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Hub International now at corner of King and Germain

77 Germain Street (a.k.a 40 King Street), Saint John

In December of 2017 Hub International were approached by a local business about selling their property on Duke Street Uptown. This created a great opportunity for them to upgrade their location and stay in the Uptown Saint John core.   Hub International Atlantic is a division of Canada’s largest insurance broker,  and specializes in Commercial Insurance, Group Benefits, and Personal Insurance.  According to Neil Josselyn “Our Saint John location has 15+ employees, and we represent every major insurance company in Canada.” Josselyn further explained  “Our team had outgrown our Duke Street location, however we wanted to stay Uptown, and toured a  number of different options.  We decided that the sub-let opportunity on the 5th floor at the corner of King and Germain was the perfect location for us to call our new home.” Locals will know this building as home to many of Saint John’s local economic development agencies including Enterprise Saint John and the Chamber of Commerce.

The top priority in a new space was to get all of their staff on one level, while working in an open concept office environment.   This space on Germain Street  offered this and more.  The space has a modern kitchen, a recently redone office with up-to-date I.T. infrastructure.  However it maintained exposed brick walls and the radiators from the building’s past.  Josselyn went on to say “The location is incredible, offering views of both King Square and Saint John Harbour, all while being across the street from the City Market, and pedway system.”

Stephanie Turner, Partners Global, was the listing agent and also acted as Hub International’s local Tenant Representative in negotiating the sub-lease.

Saint John’s First Boutique Hostel Experience…Coming June 2018

36 Water Street, Saint John, New Brunswick

BunkHaus Boutique Hostel

After learning of different boutique hostels popping up around the world, Ingrid Woodhouse was inspired to create her very own hostel business here in New Brunswick. And, although there was no doubt from the beginning that Uptown Saint John was the best location for BunkHaus, it took some time to find the perfect spot.

“I looked at a few places but it wasn’t until we walked into 36 Water Street that I knew the hostel had found a home,” says Ingrid. “It has a beautiful exposed brick wall that really showcases our city’s character, huge storefront windows that let in tons of natural light, it’s uptown on a ground floor, has high ceilings, and it even has my ideal footprint of 2500sq ft. It was a total homerun.”

Ingrid hopes that BunkHaus will help draw more travelers to the city and is excited to bring affordable yet chic accommodations to the Uptown core. The hostel will offer both private rooms and custom timber-frame bunks with stair access the top beds. As for the common area there will be a fresh new communal kitchen, long harvest table for sharing meals, and a lounge area for guests to relax and meet one another. The addition of a minibar as well as an outdoor patio with hammocks and heat lamps are also part of the plan but will come later. On-site laundry and free Wi-Fi will be vailable too.

With traditional Saint John architecture of 12ft high ceilings, exposed brick, and large windows, there will be no problem making this space a home using local art, plants, and comfortable Scandinavian-inspired furnishings. Guests will feel right at home here as they share meals, music, and memories together in the communal spaces designed to bring people together.

“We’re incredibly delighted to see the BunkHaus coming uptown and look forward to the grand opening.  Without a doubt, this will be another great addition to the neighborhood.  Not only will this be very high quality, it will also satisfy a need in the marketplace.  We congratulate Ingrid on her vision and for seizing the opportunity,” says Keith Brideau of Historica Developments.

To follow renovations and keep up-to-date with news and future offers, follow @BunkHausHostel on Facebook and Instagram.
WEBSITE COMING SOON at www.bunkhaushostel.com.

Stephanie Turner, Partners Global worked with Ingrid to find the perfect space and represented BunkHaus in the negotiations in the Landlord, Historica Developments.

Breakout moving from Rothesay Ave to Parkway Mall

212 McAllister Drive, Saint John, New Brunswick

Photo Courtesy of Breakout Saint John

If you’ve driven by Parkway Mall recently you may have noticed a new sign. Breakout Saint John announced today that they are moving from their current location on Rothesay Avenue to this new location. They leased a portion of the former liquor store. Breakout Saint John is an award-winning entertainment and team-building company that offers themed escape room games. This area of east Saint John is well known as a high traffic retail node and provides them with much better visibility.

Julia Pugley, President, issued a Press Release in which she said “Not only does this mean a larger and more central location for this popular local business, it also includes the much-anticipated launch of all-new escape rooms and puzzles.” This is great news for fans of Breakout!

Breakout’s next new room is slated to open before the end of May and the company also plans to announce an official grand opening in the coming weeks. Visit their website: www.breakoutsaintjohn.ca

Stephanie Turner, Partners Global, represented the Tenant in the negotiations with Tidan Inc., the owners of Parkway Mall. 

Pre-leasing #91King Commercial Space

91 King Street, Saint John, New Brunswick

Up to 9,900 sq ft of PRIME ground floor commercial space for lease. The property was purchased by Integrity Real Estate Investment in March of 2018 and the property is currently undergoing major renovations. The final project is anticipated to be mixed-use with commercial on the ground floor and residential on the upper floors (just imagine those views!).

The commercial space will feature original terrazzo floors, high ceilings and large windows along both Charlotte and Kings streets. An ideal location for restaurant, big-box retail store (names that have been tossed around include H&M, Forever 21, Mountain Equipment Co-op), grocery store, pharmacy etc… Other uses discussed include a VIP movie theatre concept or IMAX (this building was on their radar at one time but timing was not right…now is the time!). The tweet below from 2014 is just one example of how members of the Saint John community have brainstormed & promoted potential uses for the space.

This strategic corner is second-to-none in uptown Saint John. A stone’s throw from the famous Saint John City Market. Across from Kings Square, the Imperial Theatre and Irving Oil’s new “Home Office”.  A major city transit hub is on the doorstep.

This property is not subject to heritage by-laws giving the new owners and commercial tenants greater flexibility in facade/storefront design and signage.

LEASING DETAILS HERE

Lorneville Mechanical leasing E.S. Fox building

405 King William Road, Saint John

As reported by HUDDLE, Lorneville Mechanical Contractor’s Ltd (“Lorneville”) announced this week that they won a contract to fabricate large modules as part of an expansion at the Irving Oil Refinery. Although they’re manufacturing the components at their current facility in the Spruce Lake Industrial Park, they required additional space. The nearby E.S. Fox building located at 405 King William Road was vacant and on the market. They’re using the Fox building for their tooling group and for some material storage associated with the project. “Given the short term nature of the contact, it didn’t make financial sense to purchase the building but we were fortunate enough to be able to negotiate a 9 month lease of the facility” says Todd Bethune, Lorneville’s C.F.O. There were other ways to satisfy the requirement for additional space but the close proximity to Lorneville’s current facility made the E.S. Fox building an ideal solution and both sides were pleased to be able to hammer out a deal.  

The 24,000 sq ft facility with 54’ clear ceiling height sits on 27 acres of land and is ideal for large module manufacturing. It will continue to be marketed for sale or lease and will be vacated by Lorneville in early March 2018. For more information on 405 King William Road click HERE

Stephanie Turner of Partners Global represented both the Landlord and Tenant in the transaction

How I approach CRE photography

I am very fortunate to be selling (and leasing) commercial real estate in a city with amazing architecture. With over 10 years in the industry, I have a discovered a few photography tricks of the trade. When taking exterior building shots, I like to ensure that the sun shining and that there’s a nice blue sky. If possible, I like to get leaves or plants in the foreground of the photo to help frame the shot and add depth.

I also try to get photos which help showcase the character of the property if applicable.

It only takes a few extra minutes to consider the lighting, angle and composition of the photo. With digital photography it costs nothing to snap a few extra “non traditional” shots to see what you get. Getting a good shot is not the final step… editing is also important. Creative cropping and fine tuning of exposure makes all the difference.

In an effort to improve my photography skills I have recently taken to honing my skills via online training and participating in a virtual social platform called Guru Shots.

 

 

 

JUST LISTED: 1,041 s.f. in Red Rose

12 Smythe Street, Saint John, NB “Red Rose”, Suite 126

1,041 sq ft of office space available for lease in the beautiful Red Rose building. This unique space features exposed brick and stone. Currently laid out with reception, 2 offices, storage room and small lunchroom/server room.

This iconic building was constructed in 1903 for the Red Rose Tea Company. Full restoration and conversion into offices was completed in 2001. Located in Saint John’s Central Business District with monthly and hourly adjacent surface parking.  For more info on building and other suites available CLICK HERE

Asking rent: $12.00/sq ft + $15.12/sq ft (CAM & Taxes)

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