Studio Movie Grill, which is taking 37,940 sf, is pushing toopen by year end on a second floor of the 1.1-million-sf project at800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. Tuscan Grille and Yard House, bothplanning to open between spring and summer, have taken 9,000 sf and8,531 sf, respectively. The leases average 10 years.

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Retail asks are in the low $40 per sf, net, withtenant-improvement allowances averaging $50 per sf for the539,319-sf retail component. "Many of the retailers are spending$175 to $200 per sf and some of the restaurants are spending asmuch as $300 per sf," says Jonathan Brinsden, executive vicepresident and COO for the Houston-based developer, Midway Cos.

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Brinsden tells GlobeSt.com that CityCentre is more than 50%committed on the retail side, with most of the big users andrestaurants in place. "Beyond the office, there were three criticalcomponents to this: Lifetime Fitness, the hotel and movietheater," he says. "Those three components really shaped theproject." Following that, he says the team focused on restaurantleasing, with "almost every restaurant we've done either new toHouston or new to Texas."

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Now it's time to focus on filling up the rest of the space."We're getting down to more traditional retail leasing on thislevel," he says. "We'll focus on soft goods, fashion and hardgoods." One just-signed tenant is Anthropologie, which took 11,500sf. Its opening is slated for late 2009.

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Meanwhile, CityCentre's 475,000 sf of office space in twobuildings is more than 90% leased. Brinsden says the master plancalls for a third 200,000 sf office building with 30,000 sf ofretail, but no groundbreaking date has been set.

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