Sunday, May 25, 2003

Retailers join new West Chester mall

Industry notes: Commercial real estate

By Ken Alltucker
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Streets of West Chester shopping center on Union Centre Boulevard has added shops and restaurants.

The "lifestyle center" being built off Interstate 75 will include retailers such as J. Jill, Chico's and Jos. A. Banks.

The three fashion retailers will beef up the retail mix of a center already loaded with restaurants and entertainment, according to David Kass, president of Columbus-based Continental Retail Development.

"The Streets of West Chester is now diverse with entertainment, dining and high-end retail as we promised from the beginning," Kass said.

Continental also recently signed leases with Panera Bread and Red Robin to join four other eateries that have committed to the shopping center - P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Champps Americana, Mitchell's Fish Market and Brio.

Continental said other tenants should be announced by the June 27 opening of Rave Motion Pictures' 18-screen theater.

Barnes & Noble, too, will open a store at the mall.

Training firm wants to stay downtown

It's common to pack up the boxes and shut the lights after being acquired by an out-of-town firm. But the opposite is true for Horn Interactive, a small, fast-growing Cincinnati technology training firm recently acquired by San Francisco-based DigitalThink Inc.

Horn Interactive, which provides computer training and education for large corporations, is hunting for a new office slightly larger than its 8,300-square-foot space at Centennial Plaza downtown. The firm's lease expires at the end of September, and it wants to keep its 50 employees downtown or at Centennial if building owners come up with a reasonable deal, according to Shelly Kohlmeier, Horn's business operations manager. Scott Abernethy of Colliers Turley Martin Tucker is representing Horn.

Quick Pak building new warehouse

Quick Pak signed a deal with developer Al Neyer Inc. to build a 90,000-square-foot warehouse next to its factory on Champion Way in Sharonville.

The contract packaging and design firm expects to move into its new facility by Aug. 15 in time to add staff for the holiday season. The expansion could create 100 new jobs over three years.

Ken Alltucker covers commercial real estate for the Enquirer. Call him at 768-8384, e-mail or fax 768-8340.

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