Kinsey Crossing getting final touches

Published on Sunday, 23 February 2014 22:02 - Written by CASEY MURPHY

Construction crews are working to put finishing touches on the Kinsey Crossing retail center, making way for eight new businesses to open within the next two months.

Bobby Asad, 45, who owns Sonoma Grill and Fish City Grill in Tyler, bought the 3-acre lot at the corner of Kinsey Drive and Loop 323 and developed it into a 24,000-square-foot mixed retail shopping center. Construction began in September.

“We are trying to keep a high-end center; keep it boutique,” Greg Caton, of Caton Property Group, said of the center, at 1400 WSW Loop 323. “The center is a one-stop deal. ... It will be a nice addition to the city.”

Caton, who leases and manages the property, said there are eight businesses coming into the center and should be opening within 60 days, while some could open sooner.

Four restaurants offering different concepts will open in Kinsey Crossing.

Athens-based Rounder’s Pizza will serve gourmet pizzas, pastas and salads.

“Rounder’s will be over the top and super nice,” he said, adding that it will have a nearly 2,000-square-foot patio on the side of the center.

Reggie’s Burgers also will be a high-end restaurant, similar to a Johnny Rockets, he said. The original Reggie’s Burgers, Dogs & Fries is in Texarkana.

The Brass Tap is a franchise out of Tampa, Fla., but it will be locally operated. Caton said it’s a brew house that offers more than 300 types of specialty beer, as well as finger foods and 25 televisions. It will have an outdoor patio in front of the center.

Dunkin’ Donuts will serve breakfast and lunch.

The chain announced in 2012 that it was looking for franchisees to open restaurants in the Tyler area.

“The company is excited to come into a market like East Texas and to fully round out our presence in the state,” Grant Benson, vice president of franchising and development for Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., said at the time. “We feel the brand is right for the people in that area.”

Caton said the businesses in Kinsey Crossing will cater to men and women.

Head Masters, a hair salon; Kelley’s Nail Salon; Tru Tan and Mattress HQ also will be in the center, which is about 95 percent leased, Caton said.

There are a couple of spots remaining, and he said he is talking to additional businesses about joining the space, but he couldn’t divulge them because they’re not done deals.

“Bobby (Asad) wanted to create a different image for that corridor,” Caton said.

The center will have contemporary look finishes and include windows that offer character, as well as great light for the tenants. They put in a concrete parking lot, a nice monument sign and are working on landscaping, he added.

“We’ve got a great demographic,” Caton said of why the area is good for new businesses. “You have good restaurant sales through there and … traffic counts … 980 cars pass through there every 15 minutes.”

Caton also represents the property under construction across the street.

Harry Leatherwood and David Dial own what will be a 10,000-square-foot professional office space at 1321 WSW Loop 323. Caton said it is set up for five suites but can be maneuvered to fit the tenants. He said they can start delivering space there within 30 days.

They want it to be upper-end professional offices for professions, such as lawyers, accountants or oil and gas businesses, he said.

“It’s a good spot,” he said. “It’s right in the middle of town.”