OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (8/14/07)—Retail leasing specialists R.J. Brunelli & Co., Inc. today announced four new tenant representation assignments for the New Jersey market, including two chains seeking their first locations in the Garden State.

The Old Bridge-based firm was recently appointed exclusive broker for the area franchisee for Sonic Drive-Ins in Mercer County; the area franchise developer for Entrees Made Easy in six counties; Jon Ric Day Spa for all of New Jersey; and Kudo Beans throughout New Jersey. Sonic and Entrees Made Easy have yet to open in the state.

Devine Donuts Management, the Mercer County area franchisee for Sonic Drive-Ins, is seeking to purchase or ground-lease sites of up to one acre along Routes 1, 33 and 133 and other high-traffic roadways to construct buildings of 1,500 to 1,700 square feet. Oklahoma City-based franchisor Sonic Corporation presides over the nation’s largest chain of drive-in fast-food restaurants, with approximately 3,200 units from coast-to-coast and in Mexico.

The Sonic assignment marks the second agreement for R.J. Brunelli with Wall Township, N.J.-based Devine Donuts, an area franchisee for several major restaurant brands in various New Jersey counties. In October 2006, the firm was appointed exclusive broker for Devine’s Boston Pizza operations in Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties, seeking sites along major highways for buildings with 6,000 to 7,000 square feet of space, plus 900-square-foot patio areas. Prior to retaining R.J. Brunelli, Devine opened the casual dining chain’s first New Jersey location in Neptune. Dallas-based franchisor Boston Pizza now has more than 300 outlets throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico serving gourmet pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches, along with sports bar favorites such as wings and ribs.

Mesa, Ariz.-headquartered Entrees Made Easy franchises home dinner preparation shops which offer customers the opportunity to create pre-ordered meals in the chain’s local kitchens. Customers place their order online and then visit the Entrees Made Easy kitchen to assemble their meals in one to two hours using freshly made ingredients. The chain does the meal testing, planning, shopping, and certain preparation work. Assembly and delivery service is also available. At present, 22 locations are open, with another 12 in various stages of development. In its role as exclusive broker for the franchise developer for Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Union and Somerset counties, R.J. Brunelli is seeking spaces in the 1,600- to 2,000-square-foot range in easily accessible sites.

Jon Ric International, headquartered in Deland, Fla., is a franchisor of upscale full-service spas and salons, day spas, dental spas, medical spas and other specialized spas. The company’s network currently includes 43 U.S. locations in 16 states, plus six international locations. Locally, the company already has locations in Howell, Manalapan and Paramus. In its capacity as exclusive broker, R.J. Brunelli is seeking spaces in the 3,000- to 5,000-square-foot range throughout New Jersey, targeting power centers and lifestyle centers in affluent areas.

Kudo Beans, which currently has shops in Fort Lee, N.J. and Bethesda, Md., recently launched a franchise program. The neighborhood café sells coffee, espresso, teas, freshly prepared sandwiches, salads and wraps, as well as gelato. With a flexible approach to store formats, the Fort Lee-based company is seeking locations ranging from 500 to 3,000 square feet throughout New Jersey, targeting downtowns, town centers, lifestyle centers, upscale specialty centers, and mixed-use developments in affluent areas.

Including the aforementioned companies, R.J. Brunelli & Co. now serves as exclusive real estate representative in various New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania counties for more than 20 retail, restaurant and service chains, including such major companies as L.L. Bean Outlet, Houlihan’s, Sixth Avenue Electronics, Tuesday Morning, Ulta, and Workout World. The firm also serves as exclusive leasing representative for 29 existing retail properties and four centers under construction with a combined gross leasable area (GLA) of approximately 3.0 million square feet, along with 11 projects in the approvals stage with more than 1.08 million square feet of GLA. The properties are located throughout northern, central and southern New Jersey.

For more information on these or other tenant exclusives, contact Ron DeLuca, Vice President of Tenant Representation, R.J. Brunelli & Co., Inc., 400 Perrine Road, Suite 405, Old Bridge, N.J. 08857. Telephone is (732) 721-5800.


Press contacts: At R.J. Brunelli & Co., Inc., Richard J. Brunelli, president, (732) 721-5800; at Parness & Associates Public Relations, Bill Parness or Lisa Kreda (732) 290-0121.