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 www.lee-associates.com.

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.

Hartman Announces a $25,000 Scholarship Program for Employees’ Families

September 21, 2020 (HOUSTON) – Houston based commercial real estate firm Hartman Income REIT Management, Inc. (Hartman) announces The Hartman Scholarship Program for Undergraduate Students. Hartman continues its commitment to the personal development of its employees and their families by making this announcement only weeks following the company’s employee profit sharing announcement. The Hartman Scholarship Program is eligible to all dependents of full-time Hartman employees pursuing an undergraduate degree in specific fields of study at an accredited Texas college or university. Also, Hartman announced it would make the program eligible to approved dependents in specialty K-12 programs. “The growth and development of our people is truly the highest calling of leadership.” States Al Hartman, President and CEO of Hartman, “We are blessed and truly excited to allocate benevolence fund contributions not only to our employees but to their families as well.” The program is an addition to the company’s Benevolence Fund, which was established in 2016 as a way for employees to rally together and extend aid to other employees in need. The fund provides financial aid to employees with sickness and no PTO, hospital or medical-related bills, death in the immediate family, or housing and transportation emergencies. The Benevolence Fund Committee which is made up of five fellow employees and executives at Hartman, approved the allocation of $25,000 to the fund each year to award scholarships of up to $5,000 annually to each applicant. Upon learning of the newly established Hartman Scholarship Program, Marina Cuellar, a Property Manager for multiple Hartman properties in the Dallas Metroplex proudly shared “I am grateful to work for a company that doesn’t just care about their employees but cares about our families and children as well!” Melissa Arnold, who joined the company earlier this year as a Property Manager for several of the company’s properties in North Houston, stated, “I love the fact Hartman is involved in this type of giving. I have never seen it with any other company I have worked for!” Candidates must have a minimum of 3.20 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale and are required to maintain it through their participation in the Scholarship Program. Selected scholarship recipients will be notified of his or her status by November 15th for the spring semester and July 1st for the fall semester following his or her application. Recipients can renew their scholarship contingent upon maintaining the scholarship qualifications. The addition of The Hartman Scholarship Program to the Benevolence Fund is Hartman’s latest initiative to support employees and their families. Previous Benevolence Fund initiatives have also included situations such as major surgeries, funerals, car repairs, and legal fees.

About Hartman

Hartman is a premier property management company in the Houston, Dallas and San Antonio markets. Hartman has owned and operated commercial office properties since 1983, offering premium office space at attractive rates. With more than 37 years of commercial leasing expertise in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas, Hartman knows exactly what their customers require. For more information, visit www.hi-reit.com.

NAI Partners Brokers Lease for Wells Fargo Bank at Shoppes at Kingsgate

NAI Partners recently arranged a 2,710-square-foot retail lease for Wells Fargo Bank at Shoppes at Kingsgate in Houston, Texas. NAI Partners’ Laura Diggs and Shaffer Braun represented the landlord in the transaction. Rod Scarborough of Rod Scarborough Properties represented the tenant.