Tenants are lining up to lease space in a newly renovated shopping center in the Oak Hill area.
BBD Commercial gave Oak Hill Plaza, at 7101 W. Texas 71, a substantial makeover that included a new façade, fresh paint, a copper mansard roof, improved signage and landscaping and a repaved, restriped parking lot.
That investment appears to be paying off, with five new businesses set to move in over the next several months. With their arrival, BBD Commercial said Oak Hill Plaza is now 90 percent occupied.
The newcomers are Pluckers Wing Bar, Slab BBQ, EurAsia Sushi Bar and Seafood, D Pet Hotels and Epic Fun, a family entertainment center.
“We’re thrilled about our new tenants at Oak Hill Plaza,” BBD Commercial’s Tim Jarvis said. “We feel we have an excellent mix of restaurants and community-focused businesses. We renovated the facility and signed these tenants with the neighborhood in mind, and we think each of these establishments will be a great fit for the Southwest Austin community.”
Epic Fun is by far the largest addition, taking over a 27,000-square-foot spot vacated by Big Lots. When it debuts this summer, it will feature an arcade, laser tag arena, climbing wall, ropes course and mini-bowling. There will also be a bar and restaurant.
The team behind Epic Fun said it chose Oak Hill Plaza because it’s “clean, modern and inviting.”
D Pet Hotels, a chain with several locations across the U.S., expects to open in April, offering a luxury pet-boarding experience.
“We’re a young, hip company and we want to be somewhere that the energy is young and hip, too,” said Liza De La Chapa with D Pet Hotels.
BBD Commercial said it will “selectively target a handful of businesses the company believes would serve the community and shopping center well” as it looks to fill remaining storefronts.
H-E-B wants Primo Picks
H-E-B, the area’s dominant grocer, has kicked off its search for the next generation of Primo Picks – uniquely Texan products found only in its stores.
The statewide competition runs through April 5. After that, H-E-B executives will whittle entries down to 25 finalists who will present their culinary creations to a panel of judges Aug. 10 and 11 at the Central Texas Food Bank.
The grand prize winner gets $25,000, plus the chance to sell his or her product in H-E-B stores. There are also cash prizes for three runners-up.
Get more details at heb.com/quest.
Zips eyes Austin
A new dry-cleaning chain has big plans for the Austin area.
Zips says it will open up to 40 Central Texas locations in the next several years. One is already open at 1803 S. Lamar Blvd. in South Austin.
The chain has a unique pricing model, charging a flat rate of $1.99 per item. All cleaning is done on site.
“Zips is building a great brand and has a unique model within the dry cleaning industry,” said Jason Frick, development principal for Better Way Dry Cleaning, the company’s local franchisee. “We think that this is the future, and we know that our customers will appreciate the fast and better service at a better, straightforward price. Dry cleaning is something that most of us need and we’re excited to deliver a lot of value to customers who use our service.”
The express lane …
Petco has leased 13,108 square feet of space at Center of the Hills, 7010 W. Texas 71 in the Oak Hill area, for a new location. Weitzman’s Nash Frisbie and Britt Morrison handled negotiations for the landlord. … Total Wine & More is taking over a spot OfficeMax recently vacated at 10001 Research Blvd. in the Arboretum area, according to city permits. … Austin-based Tiff’s Treats continues its expansion into the Houston area with a new location set to open in Katy on March 4. … Yeti has opened its new flagship store at 220 S. Congress Ave., near downtown Austin. Check out our recent story at atxne.ws/2lMp8xg to learn more about the local company’s first brick-and-mortar location, which features an indoor/outdoor bar.