Resale shops planned for site
A shopping center near Airline Highway and Siegen Lane has been sold for $2.35 million to a group of businessmen that plans to bring two upscale resale stores to the area.
Baton Rouge Land Development, a group that includes Lafayette businessman Don Pippin Jr. and Tony Finical, of Baton Rouge, bought the center at 11112 Airline Highway in a deal that closed Friday.
The property includes two buildings that are a little over 8,000 square feet each and a 5,000-square-foot warehouse that fronts Telesmar Avenue, said Ty Harvison, an agent with NAI/Latter & Blum who represented the sellers, North Airline Properties.
Finical is the local franchisee for Plato’s Closet, a chain that buys and resells designer clothing. He plans to bring two new stores to Baton Rouge: Once Upon a Child, which buys and resells children’s clothing and accessories; and Style Encore, which buys and resells designer clothing aimed at women ages 25 to 55, said Brooke Whittington, a regional manager for Plato’s Closet.
Once Upon a Child will take up a 7,700-square-foot space occupied by Best Buy Flooring. Plans are to open the store by January.
Whittington said Once Upon a Child will pay cash for clothes, toys and furniture for infants, toddlers and children.
“They’re pretty specific and selective,” she said. “They check recalls and make sure the items are in good condition and current styles.”
This will be the fourth Once Upon a Child store in Louisiana, joining locations in Lafayette, Mandeville and Metairie.
Style Encore, also slated to open in January, will take up 4,050 square feet in the shopping center.
This will be the second location in the state; a Mandeville location opened two months ago.
Style Encore is aimed at “dressier, professional women,” who want to buy designer brands, Whittington said.
Ryan Greene, an agent with NAI/Latter & Blum who represented Baton Rouge Land Development, said the location is close to the Mall of Louisiana, the shopping centers on Siegen Lane, Denham Springs and Prairieville.
“It’s the location where they wanted to be,” he said.