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New retailers sign into Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove, Minn.

BY Michael Fickes

Minneapolis — The Opus Group has announced office and retail leases and two land sales in the Arbor Lakes development in Maple Grove, Minn.

Pro Ag Management Inc. will occupy 9,179 sq. ft. on the second floor of the North End Office and Retail Building. With the Pro Ag lease, the center’s office space is now 100% leased. On the retail side, Sola Salon Studios has leased 4,524 sq. ft. of ground-level retail space in the same building. Colliers International brokers represented the tenants as well as Opus in these transactions.

The land sales took place at the Fountains at Arbor Lakes. KF Dental Company LLC acquired 1.3 acres, and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers purchased1.39 acres.

Hempel Companies represented KF Dental, while Colliers brokers represented Freddy’s and Opus www.opus-group.com in the sale transactions.

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Dickey’s BBQ Pit to Plaza Escondida in Tucson

BY Michael Fickes

Tucson, Ariz. — Dickey’s BBQ Pit has signed a 2,700-sq.-ft. lease at the Plaza Escondida Shopping Center in Tucson, Ariz. Keller Williams Southern Arizona represented the tenant in the transaction. CBRE represented the landlord, Roseville Tucson LLC.

Dickey’s BBQ Pit is one of the fastest growing chains in the country, ranking fourth on Nation’s Restaurant News Second 100 list. The franchise has four other locations in Arizona, all in the Phoenix metro area. This lease marks the first location in Tucson and southern Arizona.

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Increased connectivity hits home

BY CSA STAFF

Consumers who need to adjust the setting on their Crock-Pot or Mr. Coffee will be able to do so without ever setting foot in the kitchen thanks to new innovations Jarden Consumer Solutions is bringing to market in 2014.

The global consumer products leader identified increased connectivity and household control as a key trend for 2014 which informed the company product development. Accordingly, Jarden integrated the WeMo SMART platform into many of its most popular products to give them Internet connectivity and functionality many consumers may not have realized they needed. For example, whether the product is a Crock-Pot slow cooker, Mr. Coffee coffee maker or Holmes space heater, consumers will be able to access, engage and control the product remotely via an app on their smart phone or tablet.

Jarden said a Crock-Pot it will introduce next year will allow users to turn it on or off, adjust the temperature or extend the cooking time. This first-of-its-kind connected product solution will deliver extraordinary control, convenience, and peace of mind to consumers for the suggested price of $99, according to Jarden.

Similar capabilities have been added to a new for 2014 Mr. Coffee with WeMo SMART Technology. Consumers will be able to program individual brew times for up to seven days and make adjustments from anywhere at anytime. The product is also said to feature innovations that will allow coffee lovers to set notifications as reminders to fill the coffeemaker with water and grounds, and to tell them when the coffee is ready.

Under the Holmes brand, Jarden said it will introduce three “smart” products that enable consumers to control the products from the next room or across town. One practical application would allow a consumer returning home on a chilly evening to turn on the heater before arriving.

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