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June 5, 2019

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If you live or work in Lenoir today, and want to experience an authentic Starbucks coffeehouse, the closest one is sixteen miles to the south in Hickory or 20.8 miles to the north in Boone.

But come 2020, Lenoir will be home to one of Starbucks’ newest freestanding coffeehouses on Blowing Rock Boulevard, next door to Dairy Queen.  For those in a hurry, the Lenoir Starbucks will also offer a drive-thru.

This new location is only the very latest in a string of new private investments bringing iconic, national brands to the Caldwell economy.  Earlier this week, GEMCAP Development began site preparation at the Blowing Rock Boulevard location.

Caldwell Chamber president, Bryan Moore, and EDC director, Deborah Murray, marked the occasion with their own groundbreaking moment.  “These are exciting moments for our economy and need to be celebrated,” Moore said. “These are the services and amenities that will bring even more commerce to the area.”

In recent years Murray has acquired by popular demand a bucket list of publicly hoped-for national brands. “We have worked to generate interest and confidence in our community from these well-known companies,” she said. “We work with property owners, brokers, developers, tenants—whoever we can to land the big fish. And Starbucks has been one of those must-haves.”

VanGuard Associates, headquartered in Atlanta, acquired the Lenoir Festival Shopping Center in 2016. The 144,239 square foot center is anchored by Belk Department Store, Tractor Supply and Bargain Hunt.  Fronting 321 are its outparcels housing Dairy Queen and soon to be Starbucks. VanGuard specializes in leasing and management of its properties in GA, FL, AL, LA, SC and NC. The company’s portfolio includes 45 shopping centers, several office parks and three nationally branded hotels.

‘We are thrilled to be adding Starbucks to our property and to the Lenoir market. Starbucks is a first-tier retailer, and they were at the very top of our wish list for this site.  Retailers pay close attention to who is opening, and where, and Starbucks carries a lot of weight when it comes to the perception of a market by other retail chains. We are excited for what this means to the community, and are indebted to Deborah Murray and the EDC for their diligence and assistance in bringing this deal to fruition,” said VanGuard executive Tim O’Neill.

For more information, contact:

Deborah Murray at Caldwell EDC   828-759-3654

Tim O’Neill, VanGuard Associates, Atlanta GA   770-955-7709

Source: http://www.caldwelledc.org/news-section/6-10-2019-lenoir-will-be-home-to-one-of-starbucks-newest-freestanding-coffeehouses/

An Atlanta development company has bought the Lenoir shopping center anchored by Belk and Tractor Supply Co., and plans to make improvements to fill its vacant storefronts.

Lenoir Retail I, a limited liability company started by Vanguard Associates, purchased the shopping center on Blowing Rock Boulevard behind the former Jack in the Box restaurant – which is not part of the purchase – for $2.2 million. On its website, Vanguard describes itself as a “property management and primarily big-box development company with a main focus on the retail sector.”

Vern Hakes, who handled the deal for Vanguard, said the company expects to maintain ownership after renovations and improvements.

“We buy shopping centers that have issues and redevelop them,” Hakes said. “The majority of the time we lease, manage and hold on to them. Any time we buy something, we’re comfortable owning it.”

He said the company manages about 30 shopping centers in the Southeast, with Tractor Supply a tenant in several, including recent Vanguard additions in Tifton, Ga., and Leesburg, Fla.

Hakes said he hopes Vanguard can maintain long-term relationships with Belk and Tractor Supply, which are currently under lease agreements in the two northern-most storefronts. He said Vanguard has been in touch with several prospective tenants for the other spaces.

“We’re going to try to turn a vacant eyesore into a thriving shopping center,” Hakes said. “We hope to have them up to full capacity. We want to make sure everything looks nice. Empty space doesn’t do anything good for anybody.”

Hakes said Vanguard may divide the largest of the vacant spaces – formerly a Bi-Lo grocery store – into two retail spaces.

Hakes said the property, which has been called Lenoir Festival Shopping Center, was the finest site available in Lenoir.

Caldwell County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Deborah Murray said she worked with at least three parties in buying the shopping center.

“Anybody who wants to get in there and do something with it, I’m excited about it,” Murray said. “It was a highly prized piece of property. My hope is that somebody is going to get in there and really work it.”

By John Brasier, (Lenoir) News-Topic

Reference: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/atlanta-developer-buys-lenoir-shopping-center-caldwell-county/

An Atlanta development company has bought the Lenoir shopping center anchored by Belk and Tractor Supply Co., and plans to make improvements and fill its vacant storefronts.

Lenoir Retail I, a limited liability corporation started by Vanguard Associates, purchased the shopping center on Blowing Rock Boulevard behind the former Jack in the Box restaurant — which is not part of the purchase — for $2.2 million. On its website, Vanguard describes itself as a “property management and primarily big-box redevelopment company with a main focus on the retail sector.”

Vern Hakes, who handled the deal for Vanguard, said his company expects to maintain ownership after renovations and improvements.

“We buy shopping centers that have issues and redevelop them,” he said. “The majority of the time we lease, manage and hold on to them. Any time we buy something, we’re comfortable owning it.”

He said the company manages about 30 shopping centers in the Southeast, with Tractor Supply a tenant in several, including recent Vanguard additions in Tifton, Georgia, and Leesburg, Florida.

Hakes said he hopes Vanguard can maintain long-term relationships with Belk and Tractor Supply, which are currently under lease agreements in the two northernmost storefronts. He said Vanguard has been in touch with several prospective tenants for the other spaces.

“We’re going to try to turn a vacant eyesore into a thriving shopping center,” Hakes said. “We hope to have them up to full capacity. We want to make sure everything looks nice. Empty space doesn’t do anything good for anybody.”

Hakes said Vanguard may divide the largest of the vacant spaces – formerly a Bi-Lo grocery store – into two retails spaces. 

Hakes said the property, which has been called Lenoir Festival Shopping Center, was the finest site available in Lenoir.

Deborah Murray, executive director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission, said she worked with at least three parties interested in buying the shopping center but had no involvement with Vanguard.

“Anybody who wants to get in there and do something with it, I’m excited about it,” Murray said. “It was a highly prized piece of property. My hope is somebody is going to get in there and really work it.”

A new store will fill a long-empty space in Lenoir.

The Tennessee-based retail store Bargain Hunt will move into the Lenoir Festival Shopping Center on U.S. 321, according to a press release from the Caldwell Economic Development Commission. Other stores in the shopping center are Belk and Tractor Supply Company.

Bargain Hunt is a discount retailer that carries clothes, home goods, electronics, toys, sporting goods and furniture. There is currently only one Bargain Hunt in North Carolina, in Charlotte, but another is on the way in Shelby.

The store will move into vacant space that used to be a Bi-Lo grocery store and currently is being renovated, according to the press release. Construction is set to be complete by August.

Tim O’Neill, CEO of Vanguard Associates the real estate firm out of Atlanta that owns the shopping center through Lenoir Retail I LLC, said in the press release that his company has paid close attention to economic development progress in the area.

“We are really excited about our property in Lenoir,” he said.

Reporter Virginia Annable can be reached at 828-610-8724.

Reference: http://www.newstopicnews.com/news/business/discount-retailer-will-fill-empty-storefront/article_2e3bb320-5368-11e7-a9c6-6fb0e461a727.html

An affiliate of Vanguard Associates has purchased Crystal River Plaza for $10.5 million, according to Commercial Property Executive (CPE).

Located at the northwest corner of U.S. 19 and Venable Road, the 184,101-square-foot center includes retailers such as Bealls, Bealls Outlet, Goodwill, Sibex Electronics and Dollar General. At the time of sale, the 1986-built shopping center was

89 percent leased, according to CPE. Neighboring retailers include The Home Depot, BB&T Bank, Arby’s, Applebee’s, Chili’s and Mattress Firm.

“Crystal River Plaza is the dominant, discount-oriented shopping center serving the Crystal River and Homosassa Springs markets,” said Mark Shellabarger, senior vice president of CBRE, a California-based commercial real estate services and investment firm. “The buyer was attracted to the center because of its strong anchor tenants, which are the same as the anchor tenants Vanguard has in other shopping centers they own in comparable markets in the Southeast. Additionally, Crystal River Plaza has over 20,000 square feet of vacant space and the buyer is adept at leasing space like this and increasing the income.”

Reference: http://www.chronicleonline.com/news/business/on-the-business-front-comings-and-goings/article_aa6b1fe2-8466-11e7-b847-a35e95811c2b.html

A vacant 65,000-square-foot building that was built as a Wal-Mart store in a high-traffic area of Anderson will be overhauled to create space for at least two retailers and possibly as many as four, a vice president of Atlanta-based Vanguard Associates Inc. said Today. Vern Hakes said an announcement about the first retailer could be made in a few days. The 6.5-acre site was purchased for $950,000.

“We think we will probably be able to announce the first piece in the jigsaw puzzle by the first of next week,” Hakes said.

Hakes said a Vanguard affiliate, Anderson Detail One LLC, purchased the building and surrounding property in Anderson from Crown Ventures I LLC, also of Atlanta. The building at 3223 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. has been vacant since Fusion warehouse closed five years ago. Fusion had rented the space after Wal-Mart left.

Hakes said he was meeting today with contractors in Anderson. He said the developers intend to turn a “vacant, abandoned eyesore into a thriving retail center.” Hakes said there will be a “phased, but significant facelift.”

“New facades will be cut in and constructed,” he said.

Hakes said in a statement that Vanguard Associates and its affiliates since 1994 have purchased and redeveloped more than 40 retail properties, mostly former Wal-Marts, in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. He said the Anderson project is their first in South Carolina.

Reference: https://scbiznews.com/news/agriculture/48828/