Daily Archives: May 16, 2016

Crushed Red to expand to Illinois

The expansion of restaurateur Chris LaRocca’s Crushed Red Urban Bake & Chop isn’t slowing down as the fast-casual chain plans to open its first location in Illinois.

Crushed Red is expected to open a 3,000-square-foot space at 222 Park St. in the Park Street Plaza development in downtown Edwardsville in the fall, with renovations expected to begin in the summer, according to a spokeswoman for Hilliker Corp., the real estate firm that represented Crushed Red with the lease. Dark Street Plaza LLC is the landlord, according to the Hilliker release.

Crushed Red is expected to open a 3,000-square-foot space at 222 Park St. in the Park Street Plaza development in downtown Edwardsville in the fall, with renovations expected to begin in the summer, according to a spokeswoman for Hilliker Corp., the real estate firm that represented Crushed Red with the lease. Dark Street Plaza LLC is the landlord, according to the Hilliker release.

Crushed Red, which serves pizza, salads and soups, has three locations in St. Louis:

▪8007 Maryland Ave. in Clayton
▪140 S. Kirkwood Road in Kirkwood
▪11635 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur

Crushed Red also has two franchise locations in Colorado that opened last year.

A company spokeswoman told the Business Journal then that each restaurant makes $1.5 million in revenue a year.

The chain’s expansion is something LaRocca’s been planning since he opened his first location, in Clayton, in 2012.

“The goal is to concentrate on three or four open in the St. Louis metro area,” he said in 2013.

“If the concept does prove out, then we have the opportunity to go out of town.

“The mistake a lot of people make is they start thinking about location No. 6 before Location No. 2 and No. 3 are on solid ground.”
Crushed Red to expand to Illinois

Pipe manufacturer buys new headquarters building

Pittsburgh Pipe will move this fall from its longtime headquarters on the north Mississippi riverfront to a larger building it bought on Hampton Avenue for $675,000.

Commercial real estate firm Hilliker Corp. represented Pittsburgh Pipe and the Hampton property’s seller, Kroner Investments LLC, in the transaction, which closed March 10.

Pittsburgh Pipe manufactures and distributes steel casing pipe, polyethylene innerduct for utilities and other pipe products. The company will move from a 5,300-square-foot space at 170 Humboldt Ave. on the north riverfront to the 13,000-square-foot building at 2331 Hampton Ave. in St. Louis’ Clifton Heights neighborhood by Sept. 1 after renovation work on the Hampton site is complete.

CEO Joe Bergfeld estimates renovation costs to be about $200,000. The Hampton building previously held medical offices.

Pittsburgh Pipe had been in its current headquarters for 30 years, Bergfeld said. The company has listed the property for sale with Hilliker, asking nearly $1.3 million, he told the Business Journal.

Pittsburgh Pipe, founded in 1977, has 65 employees across its three locations: St. Louis and Buffalo, Missouri, and Litchfield, Illinois. Bergfeld said he plans to hire 25 employees over the next two years to add to his sales, purchasing, administration and finance departments.

The company’s new Hampton Avenue headquarters will serve as office space for Pittsburgh Pipe’s sales, administration and executive staff.

Pipe Manufacturer Buys New Headquarters Building

Crazy Bowls and Wraps sells headquarters to Mission Taco

Crazy Bowls and Wraps has moved into a new headquarters in Olivette after selling its previous base in Webster Groves to Mission Taco.

The fast-casual chain closed on the $620,000 sale of 286 East Ave. in Webster Groves to Mission Taco on Feb. 4, according to Hilliker Corp. broker Jeff Altvater, who represented Crazy Bowls.

The 12,000-square foot Webster building housed Crazy Bowls’ offices and also formerly held a commissary, Hillker said in a release Tuesday.

Mission Taco, which will open its third location in the Central West End in early- to mid-May, now will use the building for its corporate offices and commissary kitchen, co-owner Adam Tilford said. Parent company Tilford Restaurant Group sold its previous commissary kitchen at 2240 Edwards St. on The Hill in late March. Its corporate offices were located above Mission Taco’s Delmar location. The Tilford Restaurant Group’s catering company, Cater al Fresco, and the Mission Taco food truck also will be housed out of the Webster Groves location. Mission Taco also has a location in Soulard.

Crazy Bowls, started by St. Louis natives Keith and Gail Kitis in 1994, moved its corporate offices April 15 to a 5,500-square-foot leased space at 10403 Baur Blvd. at the Warson Commerce Center in Olivette, according to Altvater. Ppm/Baur LLC owns the Warson Commerce Center, according to St. Louis County Assessor data. Sabina Holtzman, broker/owner with St. Louis Commercial Real Estate, represented Ppm/Baur.

Crazy Bowls and Wraps has 15 St. Louis-area locations and four in the San Diego area.

Crazy Bowls and Wraps sells headquarters to Mission Taco