than 30 centers across the southeast.

Visit Halpern at ICSC RECon in Booth S323R.

Belmont: Shops 95% leased, first tenants to open in March

Belmont, the 48-acre mixed-use development at the intersection of Windy Hill Road and Atlanta Road in Smyrna, Georgia, is nearing completion.

Here are the latest updates on the Shops, the medical office building, and the residential communities:

The Shops at Belmont

The finished Shops at Belmont buildings in the background; construction workers add plants to the landscape in the foreground.The Shops at Belmont has only 1 shop space remaining (1400 SF), and we’re seeking a soft-goods retailer to complete our modern mix of retailers and restaurants.

Here’s who’s coming to the Shops:

  • Creatwood Tavern, a new concept from the team behind Whitehall Tavern
  • Ms. Heel, a modern shoe boutique
  • Cielo, a Mexican restaurant concept
  • Greek Village Taverna, a Mediterranean restaurant concept
  • Torta di Napoli, featuring neapolitan pizzas baked in authentic wood-fired ovens
  • Dry Cleaner (to be named)
  • Parisian Nail Salon
  • N-Style, a high-end barbershop
  • Hearing Solutions, an audiology center

For leasing information, contact John Brozovic at (770) 508-3314 or jbrozovic@halpernent.com.

Medical Office Building in Pre-Lease

A rendering of the Belmont Physician Center

The 30,000 SF, Class “A” Belmont Physician Center (now pre-leasing)

Halpern is planning to bring a medical office building to Belmont — the Belmont Physician Center.  The 2-story, Class “A” building will be 30,000 SF and is currently pre-leasing.

In addition to the convenient location at Belmont, highlights include:

  • Outstanding demographics
  • Great visibility from street
  • Traffic counts of 18,040 and 29,530 ADT at the intersection
  • Signalized entrance at Windy Hill Road

For leasing information, contact Mike Tallant at (404) 791-9994 or mike@mrealestatellc.com.

Alta Belmont Luxury Apartments

Developed by Wood Partners, Alta Belmont is a 274-unit luxury apartment community. Alta Belmont boasts modern finishes, extra space, and lavish amenities – all just a few steps from the shopping, dining, and entertainment from The Shops at Belmont. The studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes are about 90% leased.

For more details and leasing information, visit the Alta Belmont website.

Village of Belmont single-family homes

The construction of 156 single-family homes is in full swing by developer David Weekley Homes. Part of Belmont, home buyers may choose from several thoughtfully-designed floor plans with stunning architectural elements and enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle in the Belmont community.

For more details, visit the David Weekley Homes website.