New Orleans Northshore

Stirling and Kent Design Build Announce Groundbreaking of New Corporate Headquarters at River Chase

River Chase Office Park

Stirling and Kent Design Build today joined St. Tammany Corporation to announce the commencement of construction for River Chase Office II, a cutting-edge Class A office building spanning over 50,000 square feet, which will serve as the new corporate headquarters for both Stirling and Kent Design Build. This strategic move to the River Chase development reflects the companies’ commitment to growth, innovation, and investment in St. Tammany Parish.

“Relocating our corporate headquarters is a significant milestone for Stirling.  St. Tammany Parish is an ideal location for our corporate headquarters, allowing us excellent connectivity to the entire Gulf South Region,” said Townsend Underhill, President & CEO of Stirling. “We are enthusiastic about the opportunities this move presents for our company and our employees. The new building not only signifies our commitment to growth but also positions us for greater achievements in the years to come.”

Stirling and Kent Design Build’s new corporate headquarters, near the intersection of Interstate 12 and LA Highway 21, was designed by Southeastern Louisiana-based architecture firm Eskew Dumez Ripple (EDR). The state-of-the-art design represents an investment of more than $20 million and will include a rooftop terrace, a reservable boardroom for the tenants of the building, and a geothermal HVAC system. The array of advantages provided by this modern workplace facility will bolster the company’s commitment to serving clients and employees.

“St. Tammany Parish is our home, and as a lifelong resident of the Northshore, witnessing the ongoing development of the market area has been truly incredible,” said Kyle Kent, President & CEO of Kent Design Build. “As our company continues to expand, we are proud to continue to invest in our community and work more closely with our partners to deliver world-class projects to the Northshore, South Louisiana, and beyond.”

Both companies have a long history of investing and doing business in St. Tammany Parish. Stirling has had an office in the community for over 40 years, and Kent Design Build has been based in St. Tammany since its founding in 1996. Together, they employ over 200 people in St. Tammany.

“Stirling and Kent Design Build have been tremendous partners for St. Tammany Parish, and they have renewed their commitment to our community with this investment,” said St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper. “When great companies, like Stirling and Kent Design Build, invest in St. Tammany, it not only provides quality jobs for our citizens but also boosts our nation-leading economy.”

“St. Tammany Parish has long been the destination of choice for corporate headquarters and the highly skilled talent that powers their operations,” said Chris Masingill, CEO of St. Tammany Corporation. “These two premier St. Tammany-based companies represent a cross-section of two industry sectors, real estate and construction, that are critical to our local and regional economy, and their reinvestment into our community exemplify our message that businesses can start up, scale, and stay right here on the Northshore and become incredibly successful.”

Renderings of the new facility are below. For leasing information, contact Ryan Murphy at (985) 246-3771 or

Stirling Properties Announces New Tenants at Hammond Square


Stirling Properties announces the arrival of Buff City SoapCrumbl Cookies, and Marble Slab Creamery at Hammond Square shopping center.

Buff City Soap specializes in plant-based soaps, handmade daily in each shop’s “Soap Makery”. They produce customizable bath bombs, laundry soaps, shaving bars, beard oils, body butters, handsoaps, and more. Buff City Soap was founded in 2013 and now has more than 200 stores across 31 states.  Buff City Soap is planning to open in the 4th Quarter of 2022 at Hammond Square.

Crumbl Cookies got its start in Utah in 2017 and has expanded to over 600 locations nationwide, making it the fastest-growing cookie company in the nation. A rotating menu of flavors are announced every week with their award-winning milk chocolate chip cookie always available. Crumbl Cookies will open its doors at Hammond Square 1st Quarter of 2023.

Founded in Houston, Texas in 1983, Marble Slab Creamery was the first ice cream treatery to use a frozen granite slab to blend mix-in toppings into its ice cream. Stores use locally-sourced cream and freshly-baked waffle cones to create a one-of-a-kind frozen dessert on demand. There are more than 1,100 stores worldwide with most locations concentrated in the southeastern US. The Marble Slab Creamery has recently signed a lease at Hammond Square but has not yet announced an opening date. 

“Stirling Properties is excited to welcome these first-class retailers to Hammond Square. They are both new to the Hammond market, and we are confident they will be extremely well-received by the surrounding Tangipahoa community. They complement our existing tenant mix perfectly—even further positioning Hammond Square as a leading shopping destination in the region. In addition, our leasing team is still working to secure additional retailers and restaurant options that we hope to be able to announce very soon,” said Grady Brame, Executive Vice President with Stirling Properties.

Rhonda Sharkawy, Senior Retail Leasing & Development Advisor with Stirling Properties, handled the lease transactions on behalf of the landlord.

Hammond Square is Tangipahoa Parish’s premier shopping destination, located on approximately 100 acres at the northwest corner of Interstate 12 and US Highway 51 Business (SW Railroad Avenue) in Hammond, Louisiana. It is the 2nd largest open-air center in Louisiana encompassing over 902,000 square-feet of more than 40 national and local retailers, shops, and restaurants, including Dillard’s, Target, The Home Depot, JCPenney, Academy Sports+Outdoors and AMC Theatres. Stirling Properties redeveloped Hammond Square and currently manages and leases the center.

For more information on Hammond Square, visit or For leasing and sales information, contact Rhonda Sharkawy at (504) 620-8145 or

What’s Happening at Fremaux Town Center & Fremaux Park in Slidell, Louisiana?

Fremaux Town Center

Stirling Properties announces new tenants and development updates.


Stirling Properties announces four new tenants and development updates at Fremaux Town Center and the surrounding Fremaux Park mixed-use project in Slidell, Louisiana.

  • Spencer’s gifts, fashion, and décor store will occupy 3,500 square feet of retail space on Town Center Parkway, Suite C400, next to Torrid. The new novelty retailer opened this week.
  • Skechers shoe store will fill 9,000 square feet of retail space off Levis Lane, Suite D900, next to Rock’ N Roll Sushi.
  • Ding Tea, offering Taiwanese teas, coffee, and dessert drinks, will fill 1,793 square feet of space on Town Center Parkway, Suite C700, between Journeys and European Wax Center.
  • Lendmark Financial Services will also take 1,200 square feet of space on Town Center Parkway, Suite B500, next to Chico’s.

Ryan Pécot, Senior Retail Leasing and Development Advisor with Stirling Properties, represented the landlord in the lease transactions.

In addition, construction on the Amazon Fulfillment Center located on Town Center Parkway at the adjoining Fremaux Park is progressing. Signage has been installed, and landscaping is underway. The facility is expected to be open and operating by the 2nd quarter of 2022.

Amazon Fulfillment Center

Fremaux Town Center, anchored by Dillard’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s, and Best Buy, is part of the roughly 350-acre regional mixed-use development located at the southwest corner of Interstate 10 and Fremaux Avenue in Slidell, Louisiana. The retail center includes more than 640,000 square feet of shopping and restaurant options and is jointly owned and operated by CBL Properties and Stirling Properties.

The adjoining Fremaux Park includes Retreat at Fremaux Town Center luxury residential apartment units, Springhill Suites by Marriott, The Mason Fremaux Park apartment community, Dana Inc. Service & Assembly Center, and Amazon Fulfillment Center (coming soon). Additional phases are forthcoming with added residential, retail, industrial, and office park. Fremaux Park is a Stirling Properties mixed-use development.

For leasing or sales information, contact Ryan Pécot at 337-572-0246 / or Michael Oswald at 423-490-8272 /

LOFT18 Is Coming to Mandeville, Louisiana

Loft18 coming to Mandeville, LA

Stirling Properties serving as brokerage tenant rep in company expansion.

Stirling Properties announces LOFT18, an interactive sports bar and lounge, is coming to Mandeville, Louisiana. Stirling Properties is serving as the brokerage representative for LOFT18 in its regional expansion efforts.

LOFT18, founded in New Orleans, Louisiana, is an innovative, interactive golf and multi-sport concept featuring custom-built, state-of-the-art Full Swing Golf simulators. It showcases games & championship courses to deliver precision play at its finest to golfers of all experience levels. And for non-golfers, LOFT18’s full-service bar and restaurant offers gastro-pub fare, craft beer and cocktails, and New Orleans’ famous service and hospitality.

This marks the third retail location for LOFT18. The company recently closed on the purchase of property located at the corner of St. Ann Drive and N. Causeway Blvd. (Hwy. 190 Frontage Road) in Mandeville to construct a ground-up 10,000-square-foot restaurant and bar with outdoor dining space. The new location will feature five simulators and one VIP room with a private simulator for parties of 20-30 people. The contractor on the development is Cassesi Scully Commercial Construction and the architect is Sizeler, Thompson & Brown Architects. Construction is expected to begin soon, with an anticipated opening in September-November 2022.

“We are thrilled to announce our newest LOFT18 location in Mandeville and to deliver the ultimate indoor golf, entertainment, and hospitality experience for the entire Northshore community,” said Greg Whitman, president/owner of LOFT18. “Mandeville’s vibrant, high-growth market is a perfect fit for LOFT18. We look forward to being a part of this community and serving its families, foodies, and, of course, golfers.”

Thomas Bryan and Lauren Ryan, commercial real estate advisors with Stirling Properties, represented LOFT18 in securing the location. “Lauren and I are very proud to represent Loft18 in their expansion efforts and are excited about their new location coming to the Northshore,” said Bryan. “LOFT18 was the first locally-owned golf simulation and entertainment concept in the New Orleans area, and they are setting the course for a unique entertainment and restaurant experience that will be highly successful in this market.”

The LOFT18 concept was dreamt-up by three long-time friends with backgrounds in entertainment, sales and hospitality and a fervent love for the game of golf. Seeing a niche in the hospitality industry, the group opened its first “flagship” location in Metairie in 2017 and its second location in Houston, Texas, in 2019. LOFT18 is currently working on expansion efforts in other major markets.

For leasing information, contact Lauren Ryan at / (504) 620-8124 or Thomas Bryan at / (504) 620-8138.

January 12, 2022|Agents, Commercial, New Orleans Northshore, news, Press Releases, Retail|

Stirling Properties Brings Target to Premier Centre in Mandeville, Louisiana

Rack Room Shoes expansion & relocation paves the way for new retail opportunities.

Stirling Properties announces the addition of Target to the tenant lineup at Premier Centre, located on U.S. Highway 190 in Mandeville, Louisiana.

Target will occupy roughly 58,000 square feet of retail space, backfilling the former Stein Mart store, as well as the adjacent space currently housing Rack Room Shoes, and an additional 13,000 square feet of new building expansion area in the rear of the building. Rack Room Shoes will expand and relocate next to Whole Foods Market in the former Forever 21 Red space. Rack Room Shoes is expected to re-open in its expanded space in the fall of 2021.

“Stirling Properties is excited to welcome Target to Premier Centre and the Mandeville community. The explosive growth of St. Tammany Parish and high retail sales make this an attractive two-store market for retailers. Target has been serving the community in Covington for many years, and this new store presents an opportunity to bring the great shopping experience to more customers in our growing market,” said Donna Smith, Executive Vice President with Stirling Properties. “The recent activity at Premier Centre has also been a catalyst for additional exciting retail opportunities that we hope to be able to announce soon.”

Rhonda Sharkawy, Senior Retail Leasing & Development Advisor with Stirling Properties, is the exclusive commercial broker for Premier Centre and worked with Target to secure the new location and the expansion and relocation of Rack Room Shoes.

Premier Centre, anchored by Whole Foods Market, is located at the corner of U.S. Hwy. 190 & N. Causeway Blvd. in Mandeville, Louisiana, on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain in St. Tammany Parish. It consists of approximately 273,000 square feet of retail and restaurant options and is currently 97% leased. Stirling Properties developed Premier Centre and currently manages and leases the property.

Tenants include Whole Foods Market, Bed Bath & Beyond, T.J.Maxx, Barnes & Noble, Old Navy, Rack Room Shoes, Gap/Gap Kids, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic, LOFT, Bath & Body Works, Trek Bikes, Earthsavers, Blu Spero, Buckle, J.Jill, Jose Bali Jewelry, Chili’s, La Madeleine and The Big Squeezy. Electric car charging stations are also available in the parking lot near Whole Foods Market.

Stirling Properties has developed more than 24.8 million square feet of property totaling $2.2 billion, almost exclusively in Louisiana. Other Stirling Properties developments in the area include Fremaux Town Center (Slidell), River Chase (Covington), Northpark Corporate Center (Covington) and Hammond Square (Hammond), to name a few.

For leasing information, contact Rhonda Sharkawy at / (504) 620-8145.

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux at Hammond Square Opens July 19th

Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux at Hammond Square

Stirling Properties announces Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux will celebrate the grand opening of its newest location at Hammond Square in Hammond, Louisiana, on July 19th, 2021. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Tangipahoa Chamber of Commerce will be held at 10am.

The highly anticipated restaurant will be located on C.M. Fagan Drive, next to PetSmart and Five Below, in the Hammond Square shopping center. Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux local franchisee DBMC Restaurants acquired 1.35 acres of property to build and operate the roughly 8,025-square-foot restaurant as part of a redevelopment project on the northeast side of the shopping center. DBMC Restaurants is a veteran restaurant group that currently operates three restaurant brands across six states and is one of the largest franchisees of Walk-On’s.

Rhonda Sharkawy, Stirling Properties’ Senior Retail Leasing & Development Advisor, is the exclusive commercial advisor for Hammond Square and worked with the property owners and restaurant group to secure the new location.

The popular sports-themed restaurant started in Baton Rouge by two former LSU basketball walk-ons has thrived over the years and expanded with more than 100 locations open or in development across 15 states. Currently, there are 19 Walk-On’s restaurants operating in Louisiana.

Hammond Square marks the 3rd location for the Northshore region, with existing restaurants at Stirling Properties’ River Chase development in Covington and Fremaux Town Center in Slidell.

Hammond Square is Tangipahoa Parish’s premier shopping destination, located on approximately 100 acres at the northwest corner of Interstate 12 and US Highway 51 Business (SW Railroad Avenue) in Hammond, Louisiana. It is the 2nd largest open-air center in Louisiana, encompassing over 852,000-square-feet of more than 40 national and local retailers, shops and restaurants, including Dillard’s, Target, The Home Depot, JCPenney, Academy Sports+Outdoors and AMC Theatres. Stirling Properties redeveloped Hammond Square and currently manages and leases the center.

For more information on Hammond Square, visit or For leasing and sales information, contact Rhonda Sharkawy at (504) 620-8145 or

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