Tropical Smoothie Cafe one of four new restaurants opening in East Brainerd

New restaurants are flowing into the Waterside retail center in East Brainerd — at least four are to open by the first part of 2019 — and the owner of one of them cites a pair of key anchor stores.

“People love Publix. Same thing with REI Co-op,” said Paul Neumaier, co-owner of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe slated to open Thursday at 2380 Lifestyle Way.

Waterside, after a slow time gaining traction earlier this decade off Shallowford Road near Interstate 75, is about 90 percent leased up, according to developer Branch Properties of Atlanta.  Read full story

Branch Signs Three Tenants to Westridge Square Center in North Carolina

Greensboro, N.C. — Branch Properties LLC has signed three tenants to Westridge Square, a 215,000-square-foot shopping center in Greensboro.

The Atlanta-based real estate company originally acquired the center and its seven outparcel buildings in 2015, and is currently modernizing and re-tenanting the property. Planned renovations include raising the parapets and upgrading the building materials to include brick, metal and wood.

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Redeveloped Florida Center Reaches Capacity

Branch Properties announced that its Island Walk at Palm Coast in Florida is now 100% leased following a $40 million redevelopment.

Prior to the re-do, the 200,000 sq. ft. center had minimal visibility from Palm Coast Parkway. It now features an open concept and a new façade. Publix added 56,000 sq. ft. to its supermarket there, and two outparcels were added for Chase Bank and IHOP.    Read full story

Drake’s, Cyclebar, Havertys and more headed to Village at Waterside near Hamilton Place

One of the newest restaurants slated to open at the Village at Waterside retail center near Hamilton Place mall aims to curb a variety of cravings ranging from burgers to tacos and even sushi.

The eclectic mix makes up the menu at Drake’s, a part of the Lexington, Kentucky-based Bluegrass Hospitality Group, and includes traditional American-style pub food, including hand-pressed burgers, mini sandwiches, Sriracha wings, build-your-own tacos and an extensive sushi menu, said Leela Foley, a spokesperson for Bluegrass Hospitality Group.

The restaurant plans to open for business in January at the retail center and 162,000 square feet of commercial development taking shape north of Shallowford Road along Interstate-75. Read full story