Joe Gardner

Walmart Grocery Pickup Location Coming to Metairie, Louisiana

Stirling Properties commercial real estate company is pleased to announce a recent lease to Walmart for a new standalone grocery pickup location in Metairie, Louisiana. The highly visible property is located at 615 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, between Aris and Focis Streets, in the former Whitney Bank location.

Walmart Grocery Pickup in Metairie, LA

Photo courtesy of Walmart

Walmart will be renovating the existing building to include a roughly 4,000-square-foot, 2-story distribution facility. Work is expected to commence within the month, with an anticipated opening by the end of 2017.

The new-to-market grocery concept allows customers to order products online and pick them up at a selected location, usually a Walmart store. According to the retailer, more than 30,000 items—including produce, meat, seafood, dairy, bakery items, as well as health and beauty products–can be ordered online and picked up for free at designated sites.

The new facility on Veterans Memorial Boulevard will mark the first standalone grocery pickup location in the greater New Orleans region, allowing shoppers the convenience of a drive-thru site without ever having to exit their vehicles or visit a Walmart store. This facility also adds an additional grocery pickup location for consumers aside from the existing Walmart store located at 8912 Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie.

Walmart Grocery Pickup in Metairie, LA

Walmart is working to enhance its curbside pickup services in an effort to provide the same low prices as in stores, along with convenience to save customers time and money. Walmart is rapidly expanding grocery pickup locations, bringing the number to more than 1,000 sites nationwide.

Joe Gardner, CCIM, and Carly Plotkin, Sales & Leasing Executives with Stirling Properties handled the lease transaction on behalf of the landlord.

“Stirling Properties is excited to bring this new-to-market concept to the greater New Orleans region, while putting this high-profile property back into commerce,” said Gardner. “Consumer shopping behaviors are changing—they want choices and they demand convenience. Walmart is on the front lines in the push to provide omnichannel options for grocery shopping, and we hope this is just the first of more pickup locations to come to our area.”

November 13, 2017|Agents, Commercial, Deals, New Orleans Southshore, news, Retail|

Introducing New-To-Market Fitness Concept, HOTWORX


Stirling Properties commercial real estate company is excited to announce that it will exclusively represent HOTWORX, a new-to-market fitness concept across the United States.

HOTWORX is revolutionizing the fitness industry by providing the ultimate hot exercise experience and is the first to launch a 24/7 business franchise model through the use of its proprietary patent pending technology. It is the original fusion of infrared heat and isometrics through a virtually instructed exercise program designed for users to experience the many benefits of infrared absorption while completing a 30-minute workout session.

Joe Gardner, CCIM, and Thomas Bryan, Stirling Properties’ Sales and Leasing Executives, are the exclusive tenant representatives for HOTWORX and are working to secure national retail locations for the new fitness concept.

Currently, select Planet Beach spas are debuting the hot exercise experience. But HOTWORX plans to grow to 500 official HOTWORX Studio locations across the US in the next five years. The company presently has one HOTWORX Studio located in Oxford, Mississippi, with another planned to open in Palm Beach, Florida, within the next month. Future studio sites also include locations in the greater New Orleans area and surrounding Gulf Coast region.

“Our HOTWORX fitness concept is ready to expand, and we are thrilled to be working with Stirling Properties, a true leader in the real estate industry, to grow our business across the nation. We are seeking franchisees for various business opportunities and will be announcing new HOTWORX locations soon,” said Stephen Smith, HOTWORX CEO.  

“HOTWORX has aggressive expansion and franchise plans in the works for our region and across the country. We are excited to be able to help them meet and exceed their real estate goals—and introduce a new fitness concept that was founded right here in New Orleans,” said Gardner. “We look forward to announcing new retail locations and storefronts within the coming months.”

For more information on HOTWORX and franchise opportunities, visit

May 16, 2017|Agents, Commercial, Deals, Gulf South, news, Press Releases|

Stirling Properties Welcomes Magnolia Yoga Studio To the New Bienville Basin District

Studio Grand Opening on Friday, September 16th!

Magnolia Yoga Studio

Stirling Properties is pleased to welcome Magnolia Yoga Studio to the Bienville Basin District in New Orleans. The long-awaited studio will be located at 301 Basin Street and plans to open its doors on Friday, September 16th!

Stirling Properties Sales and Leasing Executive, Joe Gardner, handled the transaction and worked extensively with the tenant to secure the 2,000-square-foot site, and to select a contractor for the build-out process, which started earlier this year.

The Bienville Basin District is an up-and-coming mixed-use community rising in the footprint of the former Iberville housing development. The Bienville Basin redevelopment began in 2013 and has since gained significant traction. The 23-acre district includes more than 800 mixed-income residential units, restaurants, retail, parks and recreational areas. The full development plan is expected to cover 300 blocks bounded by Rampart Street, Tulane Avenue, Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue.

New Orleans has recently been credited with attracting young, business-savvy entrepreneurs to the city. Magnolia Yoga Studio Owner & Chief Yoga Officer, Adrianne (Ajax) Jackson, a California native of mixed Mexican- and African-American heritage relocated to New Orleans seeking business opportunities to bring her dream of a yoga studio to fruition. She was particularly drawn to the revitalization and vibrancy of the Basin community.

Magnolia Yoga Studio in New Orleans

“Our mission is to support growth, healing, and empowerment through the art of yoga and community,” said Ajax. “We are thrilled to be opening our doors here in the Basin and hope everyone will come out to see what we have to offer. Just remember: You don’t have to be good to get started, but you have to get started to get good!”

Magnolia Yoga Studio is intent on getting more yoga to more people, more often. The goal is to educate the community on the benefits of yoga and to provide accessibility. The studio plans to create collaborations with businesses, hospitals, recovery centers, schools and with incarcerated youth.

“Magnolia Yoga Studio is the quintessential example of the types of diverse business opportunities and establishments that the mixed-use Basin community has to offer. We are proud of what this neighborhood has become, and are especially excited to see young, talented, minority business owners—such as Ajax—finding a home here in our city and helping to become a part of this historic renovation,” Pres Kabacoff, Executive Chairman of the Board, HRI Properties.

The redevelopment of the Bienville Basin District site is a much welcomed addition to downtown New Orleans. This prime real estate, just steps from the French Quarter with both the Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue streetcars running nearby and the Rampart Street expansion underway, provides convenient access to all of the city. It is quickly becoming a sought-after neighborhood to live, work, shop and play.

Stirling Properties has been at the forefront of commercial real estate brokerage, development/redevelopment and management in New Orleans and the entire Gulf South region. With notable accomplishments such as Mid-City Market, Magnolia Marketplace, and the Pan American Life Center first floor redevelopment, Stirling Properties is a key contributor to the revitalization efforts of the City of New Orleans and surrounding communities.

“We are committed to New Orleans and the Gulf South region,” said Gardner. “We are thrilled to be involved in such significant revitalization projects, such as the Bienville Basin District, and look forward to bringing even more retail tenants and businesses to this vibrant market.”

September 12, 2016|Agents, Commercial, Louisiana, New Orleans Southshore, news, Press Releases|

Stirling Properties Commercial Real Estate Agents Among Top Producers At Annual NOMAR CID Awards Ceremony

Stirling Properties commercial real estate agents were honored during the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors (NOMAR) Commercial Investment Division (CID) 23rd Annual Achievement Awards ceremony, held Friday, April 8th at the Audubon Tea Room.

Stirling Properties CID Awards

Chris Abadie, Rhonda Sharkawy, Gaines Seaman

Leading the way was Rhonda Sharkawy, Senior Retail Leasing and Development Executive, with more than $28 million in sales volume for 2015. Sharkawy was inducted into the CID Hall of Fame after having received the prestigious F. Poche Waguespack Award for highest volume of sales and leases in the greater New Orleans area for the last five consecutive years. She is one of only a handful of women to receive this esteemed award since its inception in 1964.

Gaines Seaman, Sales and Leasing Executive, received the Overall Top Landlord Office Lease, Top Tenant Rep Office Lease and the Overall Top Office Producer, with nearly $19 million in production for 2015.

Joe Gardner, Sales and Leasing Executive, Beezie Landry, Senior Investment Sales Advisor, Sharkawy and Seaman were also among Achievement Award recipients, for obtaining total commercial credit sales and leasing in excess of $2.5 million.

The goal of the Commercial Investment Division (CID) Awards is to review and recognize individual achievement among commercial real estate practitioners who are members in good standing of the New Orleans Metropolitan Association (NOMAR) of REALTORS®.

First Tenant Opens at the Offices at Mid-City Market in New Orleans

Additional Tenant Announcements Coming SoonOrangetheory Fitness

Stirling Properties is excited to announce the opening of the first tenant at Offices at Mid-City Market, a 54,000 square foot, mixed-use complex in the burgeoning Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans.

Orangetheory Fitness, a fitness studio that specializes in hour-long group interval training workouts, has opened their first Louisiana location at Offices at Mid-City Market. Orangetheory is currently open and will celebrate their Grand Opening on December 31st. For more information, visit

Joining the previously announced Gallo Mechanical, LLC corporate headquarters and Orangetheory Fitness, are Exceptional Dental and H-3 Aesthetics & Dermatology.

Gallo Mechanical, LLC, a leading mechanical contracting company in the Gulf South, will be the first office tenant to open in the building, occupying 15,448 square feet. Gallo has relocated their corporate headquarters from Metairie to New Orleans.

Exceptional Dental, providing restorative and beautifying dentistry to patients across Louisiana is scheduled to open spring 2016.

H-3 Aesthetics & Dermatology, offering general and cosmetic dermatology services, along with a juice bar, is also scheduled to open spring 2016.

New tenant announcements coming soon!

Located adjacent to Stirling’s recently completed Mid-City Market development, this building was originally constructed in 1954 and was most recently the home of Loubat Foodservice Equipment Company. Throughout the course of this development, Stirling Properties has maintained the historic integrity of the existing structure while renovating the interior into a combination of office and retail space and consequently brought a prominent neighborhood building back into commerce.

For more information and leasing opportunities for Offices at Mid-City Market, contact Joe Gardner at or 504-620-8140.

Stirling Properties’ Commercial Agents among Top Producers at Annual NOMAR CID Awards Ceremony

Stirling Properties’ commercial agents were honored during the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors Commercial Investment Division’s 22nd annual awards banquet held Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at GW Fins.

Leading the way was Rhonda Sharkawy, who received the F. Poche Waguespack Award for having the highest volume of sales and leases in the marketplace for the year. This is her fifth consecutive year to receive this honor and one of only a handful of women to achieve it since it was created back in 1964. Ms. Sharkawy was also awarded with Overall Top Retail Producer, Top Landlord Retail Lease and Most Transactions. Gaines Seaman received the Overall Top Office Producer Award and the Top Landlord Office Lease. Joe Gardner, Ms. Sharkawy and Mr. Seaman were also among Achievement Award recipients. Stirling Properties received 1st Place and 3rd Place for the Largest Transaction Award.

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