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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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Taking the Cake: Sundance had pursued Cheesecake Factory for many years

The Cheesecake Factory had been on the white board over at Sundance Square management for some time

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Fort Worth businessman to lead Abbott, Patrick inauguration efforts

Fort Worth businessman Ardon Moore will chair the committee running inauguration festivities for Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick in January, it was announced on Friday.   Moore, president of Lee M. Bass Inc. in Fort Worth, is a vice chairman of the University of Texas Investment

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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Real Deals: Ridge Rock Plaza gets refinancing

 

Ridge Rock Plaza near Hulen Mall in Fort Worth remains on solid financial footing after CBRE’s Debt & Structured Finance group in Dallas arranged acquisition financing for the shopping center.
Working on behalf of Thackeray Partners, CBRE obtained an $11 million non-recourse, eight-year loan.
Ridge Rock, with 114,495 square feet along Overton Ridge Boulevard, is 100 percent occupied. Tenants include Bed Bath & Beyond, Michaels, Pier 1 Imports, Freebirds and Sleep Experts.
“Strong sponsorship, excellent tenancy, and outstanding trade area demographics are all reasons that Ridge Rock Plaza garnered a lot of interest from the lending community and we were able to secure attractive financing for the borrower,” said Matt Ballard in a news release.
Securing financing on behalf of the borrower were Scott Lewis, Matt Ballard and Patrick Benoist of CBRE’s Dallas Debt & Structured Finance group. Representing the seller were Chris Cozby, Chris Gerard and Kevin Holland of CBRE’s National Retail Investment Group.

KMM UNVEILS
DISTRIBUTION COMPLEX
Supply chain and logistics firm KMM Telecommunications has expanded its national distribution network with a 200,000-square-foot facility in Grapevine that is expected to bolster the company’s presence in the U.S. communications industry.
"The Dallas area is a terrifically dynamic region for the communications industry," said company CEO Katherine McConvey in a news release.
"Many of our customers and manufacturers have a strong presence there, and KMM is pleased to have a local facility to serve them," McConvey said.
The building features 200,000 square feet of Class A distribution space as well as 5,000 square feet of office space and 31 docks. It stands four miles north of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at 4051 N. State Highway 121.
The New Jersey-based company distributes communications equipment and does engineering and tower training services at this location.
Outside Texas, the company’s distribution footprint includes 34 facilities with 1.2 million square feet of warehouse space under roof. It has central distribution centers in California and New Jersey totaling 300,000 square feet.
"We took a hard look at our facility rationalization plan before deciding on the Dallas area," said John Campanelli, president of business operations. "We wanted to optimize transportation lanes to help control freight costs for our customers. We also wanted a large facility in the central U.S. to provide a certain amount of distribution redundancy to our coastal operations, which further enhances our disaster recovery program."
Established in 1991, KMM provides supply chain managed services to the U.S. communications market. More information on the privately held firm is available at www.kmmcorp.net


FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
OF GRAND PRAIRIE SOLD
First Baptist Church of Grand Prairie has been sold to Uplift Education.
The property, at 122 Northeast Second St., was listed for $4.9 million but the final purchase price was not disclosed. The church has 114,753 square feet of building space.
Brokering the sale was Gene J. Livens, church consultant and associate broker with Service Realty Inc., which specializes in church and school properties.

LEASES
Nationwide Insurance Co. has leased 1,528 square feet of retail space in Shops at Stone Creek, 3084 N. Goliad St. in Rockwall, from Metroplex Acquisition Fund LP. Representing the tenant in the transaction was Casey Tounget of Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance DFW, with Tim Thompson of Crestview Real Estate representing the landlord.
Attorneys Sergio Aleman and Mike Ramey have leased 1,500 square feet of office space in the Salazar Building, 851 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, from John R. Salazar Properties Inc. Representing the tenant was Monika Guzman-Perez of Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance DFW. Matt Miller of Jim Lake Inc. Realtors represented the landlord.


 

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