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Velocity Retail announces recent transactions

Following is a summary of recent retail transactions completed by Velocity Retail Group, LLC:

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen was represented by Darren Pitts, Michael Clark, Nick Ault, and Dave Cheatham of Velocity Retail in the acquisition of 2,565 SF at the southwest corner of Central and Dunlap in Phoenix, AZ. The former KFC building was represented by Jason Fessinger of Strategic Retail Group, the Landlord was an entity controlled by Lawrence Geyser & Associates.  The site will be repurposed for the new Popeye’s location, set to next this year.

Judi Butterworth and Nick Ault of Velocity Retail represented the landlord at Peoria Sunnyside Plaza, located at the northwest corner of Olive Avenue and 51st Avenue in Glendale, AZ, in leasing 1,500 SF to Cox Communications. The tenant was represented by Regan Amato of Phoenix Commercial Advisors. The new location will open the first quarter of 2015.

Michael Clark and John Jackson of Velocity Retail Group leased 2,765 SF at the northeast corner of Tangerine Road and Dove Mountain Boulevard in Marana, AZ. The tenant, Sunset Interiors was represented by Richard Speiser of KW Commercial, Southern Arizona.

Velocity Retail Group’s Andy Kroot represented tenant Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in the lease of 2,741 SF at the SEC of I-10 and Dysart Road in Avondale, AZ. The new location is just one of many Krispy Kreme plans to open as they expand throughout the Valley. The landlord was represented by Jennifer Eggert of Zell Commercial RE Services.

Michael Clark and John Jackson represented the landlord of Park West at the NWC of Northern and Loop 101 in Peoria, AZ in a 6,500 square foot lease to The Cabin Modern Whiskey Bar.  The new restaurant is owned by Chris Tsailakis of My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, Whiskey Row Saloon, Caio 89, and several other popular Arizona restaurants. Tsailakis was represented by Chip Diamond of Diamond Properties in the transaction. The Cabin Modern Whiskey Bar is slated for opening in the first quarter of 2015.

Darren Pitts and Michael Clark of Velocity Retail Group represented Mattress Firm in the lease of 4,000 SF at Deer Valley Towne Center, located at the SWC of I-17 and Loop 101 in Phoenix, AZ. The new location will open in the first quarter of 2015. The landlord was represented by Kalen Rickard of Strategic Retail Group.

Velocity Retail’s Larry Miller, John Jackson, and Michael Clark represented Bethany Towne Center at the NEC of Bethany Home and 35th Avenue in Glendale, AZ, in the lease of 1,300 SF to Kelly D Nails and Spa. The salon joins a great tenant line-up at the shopping center, which includes a Walmart, YouFit Gym, and Harbor Freight Tools.

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Fired Pie delivers with hot new concept

Here’s the beautiful thing about Fired Pie: In less time than a typical commercial break, the staff at Fired Pie can make you a fresh pizza that suits your taste and specifications.

Fired Pie is the latest Chipotle-inspired build-your-own-meal, fast-casual dining concept to hit the Valley. The creation of veteran restaurateur Fred Morgan — the former CEO of Oregano’s — and partners Doug Doyle and Rico Cuomo, Fired Pie’s pizzas take three minutes to bake in a brick oven after customers choose their sauce, cheese, meats, vegetables and herbs.

“The fast-casual concept is really exploding,” Morgan said. “What we’ve been able to do here is create a concept that delivers high-quality gourmet pizza at a cost and convenience that appeals to the customer.”

During a recent visit to Fired Pie, that concept created a taste sensation.
We opted to try a pizza and the Steak & Blue, one of Fired Pie’s signature salads. Signature pizzas include Hawaiian barbecue with barbecue sauce, mozzarella, Canadian bacon, pineapple and cilantro; meaty Italian with tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, salami, capicola and sausage; and tomato basil with two types of mozzarella, tomato, basil and garlic. We chose to build our own pizza with tomato sauce, pepperoni and fresh mozzarella.

Pizzas and salads are $7.75, regardless of the number of toppings.

During our visit, both dishes were exceptional. I grew up in an Italian family in New York, eating amazing homemade pizzas that my Italian grandmother spent all day preparing, so I am very discriminating when it comes to Italian food. But I can honestly say that Fired Pie’s pizzas match or exceed the quality of other Valley pizza restaurants, and they even give my grandmother a run for her money. Sorry, Grandma. The quality of the ingredients far exceed the expectations one would have from a high-end Italian restaurant, let alone a fast-casual restaurant. But Fired Pie takes that fast-casual concept to a whole new level.

The great thing for me is that one of Fired Pie’s location is at Park Central Mall, which is right across the street from my Central Phoenix office. And customers are already lining up to take advantage of the three-minute cooking time that makes a Fired Pie pizza a healthy lunch option for downtown workers.

If you do decide to get off the healthy train for a moment, words cannot adequately express the mouth-watering deliciousness of the Fired Pookie, Fired Pie’s soft-baked chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream that only costs $3.

Trust me on this one. If Fired Pie doesn’t have you at pizza, they’ll hook you by Pookie.

Fired Pie has locations at 3049 W. Agua Fria Freeway, Deer Valley Towne Center, Phoenix; 3110 N. central Ave., Phoenix; and one coming soon to Chandler.

For more information, visit firedpie.com.