Whataburger signed a long-term lease for a pad site to build a30,949-sf restaurant, with its familiar orange pitched roof, thatwill come on line at the same time as the center. Ed James of MoodyRambin Interests represented the tenant in the lease negotiations.The 50-year-old chain has 575 restaurants in seven southern statesand Juarez and Tampico, Mexico.

David Meyers was the in-house representative for property owner,Houston-based NewQuest Properties. Meyers tells GlobeSt.com thatthe inline space in the center is 85% to 90% leased. As for the padsites, NewQuest currently is negotiating with two users, includinga bank.

Meyers says Antoine Town Center is filling quickly because it isbeing driven by the strength of its grocery anchor. He says this isthe case with all inline space in the market right now as stronganchors attract smaller retailers to the inline space. Theunanchored centers, he contends, are finding the marketparticularly challenging these days.

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