Organic Roots Grocery Store Opens at McKinley Crossroads in Corona, California

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April 29, 2020  •  Issue 418

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German Doner Kebab Plans to Open 350 Restaurants in US, with First Location Slated for American Dream Mall

German Doner Kebab specializes in doner kebab, which is a slow-cooked meat often served on a flatbread.

East Rutherford, N.J. — German Doner Kebab (GDK), a fast-casual restaurant chain, plans to open 350 restaurants in the United States over the next seven years. The first location will be within American Dream in East Rutherford.

The Glasgow, Scotland-based company specializes in doner kebab, which is a slow-cooked meat often served on a flatbread. GDK operates more than 70 locations in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Oman, and Bahrain. GDK also plans to open locations in Ireland and Saudi Arabia.

New York City-based JAACRES is representing GDK in finding American locations. Joseph Aquino of JAACRES said the company is seeking locations in malls, strip centers and central business districts. GDK plans to open later this year as part of the American Dream’s grand opening.

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Cushman & Wakefield Brokers $31.5 Million Sale of Shopping Center in Lawnside, New Jersey

Lawnside Commons
The Lawnide Commons shopping center is located at 310 White Horse Pike.

Lawnside, N.J. — Cushman & Wakefield has brokered the $31.5 million sale of Lawnside Commons, a 151,000-square-foot retail property in Lawnside, a southwestern suburb of Philadelphia.

Home Depot anchors the center, which is located at 310 White Horse Pike, and the tenant roster includes PetSmart, Wendy’s, T-Mobile and Mattress Firm. Andrew Merin, David Bernhaut and Gary Gabriel led a Cushman & Wakefield team that represented the undisclosed seller.

The team also procured the buyer, a joint venture between MCB Real Estate LLC and United Hampshire US REIT.

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Organic Roots Grocery Store Opens at McKinley Crossroads in Corona, California

Organic Roots
Organic Roots has opened its second location at McKinley Crossroads in Corona, California.

Corona, Calif. — Organic Roots, a family-owned organic and natural food store, has opened a its location at McKinley Crossroads. ShopOne Centers REIT owns the property, located in Corona.

This is the retailer’s second store, joining its existing location in Temecula. Organic Roots offers local, organic products, all-natural foods, health and body care products, and supplements.

Additionally, the store features a wide selection of foods for specialized diets, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, low sugar, paleo and keto.

Organic Roots will be open to seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will offer senior citizen shopping hours and curbside pickup for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.

Uber Capital Arranges $11 Million Acquisition Loan for Shopping Center in Logan, West Virginia

Fountain Place
Fountain Place was built in 1997 at 1103 George Kostas Drive, four miles west of downtown Logan, West Virginia.

Logan, W.Va. — Uber Capital Group has arranged an $11 million acquisition loan for Fountain Place Shopping Center, a 226,096-square-foot retail property in Logan.

The five-year loan features a fixed 4.5 percent interest rate and a 20-year amortization schedule. Fountain Place was built in 1997 at 1103 George Kostas Drive, four miles west of downtown Logan.

At the time of sale, the property was leased to tenants including anchors Lowe’s Home Improvement and Walmart Supercenter, as well as Rue 21, Burkes Outlet, Shoe Show Mega Store, Dollar Tree, Southern West Virginia Health System, Appalachian Regional Healthcare and McCoy Dental. A regional lender based in Virginia provided the loan to the undisclosed borrower, a private investor based in New York.

Longtime Atlanta Restaurant Broker Harold Schumacher Dies at Age 72

Atlanta — Harold Schumacher, founder of The Schumacher Group in Atlanta, died Saturday at the age of 72.

Schumacher attended Michigan State University and moved to Atlanta as a public school teacher in the 1970s. He worked part-time as a restaurant critic for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Schumacher worked at The Shopping Center Group, now known as TSCG, as a broker for four years before founding The Schumacher Group in 1991. Some of Schumacher’s major clients include Verizon Wireless, Bruster’s, Metrotainment Cafes (Hudson Grill and Garrison’s), Varasano’s Pizza and Golden Corral.

The firm also is part of the Retail Brokers Network, a national consortium of independent retail and restaurant pros.

“Harold was a long-time friend and supporter of Shopping Center Business and a friend to many in the industry,” says Randall Shearin, Editor of Shopping Center Business. “At least once a year, we met for breakfast or went to a Braves game and discussed the Atlanta restaurant scene; he did this with many people in the industry and a number of reporters in Atlanta. His knowledge of the market was unparalleled, and as a former journalist, he knew what made a great story. His friendship will be missed by many in the industry.”

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