PRESS RELEASE PICK-UPS: 951 Yamato / PBC’s Largest Transaction of 2018

Several media organizations have picked up our Press Release on the TherapeuticsMD lease transaction at our 951 Yamato property in Boca Raton. The deal is the largest lease transaction in Palm Beach County for this year.

CoStar Group – View PDF | View Article

South Florida Business Journal – View PDF | View Article

Sun Sentinel – View PDF | View Article

CRE-Sources – View PDF | View Article

Boca Chamber – View PDF | View Article

Chamber of Commerce Palm Beaches – View PDF | View Article

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EVENT: Heroes for Education 5K

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman is happy to be a sponsor of the fifth annual Heroes for Education 5k Run/Walk that took place on November 3rd at Bryant Park in Lake Worth.

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is a great non-profit organization that partners with the School District of Palm Beach County to fund over $1.5 million in programs that the schools could not otherwise afford. These include providing high-risk students with Graduation Coaches, training for Financial Literacy and the establishment of the Red Apple Supply Store.

Our REAL Leaders had a great morning at the beautiful course that bordered along the Intracoastal. Enjoy some photos below and click here to see how you can be a hero for education!

 

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5 Steps to Designing Retail Space with Experiences in Mind

As the retail industry continues to evolve, it’s important for retailers to continue to offer more than just a product. Consumers are looking for true experiences when they go shopping and having this level of engagement can set your retail space apart from competitors.

Here are five steps to designing retail space with experiences in mind whether you are a seasoned retailer looking to revamp your space or a new retailer entering the market.

1. Associates Should Transition from Salesperson to Expert

Retailers who want to stay competitive need to ensure that they are training their employees to become more than a salesperson and transition into an expert guide to the service or product. You need to have a retail space that is designed to accommodate your employees and help them relate better to shoppers. They need to relate to consumers in a memorable way and blur the lines between employee and customer.

2. Offer a Hands-On Experience

Make the retail space truly interactive by allowing your consumers and shoppers to use the product in the store. Try to determine how best to showcase your product in unique and different ways that offer a true experience. This goes along with having associates who are true experts on the product and can offer guidance when consumers are testing it out. If a consumer can truly experience the product before buying it, they are less likely to return it, which can help boost sales.

3. Bring Your Website In-Store

Enhance the brick-and-mortar experience by letting shoppers browse your online store while at your physical location. This can be a great value-add experience and can help drive traffic to your physical stores. This can be a great tool if you have multiple store locations or warehouses and don’t carry the same inventory in every store. Allowing customers to browse your e-commerce offerings in-store shows them products that you may not have on site. If they see something they’d like to purchase, one of your associates can place the order for them and ship it right to their doorstep.

4. Change the Checkout Experience

You would be surprised at how many people choose not to purchase an item based on how long the checkout line is. Research from Irisys shows that Americans will abandon a checkout line and leave a store after eight minutes of waiting. This means you need more than just traditional checkout lines. Apple has adopted the option to checkout via a mobile device where associates can go to the consumer when they are ready to check out.

5. Offer Immersive Experiences

If you want to really make a long-lasting impression on your customers, create a retail environment that grabs their full attention. Retailers are beginning to create an experience by using technology like Virtual Reality. IKEA even opened a concept called The Dining Club, which is a temporary pop-up store that allows guests an opportunity to run their own restaurant built with IKEA products. This offers an experience and brings brand and product awareness in a subtle way.

About NAI/Merin Hunter Codman

Through our corporate services group, NAI/Merin Hunter Codman provides value-added tenant representation and corporate services for corporations with local, national or worldwide real estate needs. The firm serves as a single point of contact, whether for one property or hundreds of properties or leases. We assist in evaluating opportunities, optimizing existing portfolios, planning new facilities, site selection, and managing and leasing corporate facilities, aided by award-winning technology that allows the firm to monitor and flag every step electronically, tailored specifically to client needs. Electronic monitoring is available for client review from anywhere in the world and can track everything from the real-time status of leases up for renewal and milestones in capital improvements to the progress of planned developments.

– Tenant/Buyer representation
– Demographic, market data & feasibility analysis
– Relocation studies
– Property, facilities and asset management
– Due diligence
– Investment acquisition/sales
– Development/redevelopment analysis
– Structured lease finance

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s history of prestigious clients includes BP Amoco, Wackenhut, Nextel, Walgreens, Spring, Amdahl, Oasis Outsourcing, GTECH Corp., Jennifer Convertibles, Daleen Technologies, Christofle, Christian Dior, Foster Wheeler Environmental Corp., Lydian Private Bank, and many others.

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NEWS PICK-UP: Spencer Grossman Represents Buyer in $495,000 Sale

KW Commercial Executes Record-Breaking Sale of Belvedere Tattoo Parlor

New area expansion spurs demand for previously unwanted buildings in the East Belvedere Corridor.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, October 12, 2018 — Palm Beach-based Keller Williams Commercial Real Estate announced today that Managing Agent Brad Kuskin recently represented the seller in the $495,000 sale of a 2,000-square-foot former tattoo parlor on the eastern portion of Belvedere Road. The transaction price of $248 per square foot represents a five-year record for proportionate sales prices along the East Belvedere Road corridor.

KW CRE negotiated the transaction on behalf of long-time Boynton Beach resident who had initially purchased the property in 1997 for $75,000. Buyer-agent Spencer Grossman of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman represented the local buyer, Farm To Family, LLC, who intends to utilize the building as a vegan-oriented meal delivery preparation facility. The well-positioned location on Belvedere provides the Buyer with direct access to affluent El Cid and Palm Beach Island communities. The acquisition was contingent on the relocation of an existing tattoo parlor and South American boutique, who had previously occupied the building under annual leases.

“Transaction terms were finalized only days after initially listing the property, which clearly illustrates the growing strength and allure of the southern West Palm Beach neighborhoods, particularly in well-positioned older buildings. Many downtown buildings have extremely passive owners, who don’t align lease structure with current market trends, offering additional value to long-term business operators and investors,” said Kuskin. “We worked through several unique challenges related to the tenants and provided our client with maximized value based on a very dynamic market and potential user base. KW Commercial managed expectations of all parties while directly addressing concerns of tenants forced into relocation and early lease termination. It was a testament to the work of agents on both sides who worked to close the transaction promptly and at the originally negotiated terms.”

“Keller Williams Commercial Real Estate has the unique footprint and breadth to provide clients the benefit of expansive transaction experience and rock-solid relationships throughout the South Florida market,” said Kuskin. “Our national scope, combined with our commitment to a superior level of client service, allows us to provide unparalleled market insight, leading to strategic investment and liquidation initiatives, ultimately leading to maximized transaction efficiency.”

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PRESS RELEASE PICK-UPS: 1 E Broward Sale

Several media organizations have picked up our Press Release on the sale of 1 E Broward. Details below:

South Florida Business Journal – View PDF | View Article

CoStar – View PDF

The Real Deal – View PDF | View Article

BOMA – View PDF | View Article

CRE Sources – View PDF | View Article

REBusiness Online – View PDF | View Article

South Florida Business Wealth – View PDF

Commercial Property Executive Online – View PDF | View Article

The News Funnel – View PDF | View Article

Newsmakers – View PDF | View Article

South Florida Business Journal (News in Brief) – View PDF

The Real Deal (South FL Office Market article) – View PDF

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NAI/Merin Hunter Codman Reaches New Heights

It’s with great excitement and pride that we share a recent milestone for our company – the NAI/Merin Hunter Codman name has been placed atop the Centurion Tower building! This is a grand accomplishment for a firm who humbly resided in a partial second floor space at the building for nearly 30 years. Our recent move to the seventh floor combined with building signage is a testament to the firms stability and dedication to West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County and South Florida.

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NEWS ARTICLE: The race for space in West Palm Beach

Neil was quoted in the below article, written by Mike Seemuth of The Real Deal.

Real estate executive and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross scored the most recent victory in the battle of billionaires looking to build high-rise office projects in downtown West Palm Beach. Ross was on an apparent collision course with Jeff Greene, real estate investor and former candidate for governor of Florida, but it appears that New York-based Related Companies, led by Ross, has won out — for now.

In reaction to the August news that part of the downtown would be upzoned, thereby allowing Related to proceed with a 25-story office project called One Flagler, Greene shelved his One West Palm project, citing an “uncertain zoning climate.” The city-approved project was a mix of office space, hotel rooms and apartments in two 30-story buildings, designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica.

The cancellation of Greene’s project seems to have exposed limits to commercial development in the central business district of West Palm Beach, despite local efforts to recruit out-of-town employers.

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BROKER EVENT: Beer Tasting and Trivia Game Show

What’s better than beer and trivia? Try adding in local craft beer samples, prizes and bar bites! That was the thought for our “Brews and Buzzers” broker event at Centurion Tower in West Palm Beach on the evening of October 4th. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman hosted the event where area brokers toured spec suites, enjoyed our new digs, and were contestants in a custom trivia game show which included questions about the event and building details.

The event showcased available space at Centurion Tower, a 14-story Class-A office building on Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, just east of I-95. Newly completed spec suites are move-in ready and feature contemporary flair and flexible floor plans, with suites ranging from 1,422-2,394 SF. Click here for more details and call our office to schedule your showing today: 561 471 8000.

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PRESS RELEASE: Downtown Ft. Lauderdale Office Tower, 1 East Broward, Trades for $108,500,000

–CBRE structures sale and financing of iconic Class A office tower to a joint venture between NAI/Merin Hunter Codman and Pacific Coast Capital Partners–

West Palm Beach, Fla. – 1 East Broward Owner, LLC, a joint venture between affiliates of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman and PCCP, LLC has acquired 1 East Broward, a Class A office tower in downtown Fort Lauderdale for $108,500,000.

The CBRE Capital Markets team facilitated the sale of the 19-story, 351,705 square foot, institutional-quality office building on behalf of the seller, Ivy Realty. Additionally, the CBRE Debt & Structured Finance team arranged acquisition financing of $77,465,500 with SunTrust Bank on behalf of the buyer. Vice Chairman, Christian Lee and Senior Vice President, José Lobón of CBRE oversaw the transaction on the sale effort, and First Vice President, Amy Julian oversaw the financing for CBRE working with Chief Financial Officer Dung Lam and Acquisitions Director Corey Winsett on behalf of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman. The CBRE team also included Senior Financial Analyst, Andrew Chilgren. Rebecca M. Cox, SunTrust Senior Vice President, provided the financing. Kapp Morrison LLP provided legal counsel to the seller and Shutts and Bowen provided legal counsel to the buyer.

The property is located on the northeast corner of Broward Boulevard and Andrews Avenue, in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s rapidly expanding downtown, across from the new Brightline Rail Station. The 91% leased property includes a 19-story building and a 5-story building that are connected by a covered sky bridge to a 4-story parking structure that provides the office tenants with 772 covered parking spaces. The Property recently received an extensive renovation with over $4.9 million invested since the beginning of 2013 and serves as the new U.S. headquarters for KEMET Corporation, a leading publicly traded global supplier of electronic components. KEMET recently relocated its corporate headquarters from Greenville, SC to 1 East Broward bringing 150 additional jobs to the Fort Lauderdale CBD. KEMET joins several leading law firms who have corporate and regional headquarters at 1 East Broward including Becker & Poliakoff, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., McGlinchey Stafford and Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.

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