Shawn Ackerman, executive vice president with Dallas-based HenryS. Miller Commercial's Houston office, nearly vacant, nine-storybuilding at 102 N. Mesa St. was a logical buy for National Stores."Right now, Fallas leases three combined stores across the street,"he says. "It made sense for them to buy the building, occupy thefirst two floors and do something above it."

The seller, VEK 2 LP, was represented by Dan Foster, a retailbroker with Grubb & Ellis in El Paso. The buyer's team includedJason Gaines, an assistant vice president with Henry S. MillerCommercial.

Ackerman confirms that Fallas Paredes will fill the first twofloors. The remaining floors will be dedicated to office space andapartments. "There are tenants currently occupying the apartmentsection and they'll leave that alone," he tells

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