REAL ESTATE

Wine bar signs on at The Summit in Kentucky

BY Al Urbanski

The Summit at Fritz Farm has signed CRU Food & Wine bar to a growing roster of gourmet dining establishments at the $156 million project under construction in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Summit, scheduled to open next spring, will feature 1 million-sq.-ft. of retail, 306 apartments, a boutique hotel, and 48,000 sq. ft. of Class A office space, according to developer Bayer Properties.

The CRU Food & Wine concept involves ongoing education of oenophiles by a staff that educates them on wine pairings with Napa-style foods. The establishment offers more than 300 wine selections and sells 80 varieties by the glass.

Other restaurants scheduled to open at The Summit include Honeywood from renowned local chef Ouita Michel, The Barn food hall, and national brands such as Shake Shack and Blue Sushi.


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DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION

Neiman Marcus debuts high-tech mirror for trying on sunglasses

BY Marianne Wilson

Neiman Marcus is making it easier for customers to select their sunglasses.

The luxury department store retailer is launching a new technology, called the Sunglass Memory Mirror, in partnership with MemoMi and Luxottica Wholesale NA. The mirror, which is really a digital screen, allows sunglass shoppers to better engage with the product and create shareable shopping experiences. Click here to watch the technology in action.

Using the mirror, customers can view side-by-side ultra-high definition video comparisons themselves in different pairs of sunglasses, and also share the images via email and social media platforms. They can also save the images and access them later.

Initially the technology will be rolled out in five Neiman Marcus locations: Palo Alto, Calif.; San Francisco; Houston, NorthPark Center, Dallas; and Fashion Island, Newport Beach, Calif.

“The Sunglass Memory Mirror adds the whit and whimsy back to eyewear shopping,” said Scott Emmons, head of the Neiman Marcus Innovation Lab. “The ability to see how a frame looks from every angle and instantly share it with one’s social network reiterates Neiman Marcus’ objective to continually surprise and delight.”

This is the first time MemoMi’s MemoryMirror technology has been used in an in-store eyewear application. But the platform has been used in other in-store applications, including at Neman Marcus and Uniqlo, in the apparel departments.

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DEVELOPMENT/REDEVELOPMENT

Construction begins on long-awaited center in Fresno

BY Al Urbanski

The cranes have arrived at the 92-acre lot along Clovis Avenue in Fresno, California, to erect the parking garage at what will be Fancher Creek Town Center, and the locals couldn’t be happier.

“I think it’s super. We need something. You have to catch the freeway and go up north to get to anything,” resident Diana Williams told KFSN news in Fresno this week.

The Lance-Kashian & Company mixed-use project, in the works for nearly a decade, will situate 1 million sq. ft. of retail, lifestyle, and restaurant space amid residences and office space.

“It’s going to be work, live, play, and shop. I feel it’s going to explode simply because now you have the freeway 180 there,” said Fresno City Council member Sal Quintero.

Lance-Kashian literature on the Fancher Creek project says it’s intended to serve a population of 400,000 people living within a 15-mile radius.


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