Chuck Siegel of NAI/Rohde, Ottmer, Siegel Real Estate Servicesworked with Fallas-Paredes, an off-price retailer from Gardena thathas bought the leases from US bankruptcy court. Fallas-Paredes paid$1.6 million for the leases and spent another $600,000 to $800,000to satisfy previous Weiner's debts with building owners.

The stores, most about 25,000 sf apiece, are in San Antonio,Houston, Dallas and Valley cities such as Harlingen, Brownsvilleand McAllen. Weiner's, an off-price apparel retailer based inHouston, filed for bankruptcy protection in June, closing its 97stores in four states.

A Weiner's insider told that most of the stores aredoing business and the rest will open in plenty of time for theholiday shopping season. That helps pick of the retail slack leftby the departure of Weiner's. Three are in the San Antonio retailcenters of Southwest Junction, Fair Oaks and Crossroads Mall.

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