CarMax in Corpus Christi Celebrates Grand Opening

EMJ’s fourth project to date for CarMax opened last week in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Located on five acres, construction of the 7,500-square-foot store included all site work and installing of a below grade 2,000-gallon fuel storage tank.

“The team’s hard work and client support was outstanding,” said George Heath, EMJ Vice President of Construction. “Their diligence led us to the recent award of two new stores in Denton and Lubbock.”

EMJ’s ongoing partnership with CarMax is what EMJ refers to as programmatic work—performing multiple projects for one client of similar scope and size. This type of relationship enables our team to develop a highly tailored, efficient construction process for the client that supports long-term consistency, accountability and trust.

Look for more updates on the team’s work with CarMax, and congrats to the Corpus Christi team on a job well done!

Jon Fair, Project Manager
Daniel Brantley, Superintendent
Conner Kamps, Preconstruction Manager
Will Morris, Project Engineer
Kathy Griffin, Accounting Manager
Suzanna Trent, Administrative Assistant

Visit www.carmax.com for additional information about CarMax.

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CarMax in Norman Celebrates Grand Opening

 

CarMax in Norman Celebrates Grand Opening

Norman, Okla., now has a new CarMax store! EMJ joined CarMax in celebrating the grand opening of its new location on Wednesday.

This marks EMJ’s third project to date for CarMax, and another store is currently under construction in Corpus Christi, Texas.

“This was an outstanding performance by our project team, and they have continued to solidify our relationship with CarMax,” said George Heath, EMJ Vice President – Retail. “They have been a good programmatic client for us and have asked us to pursue three more projects in Texas and Mississippi.”

Dan Swope, CarMax Location General Manager, shares George’s sentiment, “It was fantastic being in our new home today.  We have been looking forward to this for so long, and we wanted to say thank you for the care and attention you put into our facility.  You have been awesome partners along the way!”

EMJ’s partnership with CarMax is what EMJ refers to as programmatic work—performing multiple projects for one client of similar scope and size. This type of relationship enables our team to develop a highly tailored, efficient construction process for the client that supports long-term consistency, accountability and trust.

Look for more updates on the team’s work with CarMax, and congrats to the Norman team on a job well done!

Jonathan Fair, Project Manager
Drew Halsey, Vice President of Preconstruction
Conner Kamps, Preconstruction Manager
Andrew Lackey, Project Engineer
Will Morris, Project Engineer
Rickey Palmer, Superintendent
Brenda Palmer, Administrative Assistant
Sheila Nazario-Thomas, Administrative Assistant
Mary Gross, Project Accountant

Visit https://www.carmax.com/ for additional information about CarMax.

 

EMJ celebrates 23-year partnership with Walmart

Last week, EMJ celebrated the grand opening of its 30th Walmart store, marking an important milestone in our 23-year partnership with the retailer.

The 200,000-square-foot store in El Paso, Texas, is a new prototype with a larger footprint and grocery home pick-up center.

“I am extremely proud of the project team,” said George Heath, Vice President – Retail, EMJ Construction Dallas. “They demonstrated selflessness, trustworthiness and grit and did an excellent job of executing this project and continuing our long tradition of success with the Walmart program.”

The EMJ, Walmart relationship began in 1995, but picked up steam in 2010 when the retailer ramped up their new store construction program. EMJ pursued their work throughout the West Coast and Texas markets and developed a programmatic team to handle the growth.

“We constantly trained new team members, created a rigid compliance and stormwater program to respond to the increasing demands of the Walmart Realty Department,” said Heath. “Our predictable execution yielded six negotiated projects and over $250 million of work in the past eight years.”

This partnership is what EMJ refers to as programmatic work—performing multiple projects for one client of similar scope and size. This type of relationship enables our team to develop a highly tailored, efficient construction process for the client that supports long-term consistency, accountability and trust.

We are thankful for our strong relationship with Walmart and for the many trade partners who support us in our work. We look forward to many more years of partnership.

Congrats to the Walmart El Paso team:

Conner Kamps, Preconstruction Manager
Cody Shulze, Project Manager
Andrew Lackey, Project Engineer
Aaron Scott, Level II Superintendent
Denver Moody, Superintendent
Ashley Turner, Operations Accountant I
Suzanna Trent, Administrative Assistant

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Moore’s awarded Subcontractor Safety Award on Danville Lidl

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Steve Totzke (EMJ Chattanooga) and Greg Newman (Moore’s Electrical and Mechanical Construction, Inc.)

 

Congratulations to Moore’s Electrical & Mechanical, who has been awarded the Subcontractor Safety Award through CORE Safety Group. EMJ nominates outstanding subcontractors each quarter, and Moore’s was selected for their commitment and dedication to safety standards on the job site.

Moore’s Electrical & Mechanical worked with EMJ Chattanooga on the Lidl project in Danville, Virginia, where they managed installation of electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and controls for the project. The German grocery store chain celebrated its grand opening on August 31.

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“In regards to safety, they were the best subcontractor I have worked with in a long time,” said Steve Totzke, Project Manager on the Danville Lidl.“Any issues were immediately resolved, they self-policed, and even watched out for other trades. It was not out of the norm for a Moore’s electrician to remind a plumbing insulator to chain his lift.”

Please join us in further recognizing and congratulating Moore’s Electrical & Mechanical for their commitment to safety and dedication to providing a high-quality experience for all involved!

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Lidl grocery stores in Virginia and North Carolina open

Lidl grocery stores in Virginia and North Carolina open

Lidl - Morehead City, NC - Grand Opening

 

Two Lidl grocery stores built by EMJ opened Thursday in Morehead City, N.C., and Danville, Va. EMJ completed a Lidl in Winston-Salem, N.C., earlier this year and has two additional stores under construction for the grocer.

The international grocery retailer with more than 10,000 locations across Europe, now has 28 stores in the U.S. with plans to open at least 80 locations up and down the East Coast by 2018.

Lidl stores offer more than 36,000 square feet of retail space and invite customers to enjoy local food without compromising on budget. The company has announced plans to offer 20 percent lower prices than other U.S.-based stores.

“I’m proud of our team’s hard work to deliver these projects efficiently and to the highest quality,” said Clint Dean, Executive Vice President of EMJ’s Chattanooga office. “We are excited to be a part of Lidl’s U.S. expansion and look forward to additional store openings later this year.”

Lidl - Danville, VA - Grand Opening

 

Congrats to the Lidl teams in Danville and Morehead City on a job well done!

Robert Cote, Superintendent
Rick Coffman, Superintendent
Steven Dowis, Superintendent
Steve Jensen, Superintendent
Ford Long, Level 1 Superintendent

Ben Caulder, Level 1 Superintendent

Richard Stone, Assistant Superintendent
Steve Totzke, Project Manager

Jonathon Woolsey, Project Engineer
Brad Primus, Preconstruction Manager
Alex Miller, Director of Preconstruction 
Gary Gibson
, Director of Construction
James Tyson, Senior Vice President of Preconstruction
Michelle Parker, Shop Drawing Expediter
Cissy Scott, Contract Expediter
Michele Cheresnick, Staff Accountant

Learn more about EMJ’s grocery construction experience here.

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EMJ’s first Lidl grocery store opens in Winston-Salem

Lidl has arrived. The international grocery retailer with more than 10,000 locations across Europe opened its first U.S. stores last week. Lidl’s expansion goals are lofty: open 100 U.S. stores by the end of 2017, followed by 100 additional stores per year over the next four years.

Today, 20 stores are under construction across the East Coast, and nine locations in North and South Carolina began serving residents last week. Among these is Lidl’s Winston-Salem, N.C., store, which was built by EMJ’s Chattanooga team. EMJ is also building four additional stores, with more to break ground soon.

Lidl prides itself on offering high quality, fresh products at low prices and its slogan, “rethink grocery,” invites customers to enjoy local food without compromising on budget. The company has announced plans to offer 20 percent lower prices than other U.S.-based stores, giving competitors like Walmart and Aldi a run for their money.

“We are excited to be part of Lidl’s progressive expansion into the U.S.” said Clint Dean, Executive Vice President of EMJ’s Chattanooga office, which is spearheading Lidl’s construction projects.

EMJ played a similar role several decades ago, managing the construction for Food Lion’s expansion in the early 1990s. The partnership included constructing over 8 million square feet of grocery stores, warehouse and distribution centers for the company over many years. More recently, our team has also performed work for Kroger, Tom Thumb, Whole Foods and Walmart.

Congrats to the Lidl team in Winston-Salem on a job well done!

Steve Dowis, Superintendent
Shane Haynes, Superintendent
Steve Totzke, Project Manager

Ben Caulder, Level 1 Superintendent

Ryan Colbert, Project Engineer
Jonathon Woolsey, Project Engineer
Brad Primus, Preconstruction Manager
Alex Miller, Director of Preconstruction 
Gary Gibson
, Director of Construction
James Tyson, Senior Vice President of Preconstruction
Michelle Parker, Shop Drawing Expediter
Cissy Scott, Contract Expediter
Michele Cheresnick, Staff Accountant

Learn more about EMJ’s grocery construction experience here.

Grand Parkway Phase I celebrates grand opening

Grand Parkway Marketplace hosted its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday, officially opening the doors to seven of its new junior anchor stores, including PetSmart, DSW, Party City, Burlington, Michaels, TJ Maxx, and Ulta Cosmetics. The center also opened many other retailers with more being added weekly.

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Developed by Kimco Realty and constructed by our EMJ Construction team, the project spans 75 acres in the Houston metro area and will feature a clear water lake including a boardwalk, fountains and fish with four surrounding restaurants. EMJ constructed the shells of all anchor stores as well as the finish-out of several of the stores within the development.

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Shown: Senator John Betancourt, Commissioner R. Jack Cagel, Robert Nadler, Conor Flynn, Alan Ferguson of Kimco, Richard Ellwood of Alta Realty

 

Phase II of the retail development is a 275,000-square-foot project across the street from Phase I.  EMJ’s Academy Sports+Outdoors is currently under construction and opening in September. Upon completion, both marketplaces will span over 100 acres.

EMJ thanks Kimco for the opportunity to build this project and for our continued partnership and looks forward to sharing Grand Parkway Marketplace II with the Spring community soon.

Programmatic experience aids Grand Parkway’s Academy

Dallas team awarded Phase II of Grand Parkway Marketplace

 

 

Programmatic experience aids Grand Parkway’s Academy

Construction is progressing on Phase II of Grand Parkway Marketplace, a retail development by Kimco Realty Corp. in Spring, Texas.

EMJ Construction’s team began drilling piers on January 27 and the shell of the 63,000 square foot Academy Sports + Outdoors, an anchor of the project, was completed on March 27—only 60 calendar days from “foundation to finish-out.”

Academy is familiar territory for the EMJ team, having constructed six previous stores for the American sports retailer, and the rate of construction is one of our team’s most efficient yet.

“Academy’s progress reflects an ideal programmatic partnership,” said Ray Catlin, Executive Vice President of the EMJ Construction. “Our previous experience with the retailer allowed our team to streamline the building process to effectively serve Kimco’s needs—in this case, a quick turnaround for the area’s growing retail demands.”

EMJ’s work on Phase II comes on the heels of Phase I, a 481,833 square foot Target-anchored shopping center across the street, which opened to the public in March.

“The team has been heads-down moving the construction forward every day rain or shine,” said Catlin.

EMJ’s 15-year partnership with Kimco has undoubtedly played a key role in the project as well. It’s what EMJ refers to as programmatic work—performing multiple projects for one client of similar scope and size, which provides long-term consistency and accountability.

“We’re working with the same client under the same expectations, same values, same goals—on a very similar scope,” said Conan Schantz, EMJ Director of Construction-Retail Development, who led efforts on Grand Parkway I and II. “You’re able to immediately implement lessons-learned and build your team around knowledge from the previous project, trust and collaboration.”

Implementation of improved practices evolve into a custom, efficient construction process for the client, which is applicable on future projects and creates exclusivity and trust between the client and contractor.

Along with Grand Parkway, Kimco owns over 520 shopping centers comprising of 85 million square feet of leasable space nationwide. Grand Parkway is EMJ’s ninth project with the publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT).