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Blick Art Materials Among Retailers Opening Outposts in DoBro

Illinois-based Blick Art Materials has inked a 7,700-square-foot deal at 41 Flatbush Avenue, also known as the Pioneer Building, in Downtown Brooklyn, Commercial Observer has learned.

The company, a third-generation store that sells a wide variety of art supplies, will occupy a 1,400-square-foot part of the ground floor and 6,300 square feet on the lower level of the building between Livingston Street and Lafayette Avenue, according to information provided by CPEX Real Estate. The asking rent for the ground-floor section was $125 per square foot, and the deal is for 10 years.

Blick currently operates more than 65 retail stores in 25 states around the country. The company has six locations in the Big Apple, including one soon-to-be opened outpost in Harlem at 261 West 125th Street between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevards. The new store in Downtown Brooklyn will be the second in Brooklyn. The first Kings County location is at 536 Myrtle Avenue between Grand Avenue and Steuben Street in the Clinton Hill section of the borough.

CPEX’s Ryan Condren and George Danut handled the deal for the landlords, Quinlan Development Group and Building and Land Technology. Winick Realty Group’s Joshua Siegelman brokered the deal for the tenant. Siegelman declined to comment via a spokeswoman.

In addition to Blick, there were three smaller-sized retail transactions at the building, which recently underwent a $30 million gut renovation, with designs by Beyer Blinder Belle, as CO previously reported. Each of the tenants are expected to move in by the end of the year. Their asking rents were $125 per square foot and the leases are all for 10 years.

Smoothie King, which makes fruit and vegetable drinks for more than 800 locations around the globe, will take part of the ground floor in a 1,200-square-foot transaction for 10 years. This will be its third location in New York City. Nick Masson of Schuckman Realty handled the deal for Smoothie King.

Coffee Project New York, a coffee shop, completed a 10-year, 1,000-square-foot lease on the ground floor for its first location in Brooklyn. Alexander Karas of Winick represented the tenant.

And the United Parcel Service (UPS) took an 800-square-foot ground floor space for The UPS Store. Hudson’s Nicole Liebman represented UPS in the 10-year transaction.

“We are happy with this mix and caliber of tenants for the Pioneer Building,” Tyler Wilkins, a partner at Quinlan Development Group, said in a statement. “This lineup will provide a good set of amenities to the office residents upstairs and the neighborhood.”

There is still 12,000 square feet of retail space available at the building, which is being marketed exclusively by CPEX. The brokerage is targeting gourmet markets, cafés, fitness centers, restaurants and gastro pubs. Asking rent for the remaining available space ranges from $80 per square foot to $140 per square foot.

“The secured tenants form a solid foundation for the overall activity at the base of the Pioneer Building,” Danut said in a prepared statement.

Digital media and podcast production company Gimlet Media signed a nearly 27,000-square-foot lease at the building to be the first office tenant, as CO reported in June.

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The 10 biggest retail leases of September

The retail leasing summer slowdown in New York City has continued into the fall.

The 10 biggest retail lease deals made public last month totaled 157,392 square feet, down 27,761 square feet from last month’s total of 185,153 square feet. The largest retail lease in September was for an entertainment space in Times Square.

9) Muses 35 Bar, 248 West 35th Street, Midtown South – 8,000 square feet

The karaoke bar signed a lease for 8,000 square feet of retail space at 248 West 35th Street. Richard Smith of Winick Realty Group represented the tenant. Albert Manopla of Kassin Sabbagh Realty represented the landlord, 248 West 35th Street LLC.

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10 New York Names to Watch

A Single-Sector Expert Diversifies

Founded in 1982 as the second-ever commercial leasing firm solely focused on retail, Winick Realty Group has branched out from leasing— and retail—for the first time. In July, Winick said it had hired David Workman, formerly executive managing director of Savitt Partners, to lead a team that will handle investment sales, office leasing, 1031 exchanges, land sales and a host of other commercial real estate services on a local, national and international basis. Company founder Jeff Winick has been “diversifying the service lines, and they have a stellar reputation in retail,” Workman says. The company is “leveraging amazing relationships” that it has established with clients for which it has done numerous multiple deals. “They really know their stuff. Their platform is about detail orientation: knowing your product, knowing your market and knowing how to put them together.” One result of the relationships that the Winick Realty team has cultivated is the number of off market transactions Workman and his team have handled, whether through assignments brought to them by clients or solutions the team has devised. Workman also cites the analytics and data efforts spearhead by EVP Kenneth Hochhauser as a factor in expanding the 35-year-old firm’s existing service lines.

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For the Record

Chelsea Piers inked a deal for 52,000 square feet at 33 Bond St. The 22-year-old entertainment and sports firm plans to open a gym in the Downtown Brooklyn building. The average asking rent for the ground-floor space was $100 per square foot. The landlord, TFC, was represented in-house along with a team from Winick Realty group. The tenant was represented in-house.

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Manhattan Pop-Up Shops Might Be Here to Stay

These days, with the softening real estate industry in Manhattan, stable long-term retail tenants are a scarcity. To compensate, the real estate industry is adapting to short-term tenancies, named licensing deals. Licensing deals allow tenants to use a space rather than own it for a specified time period. The method is being used to rent to pop-up shops in the city. A pop-up tenancy can last from a day up to a year. Both landlord and tenant can benefit because it avoids lengthy legal processes, and bypasses the usual 80- to 100-page lease for a curt version.

It appeals to tenants because it allows them to test the market before tying themselves down and committing for the long run. The owner makes money on the property while it remains on the market for a long-term lease. The tenant gets visibility in the prestigious New York market with very limited risk. The landlord benefits in averting an empty store front, and as a bonus many pop-ups come with celebrity back-up, such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kanye West, which help endorse the properties.

As per The Real Deal, pop-ups were traditionally seen as short term improvising that landlords and brokers used while waiting for permanent tenants. But some experts say these transactions will become increasingly sought after, as building owners struggle to minimize vacancies in the ongoing battle between brick-and-mortar stores and e-commerce. Currently, less than 15 percent of all retail sales in the U.S. are made online. By 2025, however, it is estimated that one out of every four purchases will be made online, as per a November 2016 report from FTI Consulting. These odds create a daunting reality in which retail stores are increasingly guarded when it comes to signing long term leases.

“Things change so drastically these days, it’s harder for retailers to consider a long-term deal,” says Kelly Gedinsky, Winick Realty Group broker. “Unlike five years ago, landlords are more open to pop-ups because so many [potential tenants] are coming to them and their brokers saying, ‘Look, we want to test this market for a year. If it works, we’d be happy to look into a longer-term deal.’”

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s office counted 200 vacant store fronts along Broadway this June. She places the blame on high rents, and e-commerce augmented by Manhattan’s pricey commercial rent tax. Between 2010 and 2014, average asking rents in 16 Manhattan strips, as tracked by CBRE, jumped 89.1 percent. It is “an unsustainable situation for some tenants as rents surpassed what their sales growth could support,” says the brokerage firm. Manhattan vacancies have been on the rise since, from a low of 2.5 percent in 2012, to 3.7 percent in 2016, and now 4.2 percent in the first quarter of 2017, according to Okada & Company.

A San Francisco-based website entitled Storefront, lists vacant storefronts allowing potential pop-ups to browse through available spots on a map, by price and square footage, similar to Airbnb or StreetEasy. The site charges a 20 percent fee, and a company rep walks a renter through the process. “We don’t see ourselves as a competitor to the traditional retail market … We just see that space is space,” said Joy Fan, Storefront’s national director. “Vacancies are unfortunate, but the shift needs to happen, so we’re really architecting the next layer of retail for the future.”

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Real Estate Weekly

Juice Generation opening at 10 Astor Place

Newmark Holdings announced that &pizza and Juice Generation have taken space at 740 Broadway and 10 Astor Place, respectively.

&pizza, a popular Washington, D.C.-based brand, has leased a 1,500 s/f store at 740 Broadway, a 12-story, Noho building.

Juice Generation juice bar signed an 850 s/f lease at neighboring 10 Astor Place, a seven-story mixed-use building.

Donna Vogel of Newmark Holdings and Ross Kaplan of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Retail represented the ownership in the deals with &pizza and Juice Generation. Michael Cohen from RKF acted on behalf of &pizza and Steve Baker of Winick Realty Group represented Juice Generation.

“We are excited for &pizza and Juice Generation to join the mix of health and wellness tenants at 740 Broadway and 10 Astor, respectively,” said Vogel.

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