by Noel Oman | Today at 12:20 p.m.
Trader Joe’s, the California-based grocery store chain that has built its popularity on store-wide private-label products, has won city approval to retrofit part of a former Toys R Us location in west Little Rock to house its first Arkansas store.
The work, valued at more than $1 million, includes new systems for heating and cooling the store, refrigeration, plumbing and electrical work as well as the installation of grocery-store fixtures, according to the permit, which was approved last week.
The permit application was filed by Jeda Design in July. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based design firm’s clients include Trader Joe’s.
Hank Kelley, chief executive officer, partner, and executive broker of Flake & Kelley, the commercial real estate firm marketing the former Toys R Space at 11500 Financial Centre Parkway, said he wasn’t authorized to speak about the prospective tenant.
The firm’s marketing documents lists about half of the available space in the Toys R Us storefront as still being available, the balance of the roughly 30,000 square feet reserved for a “national retailer.”
A spokesman for Trader Joe’s didn’t immediately return a phone call for comment.
I-49 and Goad Springs Road parcel is now priced to sell! Owner calling for offers and wants to make something happen. Call Hank Kelley at 501.375.3200 or Phillip Schmidt at 479.443.8002 for more information.
Flake & Kelley Commercial is pleased to welcome a new tenant to Westchase Plaza at 301 N. Shackleford in West Little Rock. F45 Training is now open and held their grand opening celebration on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 8 to 11 a.m. For a limited time, they are offering a free trial at https://f45training.com/westlittlerock/trial/.
F45 Training provides High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.) pairing interval cardio and strength training as a group workout. Trainers lead up to 27 clients through 45-minute sessions with two trainers present for every class
Kristie Hightower Obert, who owns the franchise in Little Rock with her husband, Richard Obert, said, “The program is designed to encourage members to schedule 7-day workouts that only take 45 minutes each day.”
“With so many preset programs available through F45 Training, workouts will always be changing to keep members motivated to reach their fitness goals,” said Richard Obert.
Hank Kelley said, “On behalf of the owners of Westchase Plaza, we are glad to continue to add to our list of restaurants, merchants, and health and wellness providers. The high visibility and accessibility of the intersection at Markham and Shackleford will serve F45 Training well.”
Agent and partner, Nicholas Kelley, negotiated the lease for the 3,813 RSF space.