Two new tenants coming to The Shops at Belmont

Two more retail tenants have signed leases at Halpern’s Belmont development in the Atlanta suburb of Smyrna:

  • Cielo Mexican Grill & Cantina, a popular Atlanta-area Mexican restaurant, has leased a 4,000-square-foot space. This will be the second location for the Cielo concept. The company also runs La Bamba Mexican Bar & Grill, a chain of seven Atlanta-area Mexican restaurants.
  • Parisian Nails and Spa will open its third location at Belmont, a 3,500-square-foot day spa offering manicures, pedicures, massages, waxing services and laser hair removal procedures.

The new tenants join Whitehall Tavern as announced tenants for the new retail center, which is set to open its first phase later this year.

For more information about The Shops at Belmont, visit www.shopsatbelmont.com.

 

Having solid local relationships pays off when issues come up

An example of working closely with a municipality is shown here, as Halpern property manager Brad Oppenheimer (second from left) was in a group of Covington, Ga. and state officials that discussed creating a Community Improvement District in Covington. Others in the photo, left to right: Covington utilities director Tim Morris, Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Covington business owner Scott Knight; Covington city manager Lee Anne Knight; State Sen. Ronald Ramsey Sr., and Covington city councilwoman Hawnethia Williams.

An example of working closely with a municipality is shown here, as Halpern property manager Brad Oppenheimer (second from left) was in a group of Covington, Ga. and state officials that discussed creating a Community Improvement District in Covington. Others in the photo, left to right: Covington utilities director Tim Morris, Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Covington business owner Scott Knight; Covington city manager Lee Anne Knight; State Sen. Ronald Ramsey Sr., and Covington city councilwoman Hawnethia Williams.

Developing and operating shopping centers often requires working closely with local municipalities. Halpern Enterprises finds that investing in property must extend further than the real estate – it also requires investing time into establishing relationships in surrounding communities.

“We often face challenges when we are helping tenants open a new business and have found that strong personal relationships with professionals within the local government may help facilitate the process,” said Brad Oppenheimer, a Halpern property manager.

This comes into play both in larger cities and in smaller towns where Halpern owns and operates retail centers. In smaller towns, meeting the key people can be a bit simpler, of course.

“In a town like Covington, Georgia, where the government employees and Chamber of Commerce staff are welcoming and extremely helpful, making connections may be much easier than in cities with larger and more complicated networks like, for instance, the City of Atlanta,” he said.

For developers and managers looking to grow their network, Oppenheimer suggests getting to know one official who can then introduce you to colleagues. The key is to form the relationship before an issue comes up. You don’t want the first call to an official to be one where you need help right away.

“We see this approach work well in towns like Doraville, where we can quickly receive feedback, then deliver quick answers to our tenants,” Oppenheimer said. “And that makes a remarkable difference in keeping tenants happy.”

 

Halpern President Bill Brown to speak at Bisnow Retail Summit

Bill-Brown-Bisnow-featured-speakerHalpern Enterprises President Bill Brown is a featured speaker at Bisnow’s 5th Annual Atlanta Retail Real Estate Summit on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Bisnow, Brown, and other leaders of the commercial real estate community will discuss the state of Atlanta retail.

Bill Brown joins Bisnow’s lineup of expert panelists, who will break down current trends and what retail tenants are looking for, in addition to new development and investment activity. The event will be moderated by Lori Kilberg, Partner at Hartman Simons.

For more information or tickets, please visit Bisnow.

National-level retail real estate professional joins Halpern Enterprises to grow build-to-suit development division

National-level retail real estate professional joins Halpern Enterprises to grow build-to-suit development division

Marc Kirchhoff has worked with national retailers in over 30 states

ATLANTA, Ga. (Mar. 9, 2015) – Marc Kirchhoff, CCIM, a leading retail development expert, has joined Halpern Enterprises as Vice President.

Kirchhoff will spearhead Halpern’s build-to-suit retail development program, finding and developing locations for national tenants in the Southeast. He brings extensive retail real estate expertise to the company, having worked on projects in over 30 states on behalf of more than 50 national chains.

During his 19 years at Maly Commercial Realty in Columbia, Missouri, Kirchhoff was responsible for site selection, retail development and project management.  In particular, he started the Lowe’s Peripheral Land Program and was the National Broker for 10 years, assisting retailers and restaurants in creating the right fit for developments in 34 states.

At Halpern, Kirchhoff and the development team will be responsible for taking projects from start to finish – from site acquisition to leasing to construction – for national retailers. The company has been expanding its development capabilities for several years, and Kirchhoff will lead the build-to-suit effort.

“We see a major opportunity for growth in retail development for Halpern, and Marc’s experience is perfect for leading these efforts,” said Bill Brown, President of Halpern Enterprises. “Every project is different in terms of matching needs with locations, and that’s why Marc’s extensive experience in working with major retailers is so important.”

Kirchhoff graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in real estate and finance. He is a CCIM, a member of ICSC and the Developers Forum.

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.

Whitehall Tavern plans location in new Belmont development

Whitehall Tavern plans location in new Belmont development

Neighborhood restaurant/bar to expand from its Buckhead location to Smyrna

SMYRNA, Ga. (February 25, 2015) – Whitehall Tavern, the popular Buckhead restaurant and sports tavern, has signed a lease to open a location in the new mixed-use Belmont development. Opening is scheduled for early 2016.

Whitehall Tavern will be the first restaurant in the Smyrna area with a rooftop patio, something Whitehall co-owners Bret Bauer and Steve Shamatta believe will be a major draw.

The 5,200-square-foot interior space of the tavern will have a 1,200-square-foot rooftop patio, which will be available for private events, and an 1,100-square-foot ground-level patio. The décor will have a more modern feel than the current location in Peachtree Battle Shopping Center on Peachtree Road, which features more than 40 televisions and over 100 varieties of local craft beer.

“Whitehall Tavern is an excellent fit for Belmont, providing a great place for people in the neighborhood to eat, drink and get together,” said John Brozovic, Regional Director of Leasing with Halpern Enterprises. “We’re seeing a high level of interest in Belmont’s retail space, tied to its excellent location in the vibrant Smyrna community.”

Belmont is in the heart of Smyrna, three miles from I-285 and the site of SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves’ new stadium.

“Young families are flocking to Smyrna,” said Whitehall’s Shamatta, who lives three minutes from Belmont. Added Bauer: “Belmont will be like a community within a community, with a high level of walkability for residents of the adjoining neighborhoods.”

Jim Simpson, Adam Simpson and Allen Brown of Lee and Associates represented Whitehall’s Bauer and Shamatta in the leasing transaction. Design and architecture will be handled by ai3.

About Belmont

Belmont is a 48-acre mixed-use development built by Halpern Enterprises, including a 47,593-square-foot neighborhood retail center 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 by Wood Partners (Alta Station at Belmont). The site is already the location of Smyrna Elementary School, which has more than 900 students.

For more information about The Shops at Belmont, visit www.shopsatbelmont.com.

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.