Ground broken on Carriage Hills
Developer announces Arby’s as latest tenant for new center
A groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday at the Carriage Hills Shopping Center yielded more than several shovels full of dirt.
Developers of the center near the Holiday Inn Express, 120 Express Drive, also announced their newest tenant: Arby's.
"We got a contract signed on that just yesterday," said Scott Fishman, a sales agent with Olathe-based Fishman & Co., which is developing the 33,000-square-foot center with ARO Real Estate of Prairie Village.
About 30 people gathered at the northeast corner of the site for the brief groundbreaking ceremony, which was followed by a catered luncheon at Holiday Inn Express. On hand were Mayor Kenneth Bernard, Lansing City Council members, Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce officials and representatives from the development companies. Also at the ceremony was Jim Eddy, president of Heartland Chicken Inc., which will open and operate a Popeye's restaurant in the center.
Fishman told the assembled guests he looked forward to a long, fruitful relationship in Lansing.
"Everybody has been so supportive," he said. "We look forward to growing with you and prospering with you."
Bernard, in turn, complimented the developers for the manner in which they had conducted themselves in negotiating with the city and for having the confidence to build in Lansing.
"It's been a pleasure working with you," Bernard said.
Fishman and Steve Osman, a developer with ARO, said they had been working hard to attract additional tenants, including retail shops, to the $10 million center but weren't ready to name any of the other potential tenants.
"We have some very nice tenants scheduled to be here," Osman said, "that we're still in negotiations with. : And we'd be glad to squeeze some more tenants in."
Though Fishman wouldn't divulge the name, he said negotiations were close to being completed with what he called a "full-service, sit-down restaurant" for the center.
"It's someone the people of Lansing would really like to have here," he said.
Fishman and Osman said they had found in previous developments that landing restaurants would generate traffic, which in turn helps a development attract other retail shops.
Arby's, which opened its first roast beef sandwich shop in 1964 in Boardman, Ohio, now has more than 3,500 restaurants worldwide operated by 450 licensees.
Osman said that if the heavy-equipment work that is now under way at the site proceeded as planned, the center would be online for opening in early or mid-summer 2006.
"If we can get the footings in before winter, they can do a lot of work without weather being an issue," he said.
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