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#251 JBB

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 09:11 PM

I'll be excited if it's true, but I can see Shake Shack experiencing similar popularity and responses to In-n-Out. Long lines and a general "That's it?" or "<insert local name> has a better burger" sentiment. I think it's really good, but people will be expecting more than a really good quick service burger based on the hype.

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Posted 20 September 2016 - 11:40 AM

I'll be excited if it's true, but I can see Shake Shack experiencing similar popularity and responses to In-n-Out. Long lines and a general "That's it?" or "<insert local name> has a better burger" sentiment. I think it's really good, but people will be expecting more than a really good quick service burger based on the hype.

 

And yet, after all the hype has died down, In-N-Out is still popular.  I go there once in a while and it's always crowded.

 

I haven't heard *any* hype about Shake Shack.  Never heard of 'em.


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Posted 20 September 2016 - 01:16 PM

I think Hopdoddy would be a better fit. I've never experienced Shake Shack.



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Posted 20 September 2016 - 03:53 PM

The Dallas location got some press when it opened a few weeks ago but nothing on the level of In-n-Out. I would put Shake Shack somewhere between In-n-Out and Hopdoddy or Rodeo Goat. Simple burgers with a couple of regional variations at each location, a chicken sandwich, and hot dogs along with crinkle fries and custard shakes. I've only been to a couple of the locations in NYC and it was good. We went to the Madison Square Park location at 10pm and waited 30 minutes to order. The Battery Park location wasn't anywhere near that busy for a late Friday lunch.

I agree with Mr. Brightside. I would have rather seen a Hopdoddy at this location.

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 07:36 PM

The signage is up on the new Tom Thumb.

 

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Posted 21 November 2016 - 12:17 AM

The signage is up on the new Tom Thumb.
 
Awesome. What would be even better is when I see Ascension Coffee signage going up. :-)



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Posted 21 November 2016 - 08:47 AM

I rode by on the bike trail on Saturday, and I did not see any activity at the space scheduled for the coffee shop.



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Posted 21 November 2016 - 10:28 PM

So I see from the photo that a Starbucks is going in as well. So there will be 2 locations across the street from each other?

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Posted 21 November 2016 - 10:40 PM

The Starbucks stores that are typically inside Tom Thumb aren't full-blown Starbucks with the full menu.  I would imagine there's enough traffic in that area for both to survive.  The location in the grocery store will probably pull in a lot of impulse buyers that wouldn't go out of their way to make a separate stop across the street.



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Posted 22 November 2016 - 12:08 AM

So I see from the photo that a Starbucks is going in as well. So there will be 2 locations across the street from each other?

Well that's really not all that uncommon. 

That old Simpsons joke is pretty relevant...

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Posted 22 November 2016 - 03:28 PM

Wait until the Starbucks is open at the Tom Thumb at Left Bank, that will make Target, MP, and Tom Thumb all locations for Starbucks.



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Posted 09 December 2016 - 09:47 AM

Tom Thumb is opening today.



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Posted 09 December 2016 - 10:45 AM

That was actually a pretty quick turn.


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 09:04 AM

Might I add that the Tom Thumb at West Bend is truly a more urban concept store than the Tom Thumb in the Left Bank project. I'm still really disappointed in the "urban concept" Tom Thumb there....



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Posted 13 December 2016 - 09:46 AM

How much of the "Urban Concept" (and shortcomings?) is due to small store size?  (I assume the West Bend location is smaller.)


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 11:05 AM

The West Bend location is 1/3 the size of typically TT according to a video I saw on the ST. Which doesn't necessarily make it urban but it does allow for a better pedestrian experience with a small parking lot, smaller store front, smaller carbon footprint, and more intimacy with the trees and surrounding buildings. I think when they build out the next phase of this project next year, it will showcase how a large grocer can exist in a small dense development that promotes a pedestrian friendly atmosphere along the river.



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Posted 13 December 2016 - 04:27 PM

Might I add that the Tom Thumb at West Bend is truly a more urban concept store than the Tom Thumb in the Left Bank project. I'm still really disappointed in the "urban concept" Tom Thumb there....

 

Honestly, the only thing that makes it disappointing is the wall being on the busiest street. 

If they just arranged at least one entrance and a couple windows, it would be a dramatic improvement. 


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Posted 14 December 2016 - 07:42 AM

Might I add that the Tom Thumb at West Bend is truly a more urban concept store than the Tom Thumb in the Left Bank project. I'm still really disappointed in the "urban concept" Tom Thumb there....

 

 

The West Bend location is 1/3 the size of typically TT ......but it does allow for a better pedestrian experience with a small parking lot, smaller store front, smaller carbon footprint, and more intimacy with the trees and surrounding buildings....

 

Consideration should be given to the original tenant of this space, Fresh Market, whose concept was to replicate the feel of a neighborhood market instead of the warehouse feeling one gets in today's supermarkets.  FM, nonetheless and without the larger resources of TT, had a better grocer's experience in that it felt like a neighborhood market.

 

TT @ Left Bank , I presume, will try to be a hybrid of the neighborhood-supermarket concept. TT@LB success may depend largely on how quickly the residential/pedestrian  population grows in its immediate area.



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 01:12 PM

Bartaco will be leasing 5k SF in the WestBend development.

 

Per the article, this will be located across from H&G if it is to have views of the river.



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 03:47 PM

Exactly what this market needs--more taco places--sarcasm intended



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Posted 31 July 2017 - 12:28 PM

"Less than a year since it opened, the Tom Thumb in the WestBend shopping center near University Drive will close in September."

 

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 12:43 PM

"Less than a year since it opened, the Tom Thumb in the WestBend shopping center near University Drive will close in September."

 

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Well that's discouraging... 


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 12:53 PM

It will not even last as long as the Fresh Market.  It was probably too close to the other two Tom Thumb stores, and because it was small, the selection of groceries was much more narrow. The news is very discouraging. 



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Posted 31 July 2017 - 01:11 PM

Time to rethink that space. 

Retail, perhaps?


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 01:18 PM

I would say that after two attempts with a grocery store that it would be time for another use.  Retail may be the answer, but it would have to be something that could withstand having a deep space, if it was subdivided. 



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Posted 31 July 2017 - 01:22 PM

Anyone have the square footage of that space?


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 01:33 PM

I think the Tom Thumb is about 23,000 square feet.



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Posted 31 July 2017 - 07:59 PM

I think a Walgreens or a CVS would be great there

Is it me or does anyone feel like Westbend is not as successful as it should be? The location is great and I can't seem to put my finger on it. There are still several spaces that have been empty for a long time or have not had any tenant at all.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 08:13 PM

I think it is hurt by older and nearly vacant River Plaza office buildings built along the river and to the north.  I also think that the extended stay hotel on the south end does not help the development.  I'm also pretty sure that stiff competition from University Park Village has also impacted leasing.  I don't think it would be too much of a stretch to say that Clearfork and Left Bank have also made some impact on leasing.



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Posted 07 August 2017 - 02:07 PM

I'm not wild about the configuration and the grade. Just driving through the parking lot it just seems like the retail was just thrown in there because...well, why not.



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Posted 12 August 2017 - 06:55 PM

I also think that the extended stay hotel on the south end does not help the development.

 
 

I'm not wild about the configuration and the grade. Just driving through the parking lot it just seems like the retail was just thrown in there because...well, why not.


The thing to remember is that this is Phase I of the development. Phase II will replace the hotel.


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