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White House Black Market Coming to Sundance Square
By David Alvey
May 10, 2014
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Sundance Square, Fort Worth’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment district, announced today White House Black Market, a national women’s retailer, will open a 3,815-square-foot store at the corner of Houston and Third Streets, across the from The Loft. Located at 401 Houston Street, White House Black Market has begun to build out their space and plans to open in July.



“We have been talking with more national retailers as we look to attract additional soft good and apparel stores into Sundance Square’s mix,” said Johnny Campbell, president and CEO of Sundance Square. “In the past few years, we have seen significant interest from national retailers who are considering downtown Fort Worth for their portfolios. With a history of strong occupancies among office and residential space, Fort Worth is the perfect location for retailers looking for expansion.”

Bill Booker, Director of Leasing with Sundance Square, negotiated the deal.

Downtown Fort Worth has been widely recognized for its outstanding quality of life. Recently, Fort Worth was named the number one downtown in America by Livability.com. There are 45,000 people who work in downtown Fort Worth that are in the heart of a vibrant community with an abundance of shops, cultural destinations, and restaurants.

“With the opening of Sundance Square Plaza and two new buildings bookending the one-acre space, Sundance Square’s visibility has grown even bigger,” says Campbell. “The Westbrook and Commerce Building are more than 90% percent leased and we will open The Cassidy this summer. Sundance Square sets the bar high and we thrive on offering tenants and retailers exciting new opportunities.”

Sundance Square recently opened the Silver Leaf Cigar Lounge in the Commerce Building to rave reviews. The cigar lounge is a 2,100 square foot upscale venue that offers cigars, humidors, pipes and more for the guests who enjoy a good cigar and a fine drink. The state-of-the-art ventilation system ensures a pleasurable atmosphere for all guests.

The United States is the largest purveyor of cigars and the market seems only to be growing according to Global Industry Analysts, Inc. The global market for cigars is projected to reach 22.7 billion sticks by 2018.

Silver Leaf’s 350 square foot patio was a hot seat among the NCAA Final Four and Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival guests that recently rolled into Sundance Square. Beautiful Texas weather, coupled with Silver Leaf’s offerings, will make the venue one of the most sought out destinations in downtown for a long time.

On Sundance Square’s restaurant scene, a new Korean inspired culinary destination, Hoya Korean Kitchen, will open in July. Restauteur Odes Kim, will bring his Korean influences to Sundance Square’s loyal culinary followers. Hoya will be located at the corner of Taylor and 3rd Street at the base of Sundance Square garage 3.

Mr. Kim, who emigrated from South Korea to the United States in 1980, will offer well-known Korean foods such as Kimchi, Bibimbap, and Bulgogi. Mr. Kim is known for his successful Japanese restaurant, Little Katana in Highland Park.

“Hoya Korean Kitchen culinary vision emphasizes the use of fresh ingredients combined with classic and innovative Korean recipes,” said Kim. “American’s love Asian food, and they are becoming more familiar with Korean cuisine.”

Asian designer, Hatsumi Kuzuu has been retained to design the interior of the fast casual restaurant. Kuzzu has designed Tei An, Brownstone, Urban Taco, Sissy’s and the 2013 award winning FT33.

The focal point of the restaurant’s seating will be the creation of an extraordinary indoor-outdoor seating area. Equipped with a large retractable roof system, Hoya Korean Kitchen will provide guests with the beauty of a tempered dining room but with the flexibility of an outdoor patio.

Bill Booker, Director of Leasing with Sundance Square, negotiated the deal.

White House Black Market offers fashionable and sophisticated clothing and accessory items, from everyday basics, to wear-to-work, to elegant fashion, primarily in black and white and related shades with seasonal color splashes. White House Black Market currently operates more than 400 boutiques and over 50 outlets across the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. WH|BM publishes a monthly catalog highlighting its latest fashions and connects with customers at www.whbm.com.
Sundance Square is a vibrant 35-block commercial, residential, entertainment and retail district where people work, live, shop and dine among beautiful landscaping, red-brick streets and turn-of-the-century buildings. More information about Sundance Square can be found at www.SundanceSquare.com.