UCR Forgoes Company Holiday Party, Supporting Women and Children in Need in Texas Instead

Posted on 12.19.13 by Valerie Maniscalco in Uncategorized

DALLAS, Texas, December 19, 2013 — UCR, a leading retail real estate services provider, is continuing its holiday tradition to bring holiday cheer to families in need in Texas. This year, UCR donated gifts, clothing and basic household items for women and children at nine charities in Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio.

In 2011, UCR’s Dallas office decided to use the money allocated for its annual holiday party to provide for those in the community in need. The employees fulfilled the wish lists of 10 families at Genesis Women’s Shelter and The Family Place, and, because of the overwhelming enthusiasm by all that participated; a new tradition called “UCR Adopt-A-Family” was born. In 2012, UCR’s other Texas offices decided to forgo their holiday parties to support charities in need as well.

This year, UCR turned its holiday giving event into a family affair, inviting spouses and children of the employees to join. UCR employees and their families broke in to teams and spent a half-day shopping and wrapping gifts to provide for families at local charities.

Paige Flink, Executive Director of The Family Place in Dallas, Texas, said, “The annual UCR Adopt-a-Family day provides victims of domestic violence with items that are needed. At The Family Place, victims find everything they need to become survivors – a secure, warm bed, three nutritious meals a day, clean pajamas and clothing and a caring counselor to help them deal with the trauma they’ve experienced and begin to change the distorted perceptions that perpetrate the cycle of violence.”

UCR Dallas continued its support of The Family Place and Genesis Women’s Shelter, local non-profits that assist victims of family violence, providing gifts for four families through each organization. This year, UCR Dallas also donated clothing and toys to 20 children in need through Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in protective care, to help them find safe, permanent homes.

UCR San Antonio employees and their clients provided gifts and basic supplies for Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc., a women’s shelter that provides support to victims of domestic violence.

UCR Austin donated to Austin Sunshine Camps, which provide programs and services for less advantaged children in central Texas, and Settlement Home, a safe home for children recovering from traumatic experiences.

UCR Houston again provided gifts for three families at two local charities: Santa Maria Hostel, an organization that provides support and housing for women alone and with their children while in treatment or recovering from substance abuse, and Wesley House, a community center providing programs which teach individuals and families to become self-sufficient and provide children with a safe and nurturing environment. UCR Houston also purchased gifts and basic supplies for children at Shay’s House, a non-profit organization that provides shelter for women and children.

Mickey Ashmore, CEO of UCR stated, “It’s heartening to see the office filled with anticipation and excitement for this event, more so than for any Christmas party we have hosted in the past. Extending the opportunity for families to join in and give seemed like the logical next step. We only hope to encourage others to give as this grows and we are able to help more families in need each year.”

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UCR Adds Alyson Christensen as a Broker Assistant

Posted on 12.16.13 by Valerie Maniscalco in Uncategorized

DALLAS, Texas, December 16, 2013 —Today UCR, a leading retail real estate services provider, has named Alyson Christensen as a broker assistant for Darrell Hernandez. Alyson will assist in site selection and representation for tenants such as Starbucks, Chipotle, Potbelly and others.

Darrell Hernandez, Executive Vice President and Partner said, “Alyson is passionate about this field and eager to learn and grow. She is a great addition to UCR and further strengthens our ability to serve our clients and adds even more depth to our retail services platform.”

Prior to joining UCR, Alyson worked for The Weitzman Group where she worked as a landlord and tenant representative for projects and clients including AIO Wireless, Goodwill of Dallas, Snap Kitchen, Pizza Hut, QuikSet Jewelry and Shoe Show.

Alyson is actively involved with ICSC, SMU Real Estate Society and CREW. She received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Real Estate Finance from the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.

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UCR Announces the Sale of Land in Frisco for a Medical Facility

Posted on 12.2.13 by Valerie Maniscalco in Uncategorized

DALLAS, Texas, December 2, 2013 — UCR Dallas, a leading retail real estate services provider, today announced that Dr. Erick Menegazzo has purchased a 40,000 square foot tract of land at the northeast quadrant of Preston Road and Wade Boulevard in Frisco, Texas. The land was purchased from Mohr Partners for the construction of a new medical and dental facility.

W. Thurston Witt, Jr. with UCR Dallas negotiated the transaction for Mohr Partners and Ruben Reynoso of Tenant Real Estate Advisors represented the buyer.

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UCR Announces Three New Openings on Knox Street

Posted on 11.4.13 by Valerie Maniscalco in Uncategorized

DALLAS, Texas (November 4, 2013) –Today UCR, a leading retail real estate services provider, and Sarofim Realty Advisors announced the opening of Lululemon, Kate Spade and Steven Alan on Knox Street.

The opening of these retailers marks a shift in the make-up of Knox Street, a long established Dallas home furnishing and dining destination. They join existing quality home furnishing retailers Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Design Within Reach; and come alongside popular restaurants Toulouse and Mr. Mesero from famed restaurateurs Alberto Lombardi and Michael “Mico” Rodriguez, founder of M Crowd Restaurant Group and the Mi Cocina chain.

“With the addition of fashion retailers like Lululemon, Steven Alan, and Kate Spade, the Knox District is taking strides toward becoming a truly balanced shopping district,” says Kevin Hickman with Sarofim Realty Advisors.

A deviation from furniture retailers and restaurants came with the introduction of Apple to Knox Street; but it was the success of premier designer boutique Forty Five Ten and the chic and trendy boutique Octane that revealed the need for fashion forward concepts, and high quality brands took notice. Los Angeles-based retailers looking to Dallas as their “next” market see the trend going toward a walkable balanced shopping area and Knox Street as that ideal location to expand.

“The street has long been a destination for restaurants and home furnishings, but Dallas has lacked a true ‘street shopping’ experience due to the absence of great clothing, accessories, shoes and other apparel retailers,” says Michael Nagy, a Managing Partner with UCR Urban. “We plan to add a much larger apparel component to the district so that Knox will be thought of in the same vein as Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, Newbury Street in Boston, M Street in D.C. and other nationally-known street retail. Jonathan Adler and Steven Alan are just two examples of West coast retail concepts that have made Dallas their first location outside of Los Angeles.”

Knox Street has a long history of retail success and the first shopping center in Dallas was built there over 100 years ago. The addition of Lululemon, Kate Spade and Steven Alan are following the precedent set in place by past retailers by conserving the charm of the street as well as continuing to be the foremost destination for shoppers in the Dallas area.

UCR CEO Mickey Ashmore states, “UCR has been fortunate enough to work with both Sarofim and Lynn O’Neil in shaping Knox Street District’s retail and restaurant experience that now produces sales well in excess of $600.00 per square feet. The transformation started in the mid-nineties with Starbucks and Pottery Barn and today Knox Street is Dallas’s only true, organic retail street.”

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UCR Dallas Adds Taylor Roberts as Vice President

Posted on 10.21.13 by Valerie Maniscalco in Uncategorized

DALLAS, Texas, October 21, 2013 —Today UCR, a leading retail real estate services provider, has named Taylor Roberts as vice president. Taylor is well respected in retail real estate and has consistently been a top performer in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.

Taylor will join UCR’s retail service platform and will be instrumental in serving both the company’s institutional shopping center owner clients and 200+ national and regional clients. Currently, Taylor is handling tenant representation for Yucatan Taco Stand, Edoko Sushi, Gas Monkey Bar and Grill, Alligator Café, Salsa Tex Mex, Jimmy’s Egg, Double Dave’s Pizza, AquaKids Swim School and property representation for Victory Real Estate.

Darrell Hernandez, Executive Vice President and Partner said, “Taylor is a great addition to our team and we are confident in his ability to meet and exceed clients’ needs. Having Taylor at UCR further strengthens our ability to serve our clients and adds even more depth to our retail services platform.”

Prior to joining UCR, Taylor was a vice president with the John T. Evans Company for five years. There he was able to work on all sides of the business, establishing a firm grasp on restaurant tenant and property representation, and expanding his business base to include developer-led site procurement and land sales.

Prior to the John T. Evans Company, Taylor worked with Allegiance Development in Addison, Texas, where his primary duties included sourcing new business opportunities, leasing pad and shop space, and lease coordination.

Taylor received a Power Broker award for his achievements by D Magazine in 2012. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors. Taylor received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

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