Dining in a Post COVID-19 World.

While restaurant reopen timelines are still largely TBD, this industry has a lot of work to do before they’re ready to welcome guests again.
The virus has impacted the global restaurant scene unlike any other.
While many are concerned about small businesses, local eateries around the country have been hit with an unprecedented onslaught of issues. Food supply delays, serving restrictions, mandatory closures, and a widespread avoidance of restaurants have hit the foodservice industry with curveball after curveball.
Depending on location, some restaurants have managed to stay open by operating solely on take-out or pick-up orders. But, one thing is certain regardless of where you are – restaurants need to rethink the norms of operation that won’t stand in the post-COVID atmosphere.
How will restaurants need to change based on what we’ve learned during COVID? It will take effort, dedication, and some updates to the physical space… and that’s where CRE comes in.
Here’s what re-entry looks like for the restaurant scene:
Rebuilding Trust: Adapting to New Consumer Trends
As a result of the virus, everyone’s mind is filled with microscopic concerns. While we might not have thought much about bacterias and microbes in our environment, we all are now.
This puts a lot of pressure on restaurants. They need to gain the public’s trust back if they want to stay afloat once their doors can open back up again.
According to recent data, consumers say that they want more hand sanitizer dispensers. Consumers also want to ‘visibly see’ staff cleaning high-contact areas often. Employees are expected to wear gloves and masks at all times and single-use condiments and utensils are a must. Even menus should be disposed of after they’ve been used by a guest.
These are just a few of the expectations being placed on restaurants if they hope to regain public trust after COVID.
Hybrid Models: Blending Dining and Retail
Any industry pro has heard the buzz about an upcoming surge in CRE sector blends.
Hospitality and office, retail and entertainment, and even industrial and dining are all possibilities on the horizons of commercial real estate as businesses strive to keep it creative amid changing consumer preferences on brick and mortar.
But, something new is happening during COVID – and it’s a trend that will probably stick around once the virus blows over.
In order to overcome the business stressors related to the country-wide shutdown, many restaurants are adopting new retail-alternatives to stay relevant and keep the profits flowing.
We’re seeing specialty restaurants embarking on pantry sales, local vendors setting up shop in dining areas, and even restaurants transitioning into retail stores to ride out the pandemic.
Even after COVID, these infrastructural safeguards will help prevent restaurants from taking as hard of a hit in future scenarios.
Impact on Physical Space Requirements
Of course, restaurant tenants will have some updated demands for the CRE industry. Many establishments are including a total redesign of dining rooms as a part of their ‘things to do before we reopen’ lists.
The open kitchen concept will be key in regaining consumer trust as public scrutiny is higher than ever.
Restaurants will want to increase the separation between tables post-COVID. This means more space will be required to accommodate the business volume eateries were achieving before the pandemic, so expect to see larger square-footage requirements on commercial properties.
Once the virus is at bay, CRE needs to be prepared to make these ‘new normals’ of dining a reality.

Jeffrey Calig, CCIM & David Hexter, SIOR of NAI Pleasant Valley announce sale of 31,237 SF industrial facility in Streetsboro, OH.

Cleveland, Ohio – May 22, 2020 – NAI Pleasant Valley is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Calig, CCIM and David Hexter, SIOR represented both Buyer and Seller on a 31,237 SF. industrial facility in Streetsboro, OH. Congratulations to Natural Essentials, Inc. on the purchase of their fourth building to accommodate their rapid growth.

Natural Essentials, Inc. is a large manufacturer of hand sanitizer and various over the counter drug products headquartered in Aurora, Ohio. 

About NAI Pleasant Valley

NAI Pleasant Valley is the Northern Ohio office of NAI Global, a leading global commercial real estate brokerage firm. NAI Global offices are leaders in their local markets and work in unison to provide clients with exceptional solutions to their local and global commercial real estate needs.

To learn more, visit www.naipvc.com

Recent Leases Announced by NAI Pleasant Valley

Cleveland, Ohio – NAI Pleasant Valley announces the following leases in the Greater Akron Area:

2066 Romig Rd.

LEASED – NAI Pleasant Valley is proud to announce a new lease located at 2066 Romig Rd. The space is located less than a 1/4 mile from the new Amazon distribution center. The tenant plans to be open in spring of 2020. Scott Raskow and Bob Raskow represented the landlord in the transaction.

3232 S. Main St.

LEASED – NAI Pleasant Valley recently leased the last remaining office suite located at 3232 S. Main St. in the Portage Lake area. The office will be the new home of Quality Assured Cleaning. The location is very attractive, being on the heavily traveled S. Main St corridor. The space was currently listed with Scott and Bob Raskow. 

3730 Tabs Dr.

LEASED – NAI Pleasant Valley is proud to announce the lease of the office building located at 3730 Tabs Dr. in Green, OH. The occupancy of the 3,580 sq/ft unit fills the remainder vacancy of the building. This lease proves the desire for businesses to be located in the City of Green, where the office vacancy rate is below that of the surrounding markets. Scott Raskow and Bob Raskow represented the Landlord, a longtime client.

NAI Pleasant Valley serves as one of Northern Ohio’s largest, most reputable and active real estate brokerages. It comprises the commercial real estate operations of Pleasant Valley and the former NAI brokerages NAI Daus and NAI Cummins. NAI Pleasant Valley offers an extensive range of brokerage services, including feasibility studies and management.

To learn more visit www.naipvc.com


Cleveland, Ohio – NAI Pleasant Valley in Cleveland, OH & NAI Robert Lynn in Dallas, TX, both member offices of NAI Global, worked together on the lease renewal of Kintetsu World Express.

Kintetsu is an international air freight forwarding company based in Japan. They were represented by Mark Miller, SIOR of NAI Robert Lynn in Dallas, TX and assisted by David Hexter, SIOR and Jeffrey Calig, CCIM of NAI Pleasant Valley in the lease renewal transaction totaling 33,824 SF at 17820 Englewood Dr., Middleburg Heights, Ohio.  Kintetsu has been in its current location since 1999.

NAI Global offices are leaders in their local markets and work in unison to provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs – both locally and globally. Our global strength is built on our local leadership. All 3 agents are connected as well through the CCIM & SIOR professional networks.

NAI Pleasant Valley serves as one of Northern Ohio’s largest, most reputable and active real estate brokerages. It comprises the commercial real estate operations of Pleasant Valley and the former NAI brokerages NAI Daus and NAI Cummins. NAI Pleasant Valley offers an extensive range of brokerage services, including feasibility studies and management.

To learn more visit www.naipvc.com

NAI Robert Lynn is the market leader for commercial real estate in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In 2019, NAI Robert Lynn successfully completed 1,064 sale and lease transactions, totaling over 24 million square feet.

To learn more visit https://nairl.com

How to Make Sure You’re Supporting Your Team Right Now

In the midst of a global crisis, stressors are everywhere. The pressure is on, the heat is cranked up high, and it’s putting a strain on all of us. Even the bravest of them all is dealing with unconscious worries and fears during this time of uncertainty.

And yet, while the COVID-19 situation continues to weigh down on the world, we’re defying all odds and facing the situation with optimism, strength, and hope. Life is going on. Business is operating as normally as possible as the world fights to remain intact even at what seems like the worst of times.

With the state of affairs as it is, it’s up to us to be the shining beacon of hope for those finding it hard to cope with the stress. Mental health concerns are at a peak as it’s becoming difficult for all of us to keep calm and carry on. In response to these issues, it’s vital for business leaders to support their teams right now.

Here are 5 simple ways to support your team during this, and any other, crisis.

Take Breaks

While some of us are seamlessly adapting to work-from-home life, it’s not so easy for others.

It’s important to remember that not everyone has the same atmosphere at home that they may when they come into the office. Disruptions, family interactions, and other responsibilities may make it hard to spend a solid 9-hour shift at the computer.

Don’t be hesitant to give your team breaks and be lenient with timeframes. Providing a little flexibility here can be a massive help for those still settling into the telework reality.

Check-In With Your Team

The circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are changing constantly. Every day brings a hundred updates and every hour is a platform for breaking news, sudden discoveries, and other unexpected changes.

Make sure you’re checking in with your team amidst the chaos. As a leader, it’s important to be up to speed with what everyone is dealing with so you can adapt accordingly.

Unfortunately, this pandemic is taking the lives of family and friends. You never know what griefs and stresses are on your team members’ minds unless you ask, discuss, and share. Open up a safe space for communication that keeps you connected with your team.

Be Open to Accommodations

While we may want to force things into some structure of normalcy, now is not the time to be too overbearing. Business is certainly important, but with a global emergency knocking at our door, it may not be the topmost concern and priority of everyone on your team.

And that’s okay. Team leaders need to recognize that we’re all dealing with our own issues regarding COVID-19, so it’s necessary for bosses to be open to accommodations.

Don’t Exacerbate the Stress

The biggest way that team leaders can support their staff during this crisis is to be a source of light and positivity – not an additional stressor. In this overwhelming situation, the last thing you want to do is make things worse. Be kind, forgiving, and try not to exacerbate the stress.

These lessons will stay with us as we move forward and past the COVID-19 pandemic. While most things will go back to normal, others will continue to be a part of our baseline operations. Hopefully, this heightened compassion within workspace cultures will be a lesson that sticks around.