Baker Ahles & Kaskovich

March 26, 2014

New retailers on tap for Sundance Square, University Park Village

White House Black Market may open a store in Sundance Square, most likely in the new Westbroook Building, according to a recent filing.

New retailers are looking at Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth and University Park Village west of downtown.

Although both sides are not confirming, White House Black Market appears to be considering a store in Sundance Square, according to a recent permit filing.

The filing doesn’t list an address, but the store will likely go into the new Westbrook Building on the west side of the new plaza in a spot adjacent to Starbucks. Sundance executives have said that space would not go to a restaurant and was being held for a retailer.

Melanie Cohen-Nathan, a White House Black Market spokeswoman, said the company doesn’t confirm new store locations until leases are signed. “We don’t have any additional information right now,” she said. The chain operates other Tarrant County stores at the Arlington Highlands, University Park Village in Fort Worth, Paragon Outlets in Grand Prairie and Southlake Town Square.

Over at University Park Village, property manager Susan Holland said it has signed J.McLaughlin, a 35-year-old women’s and men’s clothing and accessories store founded in Brooklyn, for the south side of the property, between Anne Taylor and Lemongrass Salon.

Interior construction on the 1,200-square-foot store will start April 1 and take 60 to 90 days, she said.

J.McLaughlin’s other Texas stores are at Prestonwood Center in Dallas, and in San Antonio and Houston.

And Austin-based jewelry maker Kendra Scott may be looking to University Park Village for a store as well, according to a recent filing.

Holland said the center hasn’t executed a lease with Kendra Scott and an email request for comment to the retailer’s headquarters went unanswered.

Holland said the shopping center may announce next week which retailers will occupy the space once occupied by the Barnes & Noble bookstore, which is being divided into smaller spaces.

Lockheed plant lost 500 jobs in past year

We became curious about employment at Lockheed Martin’s aeronautics complex in west Fort Worth last week after officials there told our writer Steve Campbell that the plant has 12,500 workers.

For more than a year, we had been told that there were about 14,000 people working for Lockheed in west Fort Worth. We reported on some layoffs and buyouts early last year, as the company dealt with tightening defense budgets, but nothing approaching 1,500 jobs.

Lockheed spokesman Ken Ross did a little digging to square the numbers for us. Turns out the 14,000 figure included about 1,000 workers who were “badged” out of Fort Worth but actually reported to work at other Lockheed facilities, such as the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, where the F-35 is being tested, Ross said.

So with employment at 12,500, that means the plant lost about 500 jobs during 2013 after some layoffs and a voluntary buyout program. Ross said the employment figure is reassessed at the end of each year. — Steve Kaskovich

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