Bennigan's Restaurant Could Fill Former Blockbuster Space

The restaurant has teamed up with Brixmor Property Group to put franchised restaurants in multiple shopping centers across the country.

The Hub Shopping Center may soon be home to a Bennigan's restaurant.

According to FSR Magazine, Bennigan's Franchising Company and Brixmor Property Group—which owns and manages the Hub—announced a strategic partnership this past summer to add Bennigan's restaurants to Brixmor's portfolio of shopping centers across the country.

And Richfield's former Blockbuster space appears to have been chosen as one of the pre-approved franchise locations.

As part of Bennigan's and Brixmor's strategy, signs have been placed at select existing buildings and pad site locations within the Brixmor portfolio of shopping centers, according to FSR. The signs are meant to promote pre-approved restaurant space and franchise opportunities within targeted growth markets. The photo in the photo box above was taken Thursday and show the promotional signs in Richfield.

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According to FSR, other pre-selected locations include Escondido, CA; Superior and Aurora, CO; Charlotte and Greensboro, NC; Cinnaminson, NJ; James Island and Spartanburg, SC; Greeneville and Hermitage, TN; and Austin, Frisco, Fort Worth, and Pasadena, TX; Royal Palm Beach, FL; and Ann Arbor, MI.

Richfield Patch contacted Matt Johnson, Brixmor's head leasing agent for the Hub, for more information on any deals in the works with interested parties. Our inquiry was not returned by the time this article was published.

Patch will continue to update readers as new information becomes available.


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Will January 11, 2013 at 02:15 PM
I wish I could be excited about this, but every Bennigans I've been to has always been mediocre. It's great the space is being filled.
C Palmer January 11, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Im not looking forward to this. Sounds like another Chi Chi's mess.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 03:57 PM
I didn't go in to much detail about this, but in the article I found, it said Bennigan's was revamping their menu in a big way. But, obviously without a nearby restaurant to try, I don't know if that made it better. I never had a real issue with the restaurant. I went to the one in Bloomington a few times, but only for apps and happy hour. The potato skins were awesome!
Mike McLean January 11, 2013 at 04:46 PM
The several times I went to Bennigan's (Same reason as Caitlin) I found it to be very noisy. But I guess that's good for Bennigan's. Putting something in the Hub Center that draws heavy traffic will not be good. The layout of that center is awful. Just my thoughts.
Will January 11, 2013 at 05:09 PM
The parking is definitely awkward, but I don't think a restaurant going in there would be too bad. I guess I don't see the atmosphere being much different than a Houlihan's. My Bennigan's experience is not local, but I agree they were always loud. Of course, most restaurants are these days.
Dave Decker January 11, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Big difference. The Chi-Chi property had direct freeway access, and had a dance floor. Bennigans doesn't do dancing (well, maybe an Irish jig every once in awhile) so that crowd will not be drawn there. And really...it's like 3 blocks from Houlihan's and 4 blocks from Champp's. How is the crowd at this Bennigan's location going to be any different than those, very similar places?
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 05:41 PM
When I spoke with the head leasing agent in 2011, which was way prior to this deal, he told me they were looking for large retailers such as auto parts dealers, sporting goods retailers or restaurants for the space. Looks like a restaurant was the winner. As far as parking goes, it is an awful lot, but I'm sure the owners recognize this - or at least I hope. In addition, they are likely anticipating a lot of evening and late night traffic, which wouldn't conflict much with other retailers. So ... more parking.
Eric January 11, 2013 at 07:55 PM
It's ironic that just yesterday I read an article about the "Top Ten Failing Restaurant Chains", with Bennigan's topping the list due to an 88% drop in revenue and a similar percentage of store closings. It sounds like a boondoggle to me. Desperate restaurant chain meets desperate retail center and both convince themselves that somehow this time things will be different.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 08:02 PM
If you still have it, could you share the link to that article?
Deb C January 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Nikki Windschittl January 14, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Wondering if there is any hiring information? Tried Bennigan's website, but that link was not working. Also tried Brixmor with no luck. Thanks!
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) January 14, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Well, they still need to find someone who wants to buy into the franchise. So, they aren't hiring for workers at this point.


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