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DALLAS-Leasing activity is up across all product type in Dallas-Fort Worth, with 16 deals stacking up more than 127,000 sf in “bread and butter” deals in Dallas, Fort Worth and their suburbs.

The office/tech market cornered the largest amount, 63,582 sf in four renewals. Merrill Corp. signed the largest in the mix, 40,496 sf in a five-year deal for Skyline Business Center at 501 N. Stemmons in Dallas. The 105,745-sf building is now 83% occupied.

“We renewed them and locked them up so they wouldn’t leave,” Helen Hudson of TIG Real Estate Services in Dallas stresses to GlobeSt.com. She represented GE Capital, the building owner, and David Brown of CB Richard Ellis Inc. negotiated for Merrill, a long-time tenant.

Hudson also cornered an 11,904-sf renewal for GE Capital at its now 97%-occupied Northway Business Plaza at 3210 Belt Line Rd. in Farmers Branch. David Easterling of CB Richard Ellis represented the tenant, Audio Visual Innovations Inc. GE Capital also got a renewal for 5,982 sf its Valwood Business Center at 1321 Valwood Parkway in Carrollton. SMS Systems Maintenance Inc. re-upped for three years, with Hudson’s talking.

National Health Labs stayed put in 9,400 sf at Northgate Business Park at 9876 Chartwell in Dallas’ northeast corridor. Hudson represented building owner, Kennedy & Associates in the two-year lease.

On the retail side, Au Bon Pain will open its first locations in the Dallas CBD Aug. 1 at Crescent Court and later in the month at Fountain Place. Bakery franchise operator FGR Restaurants LP signed 10-year leases for 2,816 sf at the Crescent and 10,292 sf at Fountain Place. Michael Silliman is Fort Worth-based Crescent Real Estate’s leasing manager for the Crescent, now 99.8% leased, and Kirby White handles Fountain Place, which hit the 98% mark with the deal. Nash Flores of FGR Restaurants negotiated the leases for the franchise operator.

A rash of office deals brought a 14,780-sf pact for Crescent’s Palisades Central II at 2435 N. Central Expressway. GTESS Corp., an outsource provider to the health-care industry, will move in during the third quarter. The firm will exit 1701 N. Collins in Richardson. The long-term deal was crafted by Bill Rudd, Crescent’s in-house leasing manager, and Jeff Ellerman of the Staubach Co. The 237,731-sf building hit 87% leased when the papers were signed.

Fort Worth’s Overton Center II at 4100 International Plaza gets a 13,153-sf tenant in a deal structured by Sam Hocker and Lee Wagner, both of Grubb & Ellis Co. in Dallas, and the Trammell Crow Co. team of William Behr and Leland Browse. The Grubb & Ellis duo represented Provider Networks of America in the long-term direct deal while Behr and Browse negotiated on behalf of building owner, CMD Realty Investors.

CMD also gets Flexible Benefits Group Inc. for 3,136 sf at its 14850 Quorum office building. Jim Lob and Brinkley Brown, both of Grubb & Ellis, bargained the terms for the tenant and Michael Bowles of the John Bowles Co. represented CMD.

Lob and Brinkley also closed a 3,068-sf lease for Dallas Marketing Group Inc. at Two Hillcrest Green at 12720 Hillcrest Rd. in Dallas. Bill Bond of the Bradford Cos. handled talks for the building owner, St. Paul Properties.

The G&E team of Lob, Brian Cheek and Michelle Stanley put client Ameriquest Mortgage Co. into a 2,578-sf office at Granite Park II at 5700 Granite Parkway in Plano. Ron McClure of Granite Properties handled the building owner’s side of the talks.

In Lewisville, Pathway Publishers moved into 10,289 sf at Vista Point Business Center at 405 Texas 121 in a relocation from within the same submarket. The long-term lease provides headquarters space. Dan Spika of Henry S. Miller Commercial represented the tenant and Chris Jackson of the Robert Lynn Co. brokered terms for the building owner.

In Arlington, Henry S. Miller Commercial identified its new office location, 2301 E. Lamar Blvd., for its Great Southwest Division, being led by Mark Skinner, senior vice president.

Also in Arlington, the Power in Praise Church renewed a 1,200-sf lease for Columbus Square at 2905 Galleria. Nell Council of SCM Real Estate Services in Arlington represented the local building owner, Anna Sassi. SCM’s Theron Bryant slid Dr. Michael W. Phillips into a 984-sf office at 1601 E. Lamar in Arlington. He spoke for the building owner, LSF II Lamar LP and Sylvia Phillips negotiated the tenant’s terms.

SCM’s Beaux Riley brokered a renewal and expansion in a 1,286-sf signing with Lone Star Home Loan in Euless Main Village at 416 N. Main St. Village People Ltd. is the building owner.

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