Winter Storm Pushes Texas Hotel Occupancy Gains

Texans displaced by freezing temperatures and outages pushed the state’s occupancy to a 50-week high, according to an analysis by STR. During the week of 14-20 February, Texas hotel occupancy reached 56.3%. That 50-week high in the metric contributed 0.9 percentage points of the 3-point gain in overall U.S. occupancy (48.1%) for the week. Texas’ occupancy level grew 9.4 percentage points over the previous week, which is the largest week-over-week occupancy increase for the state in the last year. Average daily rate (ADR) rose 5.8% week over week, which was Texas’ largest gain in the metric since the week of New Year’s. “Texas hotels are no stranger to housing displaced guests during a pandemic,” said Isaac Collazo, STR’s VP of analytics. “Similar to what we saw with Hurricane Laura, there was increased hotel demand for most markets because there wasn’t a great deal of business to lose ahead of the storm. We would have likely seen higher hotel performance across the state had hotels not experienced similar power and water loss as homes, in addition to the limited number of rooms available in some hotels due to reduced staffing as a result of the pandemic.” Click to read more at

Phase 1 of Woodforest Professional Plaza Now Complete; First Three Tenants Have Signed Leases

Montgomery, Texas (January 21, 2021) Construction is now complete on phase one of the new Woodforest Professional Plaza in Montgomery, Texas, located at 750 Fish Creek Thoroughfare. Woodforest Professional Plaza will be comprised of three buildings totaling 100,000 square feet of professional office and medical space. Phase one – Woodforest Medical Plaza 1 – is a 50,481-square-foot, two-story medical and professional office building situated on more than four acres of land. The building was developed by CMK Properties, LLC. According to the leasing team of Lisa Hughes and Pamela Sprouse of The J. Beard Real Estate Company, leasing is off to a strong start as three tenants have been signed. Anchor tenant Sterling Ridge Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine will occupy the first floor of the building by February 2021. Two other tenants, Revive Aesthetics and Regenerative Medicine and Alliance MRI Woodforest, are in the process of building out their space and will open soon. Phase two will be a 10,000 square foot build-to-suit building and phase three will be a 42,000 square foot medical and professional office building. The J. Beard Real Estate Company, LP, headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, is one of the largest full-service commercial real estate firms in the Greater Houston area. Services offered encompass leasing, brokerage, property sales & disposition, buyer & site acquisition, landlord/tenant representation services, commercial property management, and development & consulting services. To learn more about The J. Beard Real Estate Company, visit

Three Things to Know About the State of the Houston Industrial Real Estate Sector

This past year, industries across Houston and beyond have been significantly impacted. With the COVID-19 pandemic and the election, the uncertainty of the future created hesitation for many to move forward with business, while others found new opportunities for growth and expansion. While all sectors of the commercial real estate industry were affected, today we explore the state of the industrial sector as we head towards the end of the year. Houston, We Need More Space. One of the biggest shifts we have seen during COVID-19 has been the need for larger warehouse spaces in order to meet the immediate needs of the consumer. Since many customers and businesses switched to e-commerce during the pandemic, the demand for space has increased. As a result, one of the trends we are seeing is an increase in space capacity caused by the demand from national retailers and e-commerce giants like Amazon. Developers and landlords are now having to deliver additional features and amenities such as added trailer parking space, suitable loading docks and extra storage space to accommodate these tenant demands. It is a trend that the industry has been talking about for the last three years and it’s something we can expect to continue to see for the foreseeable future. Click to read more at

First Watch Coming to Grand at Aliana as NewQuest Starts Work on More Multi-tenant Space

NewQuest Properties will soon break ground on additional multi-tenant space in the Grand at Aliana after landing the award-winning First Watch as its newest tenant in the 56-acre regional development in Fort Bend County, Texas. The popular breakfast, brunch and lunch eatery has leased a 4,060-square-foot end cap in a soon-to-start 10,900-square-foot building. A second multi-tenant project, totaling 9,490 square feet, will begin to rise in early Q1. Both structures will be prominently positioned at the main entrance of the Grand at Aliana and front the Grand Parkway/TX 99. “The Grand at Aliana is one of the few large shopping centers that has delivered in 2020 in the region and has stores that are opening,” said Josh Friedlander, vice president of NewQuest Properties. He and David Meyers, leasing director, lease the project for the Houston-based development and brokerage firm. NewQuest will deliver the first multi-tenant building in May. Otwell Construction Inc. of Magnolia, Texas, is the general contractor. If all goes as planned, First Watch will open in September. The Grand at Aliana is First Watch’s 16th location in Greater Houston for franchisee Mac Haik Enterprises. Ron Marshall, president of Mac Haik Realty LLC, served as tenant representative in the negotiations. Opening in the past month were Burlington, Five Below and Petco. In early Q1, Michaels, Ross Dress for Less and Ulta will come online. At build-out, the Grand at Aliana will add nearly 400,000 square feet of class A retail and restaurant space to the Grand Parkway-West Airport Boulevard intersection. “First Watch is the first in its category to land at that intersection. The Aliana neighborhood has been asking for a wider selection of restaurants, which we are trying to provide,” Friedlander said. Aliana is one of Fort Bend County’s newest communities. It is master planned for 4,423 homes and its neighbor, Harvest Green, will have 2,626 at completion. NewQuest’s regional development’s trade area boasts 42,339 households with an average annual income of nearly $100,000. “The area as a whole is experiencing extraordinary growth,” Friedlander said. “As a result, our leasing activity is strong for inline space and pads. I have another dozen deals under negotiation.”

Houston-based Car Wash Expands in Bryan-College Station Market

Rapid Express Car Wash has snapped up an outparcel in a Walmart-anchored shopping center in Bryan, Texas as its 13th location in south-central Texas and third in the Bryan-College Station metropolitan market. The location is tentatively slated to open in summer 2021. The Houston-based car wash operator has purchased a 0.9-acre pad site at 1632 W. Villa Maria Road in the 652,522-square-foot Rudder’s Landing in Bryan from developer Crossfulton Investments Ltd. J.J. McDermott, vice president of Houston-based NewQuest Properties, represented the buyer, who is planning to break ground within 90 days. Jeremy Richmond of Oldham Goodwin Group LLC represented the seller. “We jumped at the opportunity to get a site in a Walmart-anchored center,” McDermott said. “This market, particularly Bryan, is underserved for car washes.” Shortly before the Rudder’s Landing site surfaced, Rapid Express Car Wash had closed on a development tract in nearby College Station. “He’s actively expanding and looking for sites,” McDermott said. The longtime operator’s property portfolio extends from Houston to Greater Austin. The Bryan-College Station market caught the owner’s eye about three years ago, with the first location resulting from the acquisition of an independently owned and operated car wash along William J. Bryan Parkway. The MSA’s population is slightly more than 273,000, with residential and retail development as strong catalysts for a local economy that’s held up throughout the 2020 pandemic. Its unemployment rate hovers 4 percent, which is lower than state and national averages. The chief driver is Texas A&M University, home of the Aggies, the largest student body in the nation.