The Behar Group’s twentieth birthday honoured by the Royal Bank of Canada

May 24, 2012

As companies across the city were opening for business, Yosi Behar was preparing to attend what he believed to be a regular meeting with an RBC private banking manager. But as he came into the office at 1170 Sheppard Avenue West yesterday morning, he wondered why the table in the boardroom had been pushed flush against the wall. This did not look like a regular meeting.

To Yosi’s surprise he was greeted by not one but a team of private bankers from RBC Wealth Management’s Private Banking division. The proposed meeting was in fact a presentation organized by The Behar Group’s team of private bankers at RBC, in celebration of the brokerage’s twenty years in business in commercial real estate.

Sengkee Ahn, who has worked closely with the Behar family for the last five years, presented a commemorative plaque to The Behar Group Realty, Inc. to recognize the company for “20 successful years in business,” and to honour the Behar family’s forty-year partnership with the bank. Speaking on behalf of his RBC colleagues, whom Yosi affectionately calls ‘The Dream Team,’ Mr. Ahn said, “We all feel very connected to the business and to the family.”

Sengkee Ahn was accompanied by fellow ‘Dream Team’ members Leeann Signorotti, RVP of Private Banking, Hadielia Yassiri, Private Banker, Aneta Siaskiewicz, Senior Private Client Associate, and Ji Wang, Manager, Credit Structures.  A card bearing congratulations and best wishes was presented to Yosi Behar. “We look forward to working together for many more years,” it said.

Ms. Signorotti added a few words with respect to the business relationship. “You value our partnership, and you approach it like a partnership. And I just want to say thank you. It really is a privilege.”

“It really has been twenty years,” said Yosi Behar, obviously pleased and very touched by the unexpected visit. “It was May 12, 1992–my birthday, in fact.” He paused briefly, then added, “To have Leeann, and all of you, here…Wow. It’s really special. I don’t know what to say. Thank you.”

Baskin-Robbins Canada’s expansion plans feature a new brand-wide store design

March 22, 2012

Baskin-Robbins has been making Canadians smile “inside and out” for almost forty years.

The company is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, creator of innovations such as hand-packed quarts of ice cream, a unique flavour ribbon technique, the use of ingredients such as apple pie and cheesecake, and the introduction of mousse-textured ice creams. Famous the world over for its unrivalled collection of ice cream flavours, the company is also well known and loved for its signature ice cream cakes and a growing line of beverages.

A leader in the ice cream industry for over 65 years, Baskin-Robbins celebrates its 40th birthday in Canada this year. In honour of the occasion the company is introducing a new brand-wide store design that includes lounge-style seating, pink spoon door handles, and textured walls in the style of its classic waffle cones.

“We’ve received consistently positive feedback on the new design from the landlord and developer community,” said Greg Evans, Executive Vice President of The Behar Group, who handle site selection for Baskin-Robbins Canada.

Along with the new design, the company is preparing for expansions across the country, with an initial focus on Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.

“We are actively seeking new Baskin-Robbins franchisees throughout Canada,” said Bob Tipple, director and general manager for Baskin-Robbins Canada, in a company release.

The company is currently on the lookout for sites, favouring neighbourhood shopping centres or busy streetfront locations, preferably with a grocery anchor or other daily traffic generator.

The ideal store size for Baskin-Robbins is between 900 and 1,200 square feet, with a minimum 18-foot frontage. A patio is preferred.

The company is also open to non-food-court mall locations, typically in busy traffic corridors, with ideal unit sizes of between 400 and 500 square feet.

For more information, contact Greg Evans at (416) 636-8898, extension 230 (gevans@thebehargroup.com) or Barbara Kless at (416) 636-8898, extension 240 (bkless@thebehargroup.com).

Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus changes the landscape of York Region

February 29, 2012

The Behar Group Realty—Toronto: Over ten years in the making, the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus—the largest of its kind in Canada—is changing the landscape of York Region, home to the third-largest Jewish community in Canada and one of the fastest-growing Jewish communities outside of Israel. Located on a fifty-acre site at Bathurst Street and Lebovic Campus Drive (north of Rutherford Road and south of Major Mackenzie Drive), construction of the first phase of the main community complex is nearing completion for later this year.

“Through generous support of donors, dedicated planning, and strong community leadership, the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus is taking shape and looking beautiful,” says Avi Behar, CEO of The Behar Group Realty. “We’re very excited about helping tenants find a home in such a vibrant community.”

The main community complex on the campus will be home to the Schwartz/Reisman Centre, which features a range of recreational and family programs, including fitness and sports facilities, and a child daycare that is enrolling very quickly for next fall. With approximately three hundred people working onsite and a projected fifty-five hundred members, the Schwartz/Reisman Centre will be ready for occupancy this summer. This summer, Centre Camp is excited to be opening a northern branch of its highly respected summer camping program onsite.

Additionally, the community complex will house arts facilities of the Koffler Centre of the Arts, including state-of-the-art ceramics and painting and mixed-media studios, a Reena Adult Daycare program, and agency offices for Jewish Family and Child, Circle of Care, and several other community organizations.

The complex will also open its café and conference and celebration centre in the early fall, offering an exciting new kosher venue for meetings, conferences, and other community events.

Since 2007, the campus has been home to the Anne and Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto Kimel Family Education Centre, which currently serves six-hundred and fifty students—with a potential for growth to more than eight hundred.

“This state-of-the-art facility will be a part of the largest Jewish-themed development in the world outside of Israel, and will cater to the needs of the community while remaining open to everyone,” says David Sadowski, Executive Vice President of Jewish Community Properties of Toronto at the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.

Finally, Mount Sinai Hospital is opening up an interdisciplinary health and wellness centre, housing a family health team, clinical specialists, allied health professionals, and other healthcare services.

There are currently multiple leasing opportunities adjacent to the Mount Sinai space and in other portions of the complex. Spaces are available for service commercial as well as office and professional use, to complement the core services being provided by the community agencies and Mount Sinai; they range in size from 500 to 11,000 square feet.

Is community part of your business plan? Tenant submissions are welcomed by Greg Evans, Broker (gevans@thebehargroup.com), and Michael Gordon, Broker (mgordon@thebehargroup.com), at The Behar Group Realty Inc., 416-636-8898.

The Behar Group is Mathnasium’s first choice for Ontario rollouts

January 13, 2012

Mathnasium LLC, based in Los Angeles, California, has selected The Behar Group Realty (TBG, www.thebehargroup.com) to represent it for Ontario, Canada.

Mathnasium is an international chain of year-round learning centres where children go to improve their math skills. Mathnasium exists because affordable, high-quality math instruction is very difficult to find and the demand is only growing. Mathnasium currently has 272 thriving centres in the United States, 4 in Canada (Vancouver, Ottawa, greater Toronto), and additional centres now open on four continents.

Each franchised centre utilizes the Mathnasium Method, an individually customizable educational K-12 curriculum created through over 35 years of classroom experience and research to teach children math in a way that makes sense to them. Mathnasium centres are open to members at least five times per week during after-school and weekend hours.

“We chose The Behar Group to assist us in managing all of our franchisees’ real estate needs, and grow our presence, throughout Ontario. We are genuinely enthusiastic about the long-term prospects of our business relationship with TBG,” said Joe Novak, SVP Franchise Marketing & Development of Mathnasium.

Mathnasium is looking for locations and franchisees all over Ontario, in towns with children counts as small as 5,000 within a 5 kilometre area and area household incomes of greater than $70,000. Sites of interest are generally 900 to 1,200 square feet, high-pedestrian-traffic retail locations anchored by a grocery or triple A anchor, where highly-visible second floors are an option and there is a safe drop-off point for children, a 3-5 year lease with commensurate options, and a tenant allowance for build-out.

Landlords that feel a Mathnasium franchise would be a good fit for their retail property, or prospective franchisees looking for a profitable business with super-strong franchisee support, are encouraged to contact Chris Seepe, Broker, at The Behar Group, E:cseepe@thebehargroup.com  M: 416-525-1558.

Anytime Fitness selects The Behar Group to handle its real estate search

December 5, 2011

Anytime Fitness, based in Hasting, Minnesota, has selected Chris Seepe of The Behar Group Realty (TBG,  www.thebehargroup.com) to handle the search in Ontario.

Anytime Fitness is a recession-resilient, world-class, top-ranked fitness franchise, serving over 1,300,000 members through over 1,700 locations worldwide.

Employing state-of-the-art technologies to recognize members coming and going, Anytime Fitness offers its franchisees an amazing capability to provide unprecedented security for its members 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, while empowering franchisees with membership and remote operations management.

The franchise offers convenient and affordable fitness options to its members in friendly, secure, and well-maintained facilities that feature top-quality exercise equipment. Members enjoy free access to AnytimeHealth.com, arguably the most comprehensive wellness website available. As part of their local membership fee, a member can visit any Anytime Fitness location in the world without any additional fee, and the franchise’s centralized software system manages this function with automatic member recognition.

Anytime Fitness, started in 2002, opened its first location in Canada in 2004, and proudly boasts one of the lowest failure rates of any type of franchise in North America, and a 0.0% failure rate in Canada. There are currently 34 locations open in Canada, 25 in Ontario, and 42 additional sites sold and opening soon.

“We chose The Behar Group to assist us in managing all of our franchisees’ real estate needs, and grow our presence, throughout Ontario. We are genuinely enthusiastic about the long-term prospects of our business relationship with TBG,” said Jeff Thames, COO of Anytime Fitness.

In October, 2011, Entrepreneur magazine rated Anytime Fitness the “Top Global Franchise” and the world’s largest and fastest-growing co-ed fitness club chain.

Anytime Fitness is looking for locations and franchisees all over Ontario, in towns with populations as small as 7,000, and with sites that are brightly lit and generally 4,000 to 5,000 square feet; in high-pedestrian-traffic retail locations sporting a grocery or triple A anchor, ideally three parking spaces per 1,000 square feet, and a 24-hour-illuminated parking field; a 10-year-minimum lease with 5-year options; and a tenant allowance for build-out.

Landlords that feel an Anytime Fitness franchise would be a good fit for their retail property, or prospective franchisees looking for a profitable business with super-strong franchisee support, are encouraged to contact Chris Seepe, Broker, at The Behar Group, E: cseepe@thebehargroup.com, M: 416-525-1558.