TAMPA, Fla., July 8, 2014 – Blo Blow Dry Bar, the world’s largest blow dry chain, and its sister company, Body By Blo will open their first Tampa location at MetWest International in Tampa’s Westshore Business District. The 1,250 square foot bar will be located in the retail section of the development between The Bar Method and Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant. Kalyn Brandewie of Florida Retail Partners brokered the deal on behalf of the project’s owner MetLife while co-broker Paul Royak of Avison Young represented Blo.
“With nearly 4,000 employees on-site in MetWest’s three office buildings, Blo will have a ready-made customer base,” stated Brandewie. “I can’t wait to make my first appointment when Blo and Body By Blo opens later this month.”
“We’re so excited to be bringing Blo and Body By Blo to Tampa and specifically to MetWest! We chose MetWest because it’s a first class property with an excellent location. We want to be able to provide the level of service that the people who live, work and play at MetWest deserve. We’re going to be offering the best of its kind in products and services in our industry and can’t wait to share Blo/Body by Blo with our own local community.” – Cynthia Keenan. Blo Mama/Franchise Partner
The MetWest location will combine the two Blo concepts: Blo Blow Dry Bar and Body By Blo. Blo is North America’s Original Blow Dry Bar, a place for quick, affordable catwalk-quality blo outs. Scissors are verboten. Dye, ditto. No cuts, no color: Just WASH BLOW GO. Guests choose from seven styles featured in the Blo Hair Menu, from the razor-straight “Executive Sweet” to the runway-inspired “Pillow Talk”. Blo, started in 2007, currently has 40 locations across North America, Philippines and Russia with more opening soon. www.blomedry.com
Body By Blo is a beauty bar dedicated to nails and wax created so women can fit beauty into their busy schedules. The beauty bar will be open seven days a week. Body by Blo is an affordable, convenient and quick luxury with an emphasis on guest experience, superior training, a sleek build and cheeky brand. The first Body By Blo opened with Blo Seaport in Boston with Gaithersburg, Maryland and multiple Florida locations to open soon. The MetWest location will be the 3rd location of Body by Blo in the franchise. www.bodybyblo.com
About MetWest International
MetWest International is an award winning, mixed-use center being developed by MetLife. Located across from Tampa International Airport and International Plaza in the Westshore Business District, MetWest International includes One MetroCenter, the Gold LEED Certified MetWest One and MetWest Two. A third office building will be started as demand dictates. Four well-known restaurants, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, Kona Grill, Texas de Brazil and the soon to open Del Frisco’s Grille located their first Tampa locations in the project’s retail village. When complete, the pedestrian-friendly, urban-oriented development will include:
- Nearly one million square feet of Class A office space
- 74,200 square foot retail village
- 260 room full-service upscale hotel
- 254 residential units
The project has received four Best of the Best NAIOP awards, including Outstanding Green Building/Project, Outstanding Office Building (MetWest One) and Outstanding Retail Building. Additionally, Taylor & Mathis was awarded Developer of the Year for their role in developing the mixed-use project. Taylor & Mathis serves as the development manager for the project and handles office leasing and management responsibilities. Florida Retail Partners handles the project’s retail leasing.
About Florida Retail Partners, an X Team Partner
X Team partner Florida Retail Partners handles retail leasing for the project. Founded in 1997, the company’s focus is tenant and landlord representation, sales and leasing on Florida’s West Coast and Central Florida.
X Team is an international alliance of retail real estate specialists with offices located in major cities throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. X Team partners average more than 20 years of industry experience, with expertise in major markets worldwide, specializing in tenant, property and developer/landlord representation, workout services, property dispositions and retail investments. X Team services include transaction negotiation, portfolio analysis, lease valuations, acquisitions, and asset assessment and valuation. For more information, please visit www.floridaretailpartners.com