Zoes Kitchen, a Texas-based restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine, has opened its first location in Central Florida at Red Willow Plaza in Winter Springs, FL. Stiles Realty, a division of Fort Lauderdale-based full-service real estate firm Stiles, executed a ten-year lease agreement with the restaurant for 2,664 square feet of retail space.

Director of Leasing, Jill Gull, represented the owner, while Ross Waters from Atlantic Retail Southeast represented Zoes Kitchen in the transaction. According to Gull, Zoes Kitchen was attracted to Red Willow because of its impressive national tenant base, central location and area demographics.

“We are very excited to continue to bring additional dining options to Red Willow Plaza with the opening of Central Florida’s first Zoes Kitchen,” said Gull. “Zoes Kitchen is a perfect fit with the tenant base at the plaza as it offers a new take on Mediterranean food in a casual setting. This is a refreshing addition to the excellent dining options currently available at the plaza.”

Gull commented on the recent leasing activity at Red Willow Plaza, noting the area has benefited from an affluent residential base and strong demographics. “The intersection fronting Red Willow Plaza is trafficked by more than 40,000 cars per day,” said Gull. “This kind of consistent high volume has driven the positive leasing activity. In addition to Zoës Kitchen, Banfield Pet Hospital and Five Guys Burgers and Fries Restaurant will open in late 2015 and early 2016, respectively.”

Zoës Kitchen is a fast casual restaurant concept serving simple, tasty, and fresh Mediterranean-inspired dishes that are made from scratch daily. The restaurant has 165 locations in 17 states across the country.

Located at 5930 Red Bug Lake Road, the 93,625-square-foot Plaza is 77 percent leased to AT&T, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Jimmy John’s, Party City and more. The center is anchored by The Fresh Market, creating attractive opportunity for potential retailers. For more information, visit www.redwillowplaza.com.

About Stiles:

Stiles is a full-service commercial real estate firm with a clear mission: Invest. Build. Manage. Stiles services include development, construction, architecture, property management, leasing and brokerage, tenant project management, acquisitions and real estate fund management. The company is responsible for more than 43 million square feet of office, residential, industrial, retail and mixed-use projects throughout Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee. In addition to its core services, the company manages the Stiles Property Fund, a discretionary value-added real estate fund focused on existing distressed office and retail real estate in Florida. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Stiles maintains offices in Miami, West Palm Beach, Naples/Fort Myers, and Orlando, Florida, as well as a development office in Charlotte, North Carolina. Learn more about Stiles at stiles.com.