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AREA’s Women in Commercial Real Estate 2023

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Midwest Real Estate News is honoring the Midwest Women in Commercial Real Estate for 2023, and AREA is proud to be a part of this impressive group of women!

AREA’s Tiffany Ruzicka and Rachel West are an integral part of our retail team, and our company as a whole. These two have 25 combined years of experience representing AREA and the Kansas City brokerage community.

Click to see Midwest Real Estate News‘ special edition highlighting the success of these talented women, as well as others in the CRE industry across our region.

Sporting Kansas City Relocates its Office to River Market

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Sporting Kansas City has signed a 30,000 square foot 10-year lease at 3Y, relocating the team’s offices to The River Market. The Class A Office building is located at 300 Wyandotte and is owned by SomeraRoad. Sporting currently offices out of the Marietta Chair building at 2020 Baltimore Ave in the Crossroads, and has been there since early 2017.

Occupancy at 3Y is targeted for next quarter and the space will office its ownership, management and administrative teams.

AREA’s Sean Craven & Tim Schaffer negotiated the transaction on behalf of Sporting Kansas City and SomeraRoad.

AREA also handles the property management for the 3Y building. To read more about the move, read the KCBJ’s article here.

Banksia Bakehouse & Café Will Relocate and Expand Down(town) Under

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Banksia Australian Bakehouse & Café will relocate their flagship restaurant a few blocks south to the first floor of Town Pavilion at 1111 Main Street downtown. The new location will take the former Plowboys Barbeque space on the southeast corner of 12th & Main Streets along the Streetcar Line. The new 5,350 SF restaurant will more than triple its seating, serving 150 people inside plus an additional 50 to 80 outside. It will be the first location to include happy hour and dinner service.

AREA’s Tiffany Ruzicka represented Banksia in this transaction, as well as their South Plaza location. “The move allows Banksia to design a space meant for the growing downtown businesses and beyond”, said Ruzicka.

Banksia owners, Rob & Kate Joseph and Erika Vikor, opened their flagship location in 2017 at 105 W 9th Street after moving to Kansas City from Australia 5 years prior. In early 2020, they opened a second location in South Plaza at 4800 Main Street, which features a full bar.

Their current menu reflects the owners’ Australian heritage featuring breakfast, lunch, and pastry items such as sausage rolls, meat pies, ricotta pancakes, and vegemite toast. “Best flat white in the city” according to Ruzicka.

To read more about Banksia’s downtown move, click here for the KCBJ article.

KCBJ’s 2023 List of Top Commercial Property Managers

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AREA’s property management division has made the Kansas City Business Journal’s list of top Commercial Property Managers, up 5 spots from last year. The list is made up of area companies ranked by local gross leasable square feet in 2023.

AREA manages more than 4 million square feet of retail, office and industrial space. We are determined to establish ourselves as the premier provider of commercial real estate services in Kansas City while building strong relationships with clients and tenants. Here is a list of select properties that AREA manages throughout the metro.

For more about our Property Management division and the services we provide, click here.

To see the full list from the Business Journal, click here.

Hemma Hemma Expands with First Restaurant Concept

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Ashley Bare, the chef behind the premiere meal delivery service, Hemma Hemma, will open her first restaurant concept later this summer. The 4,200 SF restaurant will take the former District. Pour House + Kitchen space in Waldo’s Romanelli Shops.

Hemma Hemma’s fresh take on meal delivery service focuses on creating delicious, nourishing dishes that feel homemade.  Now, the same unique flavor combinations, colorful seasonality, and beautiful presentation that Hemma Hemma has been known for will be offered at its first location. The restaurant’s core values will be focused around sustainability, quality, convenience, and ease. “I’m looking forward to Hemma Hemma becoming part of the fabric of the community that I grew up in and bringing my experience from around the world to the city I love,” said Ashley.

Hemma Hemma’s space will have a a modern-meets-home aesthetic with a variety of spaces: a main dining room, teaching kitchen, coffee bar, marketplace with grab-and-go meals, outdoor seating and a basement room for private events and dinner. Ashley partnered with design firm Midwest & Co on the design of the space. Hemma Hemma translates to ‘at home’ in Swedish, which is the goal of the feel of the restaurant.

Check out Hemma Hemma’s website for more details on their premier meal delivery service, and follow them on Instagram and Facebook for updates and sneak peeks of the new restaurant.

AREA’s Tiffany Ruzicka represented both sides of this transaction.