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Press Release: Franklin Street Secures 136K SF Industrial Lease with New-to-Market Manufacturer in Central Florida
Winslow, Maine-based ALCOM, LLC will open a trailer manufacturing facility in Deland
ORLANDO, FL -- Franklin Street has arranged a 136,000-square-foot, full-building warehouse lease in Deland, Florida, with trailer manufacturing company ALCOM, LLC. The lease marks the Winslow, Maine-based tenant’s entrance to the Florida market, with potential to create dozens of jobs in Central Florida. Franklin Street’s Industrial team negotiated the lease on behalf of the landlord, a private owner.
At 2526 W. New York Ave. in Deland, Volusia County, ALCOM, LLC’s new facility is approximately 40 miles north of Orlando and enjoys connectivity throughout Central Florida via State Road 44, I-75, I-95, Florida’s Turnpike and I-4. The facility features 24-foot clear height, 3,600 square feet of office space, 21 dock doors and upgraded electricity and lighting. Previously occupied by a cabinet manufacturer, the property is currently being renovated to accommodate ALCOM, LLC’s trailer manufacturing needs.
Press Release: Fresh Kitchen Mural Project Invites Community to ‘Paint Your Heart Out’ for a Good Cause this Valentine’s Day
On Feb. 14, Fresh Kitchen Westshore guests will be able to contribute to a new mural in support of local nonprofit Community Tampa Bay
TAMPA, FL — Showing some love for the Tampa Bay community this Valentine’s Day, Fresh Kitchen (FK) is inviting guests to participate in a new mural at its Westshore location, 4616 W Kennedy Blvd.
From 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, guests can paint a heart on the mural for a $10 donation to Community Tampa Bay, a local nonprofit focused on ending discrimination, and creating positive change and in our communities through dialogue. Fresh Kitchen will match all donations dollar for dollar, and all participants will receive a certificate for a free “Six Bowl” meal (two bases, two veggies, two proteins, one sauce), which can be used that day or during a future visit.
When complete, the heart-filled mural will serve as a larger-than-life reminder that “love is the answer” to building a better, and more inclusive and unified community.
The chef-inspired, build-your-own bowl concept has been quickly expanding throughout Florida and will now have four locations in the greater Tampa Bay market
TAMPA, FL (February 2, 2021) -- Fresh Kitchen (FK), the popular quick service build-your-own-bowl concept will open its 10th location this March in New Tampa. The north Hillsborough County location will serve fresh, clean, high-quality meals that are made from scratch and 100% gluten-free to University of South Florida students and the surrounding communities.
Ciccio Restaurant Group (CRG), the parent company of Fresh Kitchen, reimagined fast food when they opened their first FK restaurant to overwhelming success in Tampa’s SoHo district in 2014. The growing concept now has locations in Tampa’s Westshore District, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Boca Raton, Davie, Downtown Orlando, East Orlando / Waterford Lakes and Lake Mary.
“Our mission has always been to make healthy eating convenient and accessible, in an environment that feels fun and welcoming. Making a positive impact in the communities is also at the core of what we hope to do -- whether it’s through giving back to causes that we find meaningful, providing our people opportunities to be a partner in the business, or just being the place where everyone feels welcome,” FK Brand President Steven Lanza said. “Over the past seven years, FK has truly turned into something so special. Having started this journey in Tampa, it feels really special to be opening our 10th location in our very own backyard. We can’t wait to feed all of the USF students and residents in the surrounding communities.”
Press Release: Cushman & Wakefield Represents Prologis in 28,992 SF Lease at Class A Industrial Park in Broward County
The C&W team is also marketing two new buildings within the property, named Prologis Seneca Park, for pre-lease
BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Cushman & Wakefield has negotiated a 28,992-square-foot industrial lease with a private South Florida-based manufacturer at Prologis Seneca Park in Pembroke Park. Prologis worked to accommodate the tenant’s expansion needs by relocating the company to a larger space within the same business park, located at 2500 Commerce Center Way, marking a 12,000-square-foot expansion.
The Cushman & Wakefield South Florida Industrial Team of Executive Director Chris Metzger, Executive Director Rick Etner, Executive Director Christopher Thomson, Director Matthew McAllister and Managing Principal Gian Rodriguez leases the Class A industrial park for Prologis and arranged the recent transaction in conjunction with Prologis’ Jonathan Guffey. The 2500 building has approximately 140,000 square feet remaining available for lease.
“Prologis continually works with their existing customers to provide expansion options within the Prologis family of buildings,” said Metzger. “This move was a great opportunity for a growing local company to expand yet maintain their ideal location in Southern Broward County”.
Press Release: Cushman & Wakefield Represents Elion Partners in $11.65M Pompano Beach Warehouse Acquisition
Elion Partners Also Awarded Cushman & Wakefield the Leasing Assignment for the 94KSF Industrial Property
POMPANO BEACH, FL – Cushman & Wakefield has represented Elion Partners in acquiring a 93,873-square-foot warehouse asset in South Florida’s Pompano Beach for $11.65 million. The property is fully vacant and available for immediate occupancy.
The Cushman & Wakefield South Florida Industrial Team of Executive Director Rick Etner, Executive Director Chris Metzger,Executive Director Christopher Thomson and Director Matt McAllister represented Elion Partners, a national real estate investment firm focused on industrial assets, in acquiring the property from Bennett Automotive. Elion Partners has also awarded the Cushman & Wakefield team with the leasing assignment for the property, which can be leased to a single tenant or divided.
Press Release: Ciccio Restaurant Group’s On The Fly Food Hall to Officially Open with Addition of Taco Dirty on Nov. 16
Featuring a wide variety of healthy, customizable options, On the Fly allows diners to order from multiple CRG concepts at one time, in one place – both in-person and online
St. Petersburg, FL (October 28, 2020) -- Ciccio Restaurant Group (CRG), one of Tampa Bay’s largest independent hospitality groups, is pleased to announce that its first food hall, On The Fly, will officially open on Nov. 16 with the addition of Taco Dirty. Already beloved in Tampa’s SoHo district, Taco Dirty joins local favorites Better Byrd, Sweet Soul and Fresh Kitchen all in one convenient location on St. Pete’s Fourth Street.
On The Fly guests will have access to a wide variety of tasty, healthy, customizable options to satisfy any lifestyle and craving, both in person at 4447 Fourth St. N. and online. Diners can easily place delivery orders for Taco Dirty, Better Byrd and Sweet Soul on the same ticket from Uber Eats, Door Dash, Grubhub and Postmates, as well as for pick up via On The Fly’s website.
“On The Fly is not only CRG’s first food hall, but one of the only concepts in Tampa Bay / St. Pete that allows you to order from multiple restaurants online at one time,” said CRG Founder James Lanza. “The way people experience food has been continuously changing since the pandemic began, and we wanted to offer people the option to enjoy fresh, healthy, reasonably priced food however they are most comfortable. Whether you experience OTF in-person or from the comfort of your own home, we are hoping to appeal to our guests’ diverse tastes.”
Editor's Note: Killette Communications worked with Franklin Street to write a bylined guest column on the Orlando retail market for Southeast Real Estate Business. See an excerpt below.
For the Orlando retail market, which relies heavily on Central Florida’s $75 billion tourism industry, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been twofold. Not only has the local consumer base begun relying more heavily on online shopping and home-cooked meals, but the number of out-of-state and international visitors who typically travel to Central Florida for its renowned theme parks and attractions has plummeted.
Statewide, Florida’s tourism industry suffered an estimated 60.5 percent drop in visitors during the year’s second quarter, with international travel down more than 90 percent, according to Visit Florida.
Submarkets built around Walt Disney World, the Orange County Convention Center and Universal Orlando, such as International Drive, the U.S. Highway 192 Corridor and Celebration, have taken an especially hard hit. Many restaurants designed around a sit-down experience will not recover. Although creative solutions are in action, sidewalk seating and ghost kitchens can only generate so much revenue to recover restaurants’ already razor-thin margins.
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The 89KSF, full-building lease is Tampa Bay’s largest office deal of the last several years
TAMPA, FL (October 6, 2020) – Heritage Insurance, one of largest homeowners insurance companies in the U.S., has announced it will relocate its corporate headquarters to Tampa’s Westshore City Center. The publicly traded company will fully occupy an 88,643-square-foot building at the Westshore Business District office park, which is currently undergoing a $10 million renovation project.
Tampa-based Ally Capital Group acquired Westshore City Center in early 2019 and selected Franklin Street to oversee leasing and management for the property. Franklin Street Director Matt Alexander and Managing Director Chad Rupp arranged the 10-year lease at 1401 N. Westshore Blvd.
Heritage Insurance, currently headquartered in Clearwater, specializes in homeowners insurance in 16 states and is the 20th largest homeowners insurer in the U.S. Founded in 2012, Heritage has quickly become one of the fastest-growing insurance companies in the country, with over $1 billion in gross written premiums and over 500 employees.
Killette Communications client Silvestri Law, P.A. was recently featured in St. Pete Catalyst's "Influencer" series. Check out an excerpt from President Larry Silvestri's profile below:
Larry Silvestri founded Silvestri Law, a commercial real estate law firm, in 2015. He specializes in retail and shopping centers, but works in pretty much all asset types. He has represented many local businesses in St. Pete in their leases, including the new CellarMasters Wine Bar and Bottle Shop in the Edge District, The Spice & Tea Exchange at the Sundial, Smile & Cream coming to the new Artistry apartment building in Grand Central, and several clients in the Skyway Marina District.
Press Release: Ericka Witkowski Launches Witko Group, a Technology-Based Commercial Real Estate Firm in South Florida
Miami Firm will Represent Office Owners, Landlords and Tenants Throughout the Market
MIAMI – Ericka Witkowski has launched her own commercial real estate firm after leaving Cushman & Wakefield’s South Florida Office. Her new company, Witko Group, focuses on representing owners, landlords and tenants throughout South Florida.
To her position as Founder and Principal, Witkowski brings comprehensive experience from previous positions with several top brokerage firms, as well as a solutions-based, technology-forward approach to help clients succeed in the era of COVID-19.
Witkowski most recently served as Director of Office Leasing with Cushman & Wakefield in Miami, where she represented some of the market’s most notable owners and investors, including Market Street Real Estate Partners, East End Capital, Related Group and Banyan Street Capital. During her time at Cushman & Wakefield, she played a critical role in the completion of sales and leases totaling $186.5 million in transaction value and over 435,000 square feet of space.