Industries

Retail, Restaurant, & Consumer

Representative Matters

National Home Improvement Retailer Subleases

Negotiation, on behalf of a national big-box home improvement retailer, of subleases for four big-box properties located in three states to a national big-box garden supply retailer.

National Movie Theatre Chain Multiple Leases

Negotiation, on behalf of a national movie theater chain, of several leases in multiple states, including a ground lease in Virginia for a joint venture with a bowling chain.

National Developer in Numerous Retail Leasing Matters for Shopping Centers

Representation of a national developer in numerous retail leasing matters for shopping centers in multiple U.S. states, including: the negotiation of a big-box lease in Simi Valley, CA with a national movie theater chain; a restaurant lease in Downey, CA with a national franchisor; and a ground lease in Highland Village, TX with a national bank.

Department Store Chain Subleasing

Representation of a department store chain in the subleasing of big-box retail buildings located in multiple U.S. states.

Leasing and Redevelopment of Retail Shopping Centers

Representation of a private equity real estate investment firm in the leasing and redevelopment of retail shopping centers in multiple U.S. states, including complex redevelopment-related leases and lease amendments.

Leasing and Development of Retail Shopping Centers in Texas

Representation of a joint venture partner in the leasing and development of numerous retail shopping centers in Texas, including big-box fitness center leases with NFL-affiliated and other national fitness center tenants.

Acquisition and Loan Assumption for Wichita Shopping Center

Representation of a national retail developer in connection with the purchase of a controlling interest of a shopping center in Wichita, Kansas and assumption of a mortgage loan in connection therewith.

Leasing of Hundreds of Mixed-Use and Lifestyle Centers and Shopping Malls

Leasing of hundreds of mixed-use and lifestyle centers and enclosed shopping malls, such as:

  • CambridgeSide Galleria, Cambridge, MA
  • Chestnut Hill Square, Newton, MA
  • Centennial Lakes, Edina, MN
  • Garden City Center, Cranston, RI
  • Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, MA
  • Legacy Place, Dedham, MA
  • Lynnfield Crossing, Lynnfield, MA
  • Northborough Crossing, Northborough, MA
  • Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA
  • Prudential Center, Boston, MA
  • Reston Town Center, Reston, VA
  • South Bay Center, Boston, MA
  • The Loop, Kissimmee, FL
  • The Loop, Methuen, MA
  • The Shoppes at Derby Street, Hingham, MA
  • Wisconsin Place, Chevy Chase, MD

Nationwide Leasing for Retailers

Representation of a wide range of retailers in connection with their retail stores across the country and internationally into malls, outlets, shopping centers and more, including: 

  • Bose
  • CarMax, Inc.
  • Soft Surroundings
  • Tory Burch 
  • Vince

Kraft Group Permitting and Development of Patriot Place in Foxborough, MA

Representation of The Kraft Group (TKG) in the permitting and development of Patriot Place, a 1.4M SF office, retail, entertainment and hotel complex at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.  The firm previously assisted TKG with securing federal, state and local approvals to build the $325 million professional football and soccer stadium.

Federal Realty Investment Trust Acquisition of Retail Shopping Center Portfolio in CA

Representation of Federal Realty Investment Trust in connection with the acquisition of a portfolio of retail shopping centers in Los Angeles, CA, including multiple layers of membership interest acquisitions, joint ventures, tax structuring, multiple lender consent processes, tax credit investor consents, and properties that were developed with a complex mix of urban renewal and other governmental subsidies. The deal was structured as a platform joint venture with Primestor Development Inc. to own the portfolio (which includes 1.3 million sq. ft. on 114 acres) and to buy and develop new centers in Los Angeles County.

WS Development Seaport Square Boston, MA

Representation of WS Development in its acquisition, development, financing, and leasing of more than 1.5 million square feet of retail in Boston’s Seaport District, which lies at the heart of Boston's waterfront redevelopment and is the largest urban redevelopment project in New England. The project includes the 23-acre Seaport Square, which will ultimately grow to 6.3 million square feet of retail, dining, residential, office, hotel and cultural uses. Seaport Square is a transit-oriented development involving substantial construction and connecting to existing MBTA stations and tunnel structures, and significant coordination with transit agencies.

Boston Properties Permitting, Development and Leasing of Prudential Center in Boston, MA

Representation of Boston Properties in permitting, development and leasing of Boston’s Prudential Center, including a 36-story office building, an 11-story office building, a 13-story hotel and residential building, a luxury condominium building, a supermarket and retail space.

Boston Properties Joint Venture with Delaware North Hub on Causeway TD Garden Expansion Project

Representation of Boston Properties (in a joint venture with Delaware North) regarding its “Hub on Causeway" TD Garden expansion project, a redevelopment which will encompass more than 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use retail, office, hotel, and residential. The firm’s representation includes joint venture formation with Delaware North, acquisition of the project by the JV, development of the first phase of the project and expansion to the Boston Garden development, phase one leasing, as well as options for future tower developments at the site. The site includes North Station, one of Boston’s two inbound terminals for buses, Amtrak, and MBTA commuter rail trains.

Federal Realty Investment Trust Assembly Row Somerville, MA

Representation of Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT) in connection with the development of Assembly Row in Somerville, Massachusetts. This partially completed mixed-use project is composed of multiple parcels and entitled for up to 2,100 residential units, 1.75 million square feet of commercial space, 512,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and cinema space and a 200-room hotel. In addition, the project includes construction of a bus and light rail mass transit station. Goulston & Storrs provided counsel in connection with structuring a series of transactions with AvalonBay for the latter to develop the first two parcels. Both will include ground floor retail space and multifamily residential rental units above. This project also included Brownfields redevelopment, condominium ownership structuring, improvements to state owned parks, REIT tax and other compliance issues and retail leasing.

Samuels & Associates Fenway Developments

Representation of Samuels & Associates in the development of multiple mixed-use projects involving retail, multifamily, office and tech/innovation elements. The firm has worked with this client to develop more than one-and-a-half million sq. ft. of new mixed-use development in the iconic Fenway neighborhood of Boston. The firm handles all of the permitting, zoning and land use, real estate structuring, development, and leasing for Samuels’ Fenway developments. 

FatFace Expansion into the United States

Representation of FatFace United Kingdom, a lifestyle clothing and accessories retailer on their expansion into the United States with leases for retail space in Portland, Maine, Lynnfield, Massachusetts, and Newport, Rhode Island. 

Landlords in Complex Leasing Negotiations with Major Brand Name Big Box Retailers

Representation of landlords in complex big box leasing negotiations for major brand name retailers such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, Best Buy, Burlington, DSW, Nordstrom Rack, Ross Stores, Saks Off Fifth, Staples, Ulta and the TJX Companies including their Homegoods, Homesense, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx concepts.

Hamleys, Ardene, LXR & Co., EXKi U.S. Expansion

Representation of a wide range of foreign retailers in connection with their expansion into North America. A sampling of these clients includes Hamleys, Ardene, LXR & Co., and EXKi.

PREIT $465M Acquisition of Springfield Town Center

Representation of PREIT in connection with on its $465M acquisition of the newly re-developed Springfield Town Center in Springfield, VA.

Movie Theater Leasing and Management Agreements

Movie theater leasing and management agreements both for landlords and tenants.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. Public Offering Matters

Representation of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. with respect to all of its public offering matters. Also advises CBL on complex property portfolio transactions, joint ventures and general board and management advisory work.

Gordon Brothers Group Outside General Counsel

Ongoing representation of Gordon Brothers Group as general counsel and in connection with the acquisition and disposition of several national retail chains. Handle a range of general corporate work, entity formations, tax, leasing, real estate, trademark, and employment matters. Recently represented the client and its affiliate in several non-public distress asset acquisitions, including completing the distressed acquisition of a clothing retailer and the potential disposition of excess real estate. Also represented the client in connection with obtaining a credit facility for a syndicate of lenders.

General Counsel to Not Your Average Joe's

Not Your Average Joe’s restaurant chain as general counsel.

Boston Culinary Group Merger with Centerplate

Representation of Boston Culinary Group, a leading provider of food and beverage concessions services, in its merger with Centerplate, Inc., a Kohlberg & Co., portfolio company.

Restaurant Chain Acquisitions

Representation for various restaurant chain acquisitions.

Major Restaurant Franchisee Product Rollout to Supermarkets

Representation of major restaurant franchisees in connection with the rollout of K-Cups and other products to supermarkets. Also negotiated a groundbreaking collaborative franchisee profit sharing program for the overall brand.

Women’s Apparel Company Intellectual Property Issues

Represented a women’s apparel company in brand protection, copyright advice, category licensing, its e-commerce fulfillment agreement, and the eventual sale of its intellectual property and other assets.  The sale and license transactions were with one of the client’s licensees, which had purchased the client’s debt and was able to use that control as leverage in negotiations.  Nonetheless, the Goulston & Storrs team was able to secure licenses back from the purchaser and save the client’s core business.

Shopping Center Landlords in Chapter 11 Cases

Shopping center landlords in Chapter 11 cases of Aeropostale, Inc., Ames Department Stores, Inc., Bally's Total Fitness, Barney’s, Inc., Borders Group, Inc., Bob’s Stores LLC, Calumet Photographic, Inc., City Sports, Inc., Coldwater Creek, Inc., Crumbs LLC, Deb Stores Holding LLC, Discovery Zone, Inc., Draw Another Circle LLC (MovieStop), Edison Brothers Stores, Inc., EMS Operating Company LLC, Filene’s Basement, LLC, Friendly Ice Cream Corp., General Wireless Operations Inc. (RadioShack), The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (A&P), The Gymboree Corporation, Kmart Corporation, Linens Holding Co. (Linen ‘n Things), Loehmann’s Holdings, Inc., Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Merry- Go-Round Enterprises, Inc., Montgomery Ward & Co., Inc., Old Country Buffets, Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc., Performance Sports Group (dba Bauer Hockey), RadioShack Corporation, Ritz Camera, Strawberries, Inc., Toys “R” Us, Inc., TSAWD Holdings, Inc. (Sports Authority), The Weathervane Retail Corp. and The Wet Seal LLC.