May 2011

  • May

The Design Center of the Carolinas Announces New Tenant and Office Space Expansions

May 31, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC—The Design Center of the Carolinas announced a new tenant and that two of its existing tenants are expanding their workspaces to accommodate new hires, a further sign that the Charlotte economic recovery is gathering steam.

“This is another positive step for the Design Center of the Carolinas and represents the right kind of growth for our economy. We’re adding and supporting local businesses with more space and opportunities for growth in the future,” said Ivy Greaner, chief operating officer of Ram Realty Services. “I’m thrilled they’ve chosen to grow their businesses here.”

ettain is expanding by 3,000 square feet, bringing their total to 10,568 square feet. “As a result of increased customer demand, ettain group has hired more than 150 people over the past 12 months. Being headquartered here in Charlotte and having been in the Design Center for 10 plus years, we are excited about our opportunity for continued growth and office expansion. The new space will not only create needed desk space for new hires, but will also provide ettain group with additional meeting rooms and leadership offices,” said Brian Deblitz, ettain Partner/CFO. ettain group, inc. is a privately-held, award-winning IT Solutions company that provides IT staffing, technology and management consulting. Scott Wilson, Director of brokerage services for Childress Klein Properties represented ettain.

CSG Systems offices, which occupy more than 8,000 square feet, will be expanding to 10,000 square feet. CSG Systems merged with Quaero in 2008 and offers account management and billing software to the communication industries.

A startup company, Tresata opened its new office in the Courtyard at the Design Center in early May. Founded by former Bank of America executive Abhi Mehta, Tresata is a financial services data company that creates tools on top of open source software and commoditized hardware.

The Design Center of the Carolinas is ideally located between Camden Road, West Tremont and Worthington Avenues in the Historic South End of Charlotte, NC, along the LYNX Light Rail at East/West Blvd. A signature example of adaptive reuse of historic buildings, DCC is comprised of three distinct buildings featuring exposed brick, expansive windows and compelling architectural details, giving a vintage vibe to contemporary workspace. Its trademark water tower is also a landmark of Historic South End and a symbol of its urban redevelopment. This unique workspace is designed to bring life to a progressive mix of showrooms, studios, offices and event spaces, resulting in a one-of-a-kind gathering place for creativity and forward-thinking businesses. For more information, please visit

  • May

Urban Exchange to Open at Woodlands Square

May 12, 2011

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., May 12, 2011 – Ram, a leader in real estate development and value-added acquisition activity, announced today that Urban Exchange has signed a lease for 2,000 square feet of retail space at Woodlands Square, a 300,000 square foot regional shopping center in Oldsmar, Florida.

Urban Exchange is a trendy, cutting-edge resale store geared to younger adults and teens seeking popular brand name clothes and accessories at discounted prices. Urban Exchange offers a new way to shop by giving customers the option to buy, sell or trade and get a new wardrobe look for less. A mid-2011 opening is planned.

Woodlands Square is located on the northwest corner of Tampa Road and Curlew Road in Oldsmar. Ram acquired the property in 2006, completely renovating the center including façade, roofs and parking lot. Anchor tenants include Beall’s Department Store, AMC Theatre, Marshall’s and Office Depot.