Lease Beat

Fairway Continues Expansion, Inks in FiDi

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The regional chain Fairway is opening a store in downtown Manhattan.

The 52,242-square-foot retail space at 255 Greenwich Street will be the home of the company’s sixth location in Manhattan and first below 14th Street. Fairway has recently been in expansion mode and has taken an anchor tenancy at Hudson Yards on the Far West Side, slated to open in 2015. Read More

Lease Beat

CVS Inks on Lower East Side

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CVS Pharmacy is the latest tenant to move to the Lower East Side, inking a deal at 42-56 East Houston Street.

The pharmacy chain, whose presence is limited and overshadowed by Walgreens and Duane Reade in the city, will be taking a 10,365-square-foot space that spans the entire block between Mulberry and Mott streets. Read More

Lease Beat

CVS Leases Space at 3 Columbus Circle

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Pharmacy CVS Caremark has signed a 15-year lease for 21,158 square feet at 3 Columbus Circle, it was announced this morning. Asking rents were not disclosed.

The lease is for the vacant part of the 768,565-square-foot building’s ground floor and a portion of the second floor, according to a statement from SL Green Realty, the landlord in partnership with The Moinian Group. The pharmacy is expected to occupy the space beginning June 1. Read More

Retail

Up, Up and Away: Retailers Pushing Boundaries on Upper East Side

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National retailers are pushing north from 72nd Street on the Upper East Side, chasing changing demographics and searching for value, according to several brokers active in the market. Both 86th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues and Madison Avenue north of 72nd Street have seen strong activity and booming lease prices.

“I did deals up there 10 or 15 years ago and was hard-pressed to push $110 to $120 per square foot,” said Patrick Breslin, executive vice president of global retail at Studley. “Today, if you can find good real estate on Lex on 82nd to 85th, you’re looking at $400, $500, $600 per square foot.” Read More

Lease Beat

CVS Takes 14,274SF Retail Condo at Griffin Court, Recently Sold to Heskel Group for $11.3M

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CVS Pharmacy has leased a 14,274-square-foot retail condominium space below Alchemy PropertiesGriffin Court Condominium development at 454 West 54th Street, which was also sold to Heskel Group earlier this month, The Commercial Observer has learned.

The 25-year lease includes 9,000 square feet of street level frontage, set below the eight–story residential towers, where 95 condo units that hit the market in 2010 are roughly 85 percent occupied.

The property is located in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, a first for CVS, and in close proximity to the theatre district. Read More

Lease Beat

SoCal Denim Concept Brand Civilianaire Leases 1,650 Square Feet at 53-55 East Houston Street

53-55 East Houston Street (Credit: Bowery Boogie)

Los Angeles-based fashion company Civilianaire has signed a 10-year lease at 53-55 East Houston Street on the corner of Mott Street in Nolita.

The new denim concept brand, which was founded by the principals of Lucky Brand Jeans, will occupy 1,250 square feet on the ground floor and a 400-square-foot basement.

This will be the first New York City location for Civilianaire, which has several stores across southern California. Read More

Recognition

Korman, Kass, Honored at NKF Awards

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In a scene reminiscent of the Oscars, Newmark Knight Frank’s Executive Managing Director Lance Korman learned he had won the national brokerage firm’s “Top Producing Broker of the Year” accolade on the very night of the awards ceremony. Read More