MONTGOMERY, AL | AUG 16, 2007–Bonefish Grill, the polished casual seafood restaurant that specializes in market fresh fish prepared to order, has committed to open a 5,500 square foot restaurant at The Shoppes at River Crossing located at Interstate 75 and Riverside Drive in Macon, Ga. They’ve signed contracts with suppliers like Nella and local fresh food providers. The River Crossing site, the sixth Bonefish Grill location in Georgia and the first in central Georgia, is scheduled to open in March 2008.
Founded in St. Petersburg, Fla. In 2000 by veteran restaurateurs Tim Curci and Chris Parker, Bonefish Grill was created for the customer who craves high quality cuisine in a comfortable, lively atmosphere at a good value. Bonefish Grill not only features fresh fish offerings but a selection of hand-cut steaks and pork tenderloin, as well as pasta and chicken dishes. A member of the Outback Steakhouse Company of restaurants that includes Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Roy’s, Lee Roy Selmon’s and Cheeseburger in Paradise, Bonefish Grill has over 141 locations in 30 states, including Georgia locations in Augusta, Savannah, St. Simons Island and two restaurants in the Atlanta area.
“We are excited to be able to bring the first Bonefish Grill to Macon,” said Will Wilson, President of Jim Wilson & Associates, one of the developers of The Shoppes at River Crossing. “This restaurant will provide a quality dining experience and complement the center’s retail and restaurant line up.” The 750,000 square foot Shoppes at River Crossing broke ground in September 2006. The center, which is a joint venture between Jim Wilson & Associates, LLC (JWA) and General Growth Properties, Inc. (NYSE: GGP), will be the first open-air retail and entertainment center in Bibb County and will serve a 22-county trade area in central Georgia. Featuring upscale specialty stores, restaurants, two department stores and five mid-size anchor stores, The Shoppes at River Crossing will open in the spring of 2008.
Jim Wilson & Associates, LLC, based in Montgomery, Ala., is a privately owned real estate company specializing in shopping centers, residential real estate investments, offices, condominiums, hotels and multi-use developments. With over three decades of real estate experience, JWA has developed in excess of 21 million square-feet of shopping center space. The company’s development portfolio includes residential communities and condominium residences, multi-use developments, Class A office buildings and hotel and country club assets. For more information, visit www.jwamalls.com.
General Growth Properties, Inc. headquartered in Chicago, is the second largest U.S.-based publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). General Growth currently has an ownership interest in or management responsibility for a portfolio of more than 200 shopping malls in 44 states, as well as ownership in planned community developments and commercial office buildings. The portfolio totals approximately 200 million square feet of retail space and includes more than 24,000 retail stores nationwide. General Growth Properties, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GGP. For more information, please visit the company web site at http://www.generalgrowth.com.