Jack Halpern named Smyrna, Ga.’s “Citizen of the Year”

Mayor Max Bacon (l) presents Jack Halpern (r) with the Smyrna Citizen of the Year award.

Mayor Max Bacon (l) presents Jack Halpern (r) with the Smyrna Citizen of the Year award.

After taking a leading role in transforming an area of Smyrna, Ga. with the new Belmont mixed-use development, Jack Halpern takes great pride in giving residents “a sense of identity and a connection to others,” he says.

And Smyrna recently said “thank you” to Jack, the Chairman of Halpern Enterprises, by naming him the 2015 Smyrna Citizen of the Year.

At the heart of the new Belmont development is Smyrna Elementary School, a state-of-the-art facility that now anchors a new community that will feature single-family homes, luxury apartments and retail. Halpern Enterprises played a key role in encouraging the Cobb County Board of Education to build a school on the site.

For his part, Jack credits Smyrna leaders with having the vision to work with Halpern Enterprises to transform a location that was once the site of the old Belmont Hills Shopping Center, at one time the largest center in the Southeast.

“Smyrna has been blessed with fiscally responsible, visionary leaders,” Jack says.

For more on the award, read Jack’s profile in the Cobb Business Journal.

In Atlanta, restaurants drive retail traffic more than ever

The tenant mix of Atlanta’s shopping centers is leaning more and more towards chef-driven and fast-casual restaurants, said participants at a recent Atlanta Retail Roundtable hosted by Shopping Center Business magazine.

Halpern's president, Bill Brown, participated in the Atlanta Retail Roundtable hosted by Shopping Center Business.

Halpern’s president, Bill Brown, participated in the Atlanta Retail Roundtable hosted by Shopping Center Business.

Bill Brown, president of Halpern Enterprises, participated on the panel along with more than 25 other retail real estate professionals in the Atlanta area. Comments from the roundtable were featured in the October issue of Shopping Center Business.

With more than 85 chef-driven restaurants planned in Atlanta, “restaurants are the new department stores,” said Michael Habif of Habif Properties.

In Halpern’s case, its new Smyrna center, The Shops at Belmont, will feature several restaurants including Creatwood Tavern, the latest dining concept by the owners of Whitehall Tavern, and Cielo Mexican Restaurant.

Besides seeking the ever-popular restaurants, Brown explained that grocery-anchored centers have shifted focus from soft good retailers (such as clothing stores) to service-related tenants (such as nail salons), due to changes in consumer demand.

Halpern family donates $10,000 to Doraville Police Department

Halpern family makes generous donation to city police department

by Robert Kelley, Doraville Insight

(L-R) Jack Halpern, Carolyn Halpern Oppenheimer, and Chief John King. photo credit: Robert Kelley

(L-R) Jack Halpern, Carolyn Halpern Oppenheimer, and Chief John King. Photo credit: Robert Kelley

Local businessman Jack Halpern and his sister, Carolyn Halpern Oppenheimer, were recently recognized at a city council meeting by Mayor Donna Pittman and Doraville Police Chief John King for a generous gift to the Doraville Police Department (DPD). Halpern and his sister made a $10,000 donation to the DPD in memory of their parents, Halpern Enterprises founder Bernard Halpern and his wife, Shirley.

Halpern Enterprises, based in Doraville, is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most experienced shopping center development and management companies.

Chief King noted that the donation was used to purchase two significant pieces of equipment for each officer. One was Officer Survival Packs, that every patrol officer will have in his or her patrol car.

These packs are compact and loaded with the following contents: 1-OSS Combat Compression Dressing; 2-Hemostatic Gauze Packs; 1-Swat-T Tactical Wrap Tourniquet; 2-Sterile 3 inch Gauze Rolls; 6-Sterile 4×4 Gauze Sponges; 1-12 ply 5×9 Sterile Trauma Pad; 1-3×9 Petrolatum Non Adherent Dressing; 1-Set of Rescue Shears; 1-1 inch Cloth Medical tape; and 2 pairs of Black OSS Nitrile Gloves.

This Rip Away Patrol Pack is a two-part Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (M.O.L.L.E.) system. The back-plate is designed to be affixed to any M.O.L.L.E. component with the pouch being affixed to the backplate with a Velcro backing. This is a tri-pouch compartment that will fit any blowout kit with extra room for additional squad support items or medical supplies.

The kit allows officers to provide immediate first aid on trauma victims awaiting medical assistance.

“Also purchased with the donation were top-of-the-line reflective vests that our officers can wear while they’re on the freeway, especially useful in meeting new Depart of Transportation requirements,” said Chief King. “The roads are pretty dangerous for our officers, especially at night, and the new vests should provide additional protection.

The donation was at the bequest of Shirley Halpern before her recent passing. “This was such a gracious thing for her to do, to think of our police department,” said Mayor Pittman. “She loved the police department and this equipment will be much used and appreciated.”

Reprinted with permission of the Doraville Insight (Vol. 2, Issue 2, Spring 2015).

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.