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October 8, 2015

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Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa Coming to Blue Star Shopping Center

National Massage Chain Leases 3,100 SF at Levin-Managed Center

WATCHUNG, N.J., Oct. 8, 2015 – National massage chain Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa has leased 3,100 square feet at Blue Star Shopping Center in Watchung. The 419,000-square-foot Somerset County shopping center is exclusively leased and managed by Levin Management of North Plainfield, N.J. Levin’s Leasing Representative Marcia Minton negotiated the long-term lease. David Dunkleman of Soloff Retail represented the tenant.

“New Jersey is a very successful market for the Hand & Stone brand, and shops here typically are located in high-traffic strip malls and shopping centers,” said Minton. “Blue Star Shopping Center’s customer demographics, desirable co-tenancy and location were extremely attractive to this franchise owner. We're excited to bring Hand & Stone’s convenient and affordable spa services to those who live and work in Watchung and the surrounding communities.”

One of the fastest-growing spa franchises in the country, value-oriented Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa offers professional massages – including Swedish, deep-tissue, sports massage and its signature hot stone massage – along with facial and hair removal services tailored to each customer’s individual needs and skin concerns.

Located on the heavily traveled Route 22 retail corridor, between Terrill and Bonnie Burn roads, Blue Star Shopping Center serves a growing residential population of more than 250,500 people within a five-mile radius. The marketplace offers an average household income of $138,500, and the daily traffic count is 60,000 vehicles. Anchored by Kohl’s, ShopRite, Toys ‘R’ Us, Marshalls and Michaels, the center’s impressive tenant lineup includes Tuesday Morning, Avenue, Becker Brothers, Dollar Tree, Petco, Hibachi Grill, Joyce Leslie, TGI Fridays, The Children’s Place, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, GameStop and GNC, among many others.

Retail availabilities at Blue Star Shopping Center range from 1,000 to 19,000 square feet.

In business for more than six decades, Levin is one of the nation's leading retail real estate services firms. The company has consistently grown its portfolio and internal resources, responding to a variety of retail and economic climates. The firm’s services today include leasing, property management, accounting, construction management and marketing. Levin specializes in repositioning, retenanting and renovating retail properties – areas that have become particularly vital for today’s institutional and individual property owners. Levin serves properties ranging from neighborhood, community, lifestyle and power centers, to enclosed malls, street retail, downtown stores and mixed-use projects in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia and North Carolina.

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