Regency Properties announced that Roppongi Japanese Steakhouse will open soon at its Cross Pointe Commerce Center on Evansville’s east side. The new restaurant will feature ten Hibachi tables, a sushi bar and a full bar. Roppongi will open in early December and serve lunch from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and dinner from 4:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Lee Weeks, owner of Roppongi, said the restaurant will bring fifteen new jobs to the area and will also employ highly experienced Japanese chefs, each with five to seven years culinary experience. It will be located in Cross Pointe Commerce Center in the building formerly operated by LA Grill & Ale House.

“We are thrilled to be opening Roppongi at Cross Pointe. It’s a great location with other popular restaurants nearby,” said Weeks. “The Regency team is awesome and it has been great working with them on this project.”

Roppongi is named for the popular Japanese shopping and entertainment district. “It is the place everyone wants to go,” said Weeks.

Regency Properties has owned and managed commercial real estate properties, including Cross Pointe Commerce Center, for over 50 years. Starting first in Evansville with Westgate Shopping Center in 1950s, the company has grown to include 30 shopping centers and developments in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Florida.

Jim McKinney (center) Receives Volunteer of the Year Award
Jim McKinney (center) Receives Volunteer of the Year Award

Commitment to community improvement and bettering the state’s economic climate led to Evansville’s Jim McKinney receiving an Indiana Chamber of Commerce 2011 Volunteer of the Year award. The honor was presented today during a luncheon ceremony at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.

McKinney has a long history of partnering with business and community leaders to improve the quality of life and business opportunities for Hoosiers. He’s spent the last 34 years with Evansville-based Regency Properties, which owns and operates 31 shopping centers in eight states and has a residential division in Indiana and Illinois. McKinney has overseen operations at the company for the last 19 years as its president and CEO.

Under McKinney’s leadership, Regency Properties strives to better the communities in which it has a presence. He has also served on numerous Indiana Chamber public policy committees (education, economic development and tax to name a few) and currently is a member of the task force for Indiana Vision 2025, the organization’s long-term economic development plan for the state to be unveiled next year.

“Jim McKinney’s dedication to making a difference in Indiana is evident,” offers Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar. “He’s invested time and resources into a number of significant projects in his local community and beyond. He’s also put forth a great deal of effort through the years toward our organization’s fundraising, policy-making process, and membership recruitment and retention.”

McKinney wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I enjoy the reward of seeing something good happen, and this organization (the Indiana Chamber) is a facilitator in that,” he says. “And, it’s nice to know that I’ve had input in that. It’s been very rewarding.”

Also recognized as an Indiana Chamber Volunteer of the Year at the 12th annual event: Chris LaMothe, president of Daleville-based Sherry Laboratories; and Brian McDermott, shareholder at Indianapolis-based Ogletree Deakins law firm. In addition, Unified Group Services, Inc. of Anderson was named 2011 Small Business of the Year.

Jeff Howell, Vice President of Property Management at Evansville’s Regency Properties, has earned the designation of Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). The certification was awarded to Howell following his demonstration of excellence and knowledge in shopping center management.

Howell has been with Regency Properties since 2004. He is responsible for the direction and leadership of the company’s property management function in the seven states in which it operates shopping centers. Howell is instrumental in leading the company’s strategic growth initiative. A licensed Real Estate Broker, Howell holds a BS in Industrial Supervision from Purdue University, a BS in Physics from University of Evansville, and Masters of Business Administration from University of Evansville. He also holds Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification.

Howell and his wife, Julie, have two sons and live in Warrick County. He is an active committee member of the Newburgh Young Life organization and is an Advisory Board Member for the University of Evansville’s Schroeder Family School of Business.

Regency Properties has owned and managed commercial real estate properties for over 50 years. Starting first in Evansville with Westgate Shopping Center in 1950s, the company has grown to include 30 shopping centers and developments in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Florida.

Regency Properties announced that Solaris Tan will open a salon in Evansville’s Ross Center in early October. Solaris Tan has operated a tanning salon on Weinbach Avenue for five years and the new location will employ eight people.

Lisa Angel, the salon owner, said, “We are very excited to show our valuable clients the new Ross Center location and all our hard work for their relaxation and tanning needs.”

Solaris Tan offers monthly specials on four levels of tanning beds and the spray tanning service, Mystic Tan. They also feature SpaCapsule, a touchless massage bed. Ross Center is located on Washington Avenue and Boeke Road on Evansville’s east side.

“We are excited to welcome Solaris Tan to our group of tenants at Ross Center,” said Regency’s Jim Wittman, Vice President of Development and Leasing. “Our goal is to offer shopping centers that attract successful tenants to ultimately better serve local customers.”

Regency Properties owns, manages and leases commercial properties in middle American county-seat communities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana. For over 50 years, the company has endeavored to provide continually upgraded and improved commercial centers in the eight states it serves.

Regency Properties recently purchased four shopping centers in two southern states. In August, the Evansville, Indiana based commercial real estate company acquired three centers in Vancleave, Wiggins and Quitman, Mississippi and a shopping center in Havana, Florida. Green Acres Shopping Center in Havana marks Regency’s first center in Florida.

“While we’ve had a strong presence in many southern states for several years, we are excited to enter the Florida commercial real estate market and begin serving the town of Havana,” said Jim McKinney, Regency Properties’ President and Chief Executive Officer.

Howard McKinnon, Town Manager for Havana said, “We look forward to Regency coming to Havana and becoming a part of our corporate community.” Havana is located in northwest Florida about 17 miles outside of Tallahassee.

Regency also purchased three new centers in Mississippi. The company now owns Quitman Shopping Center in Quitman, Vancleave Shopping Center in Vancleave and Village Square Shopping Center in Wiggins, Mississippi. Each new property boasts strong regional or national tenants and two of the properties include a Greer’s grocery store.

Jackie Greer, owner of the grocery stores, said “We are excited about the plans we have made with Regency Properties to invest in the communities. Having a property owner like Regency who cares about the communities they are in will be a big plus and we appreciate their support!”

Both Greer’s and Regency are working together to upgrade the centers and improve the shopping experience for local shoppers.

Despite the slowed economic times, Regency has continued to invest in county-seat communities across the midwest and southeastern parts of the United States. In the last twelve months, Regency has purchased seven shopping centers and has plans to spend over a half a million to upgrade or renovate many of the properties.

Regency Properties owns, manages and leases commercial properties in middle American county-seat communities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana. For over 50 years, the company has endeavored to provide continually upgraded and improved commercial centers in the eight states it serves.