Real Estate Journal — Shopping Centers — June 22 - July 12, 2018 — 7A
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S hopping C enters Weichert & Ripco NJ handle 3000 s/f lease at the 93,000 s/f shopping center Mezza Mediterranean joins lifestyle tenant mix at Eastman-managed center in Livingston, NJ
IVINGSTON, NJ — Mezza Mediterra- nean recently hosted a ribbon-cutting to celebrate its official opening at The Shoppes at the Livingston Circle at 277 Eisenhower Parkway in Livingston. This marks the first expansion for the popular restaurant, which also has a location in Westwood. Mezza Livingston occu- pies approximately 3,000 s/f at the 93,000 s/f shop- ping center, which is man- aged and developed by East- man Companies . Jennifer Corrao and John Negri of Weichert Commercial Brokerage represented the tenant and Florian Suser- man of Ripco NJ , leasing agent for the property, rep- resented the landlord. “Livingston was ideal for us in terms of demographics, and although there is a lot of new business development in the area we didn’t see much in the way of competition,” said Vincent Leone, who, along with Yarden Levinson, is one of the owners behind Mezza Mediterranean’s suc- cess in Westwood. “We have worked well together as part- ners over the last five years and know what has and hasn’t worked in the past. We made sure to hit all of the key checkpoints before choosing this location.” Mezza’s ownership agreed that The Shoppes at the Liv- ingston Circle, situated at the intersection of Rte. 10 and Eisenhower Pkwy., was an ide- al choice business-wise. “This is an up-and-coming area and new businesses like The Container Store, Shake Shack and Starbucks are generating a lot of traffic on Eisenhower Parkway,” said Leone. “We also love the healthy lifestyle vibe that Eastman Compa- nies is creating with tenants like Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, Club Pilates and CycleBar. Eastman is an excellent company and their team has been ready to lend a helping hand whenever we’ve needed it.” “Mezza Mediterranean’s ownership teamhad a proven concept and built a loyal fol- lowing in Westwood,” said Peter Schofel , Eastman Companies’ managing part- ner. “The Shoppes at the Livingston Circle provided the perfect opportunity to L
enter a thriving market in a desirable and accessible lo- cation. We are confident the restaurant will be an exciting addition to the local dining scene and continue to build its reputation for inventive food and exceptional service.” Situated in one of the re- gion’s busiest retail corridors, The Shoppes at the Livings- ton Circle serves a growing residential population of more than 158,000 people within a five-mile radius. The center’s diverse tenant lineup offers a combination of national and local retail
brands including Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, Ike’s Bagel Café, Olive Garden, Choice Pet Supply, Wine Legend, M&TBank and Zen Japanese Restaurant. In addi t i on to Mezza Mediterranean, The Shop- pes’ newest tenants include Club Pilates, Goldfish Swim School and CycleBar. Aldi, the fast-growing supermar- ket chain, will open late summer or early fall in the space formerly occupied by The Fresh Market, and Fit- ness 1440 and Moxi Blowdry & Beauty are coming soon.
Shown from left: Rafi Cohen, partner, Mezza Mediterranean; Yarden Levinson, owner, Mezza Mediterranean; Joseph Leone; Vincent Leone, owner, Mezza Mediterranean; Peter Schofel, Eastman Companies. Front Row L – R: Mahesh Lekkala, Wine Legend; Bea Chaiklin, Livingston Chamber; Ira Drucks, vice president/treasurer, Livingston Chamber; JoAnn Leone; Alfred M. Anthony, deputy mayor; Rufino Fernandez, council member; Punam Bhargava, Livingston Chamber.
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