Fishers' Depot lands Charlotte pizza chain as anchor tenant

June 20, 2014
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North Carolina-based Brixx Wood Fired Pizza has signed on as the anchor tenant in The Depot at Nickel Plate, a $42 million apartment-and-retail project under construction in downtown Fishers.

Developer Flaherty & Collins Properties announced the deal Friday morning, saying Brixx will occupy 3,824 square feet of space (plus outdoor dining) on the southwest corner of Municipal Drive and 116th Street. The restaurant is expected to open in October.

The Depot at Nickel Plate launched a long-awaited transformation of the town’s sleepy downtown. Since making redevelopment a priority in 2012, the town has attracted more than $93 million in downtown construction.

Officials want to build a lively, walkable core to attract businesses to the largely residential community.

Brixx is the first tenant to publicly commit to The Depot.

Founded in 1998 in an historic neighborhood in Charlotte, N.C., it now has 25 locations across the Southeast. Fishers will be its first Midwest location.

In addition to wood-fired pizzas cooked in brick ovens, Brixx offers salads, pastas and sandwiches—plus an assortment of beer and wine.

The Depot at Nickel Plate, which broke ground in October 2013, will have 242 high-end apartments and 17,000 square feet of retail space, Flaherty & Collins said. Construction should wrap up by April, but the first units are expected to be available this fall.

The town attracted The Depot development by contributing land and $11 million for a 430-space parking garage, which will be open to the public.

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  • Good paying jobs.
    I thought one of Fadness's selling points for the depot is it would be a building that would attract high paying jobs. Will this pizza place be paying a yearly salary of 70,000 to a 100,000 grand a year. Let me guess Fadness will be utilizing more TIF's to make up the difference in salary owed. Fadness economics give away 11 million dollars to attract low paying jobs while using TIF's to fund projects for his developer buddies and ignoring the growing debt of our schools.
  • Reality
    guess what happens when all those condos go on top of the small retail and food stores below.....people pay property taxes which go directly to schools. stop you're whining. this will bring jobs and will be good for the area. some high paying, some lower end jobs. either way, attracting business and consumers to the area.
  • Pizza as anchor
    Really? Another pizza joint and to anchor a high end development project. I can see this anchor sinking the ship.
  • Nice try Brett
    Except if you read the story it isn't condos above the 1st-level retail, it's apartments. And apartment-dwellers don't pay property taxes. There are so many negatives to this project it's insane. I still don't see much positive to it. And announcing a chain pizza restaurant leasing 3400 SF as the "anchor tenant" doesn't give me a lot of confidence either.
  • By the way...
    I'll keep supporting Rockstone when I want wood-fired pizza. At least they're local. Confused, I hope you were one of the people who turned out to vote against Fadness. Too bad not enough of us did. Nice to get to be mayor when you didn't even get half the votes.
  • no bang
    Unfortunately there's not enough parking to attract a nice sit down establishment like a Bonefish Grill or a high end Steakhouse... like a Morton's or a Sullivan's type---too bad some other ideas weren't worked out for additional parking---like the car lot across the street.... just saying...
    • it's a shame
      This is a real shame. This will be a blight on downtown fishers. There are already 4 upper scale pizza places in walking distance and at least 4 more that will deliver to you in that area.
    • It's all about the dough...
      Not enough parking??? I thought that parking and a high end restaraunt were all part of Scott's plan with the Depot. So I have to ask two things. One, when it's all done will we have more pizza joints or grocery stores along 116th Street. Two, when will we start holding our leaders accountable to delivering what was promised.
    • Curmudgeons
      If you've been paying attention you would know that once finished you will have plenty of parking. You would also know that there is lots of space for more retail and dining. I'm sure this is the first of the announcements we'll see. As far as high paying jobs in the area, the office buildings being built in the downtown will hopefully have that covered. I doubt they ever promised that high paying jobs would come from the retail space. I don't disagree about the pizza joint though. I hope it works and that there is plenty of traffic downtown to meet the supply, but it might be tough. I will hold my judgement until it's done.
    • Disappointed indeed
      I don't live in Fishers nor do I get up to this area that often, but when I first read the article in the IBJ about what the Depot was going to be, I was a little excited. After reading this article and talking with a few residents, forget about it. This is a big disappointment.
    • Brett
      Stop the whining? So the individuals who live out on Cyntheanne Road are going to drive by all the pizza chains on Olio road to go to this one? I am sure they will enjoy the scenic views of empty warehouse, retail, and office space sitting empty on their way downtown. Are these empty buildings bringing in tax revenue? I thought Fadness promised to bring in upscale dining as to make down town Fishers a destination spot. If these are the types of buisness that will be occupying the depot they will have an extremly difficult time competing with Hamilton Town Center and all the new buisness along Olio road. Also you mention the individuals who live there would be paying property tax. What confuses me is the individuals living there are renters who do not pay property tax. Also I am sure the developers were given tax abatements along with millions of dollars and free land. Tax breaks and renters do not equal more tax dollars to the local schools. I am curious when tax dollars become available are they required to pay back theTIF first or does it go where its needed? I know it's a complicated issue. I am sure the teachers at HSE that will lose their jobs in a couple of years will understand and realize how much more important down town Fishers is than the education of our children. Brett it's not whining but a simple statement of fact Fadness has ran up deficits using TIF's that typically go to schools. A pizza place, a coffe shop, or a phone shop will not off set the tax dollars he has given away. Fadness should just stick to what he does best. Driving around listening to Old Crow Medicine Show, wearing skinny jeans, drinking diet coke, while looking for a new donut shop to get his donut fix.
    • Predictable
      I knew as soon as I read pizza in the headline that the comments would be full of "another pizza place?" One thing I didn't expect was someone saying that there isn't enough parking for a place like Bonefish Grill. Not enough parking?? Really?? There will be a 430 space parking garage. Have you ever been to the Bonefish in Castleton? There are a heck of a lot less parking places there. And to the person who complained that this project was said to bring high paying jobs but we got a pizza place, no one said those high paying jobs would be at The Depot. The Depot is mixed use retail and apartments. But a place like this will be more of a lure to other businesses that may have high paying jobs. No one, except you apparently, interpreted that to mean those high paying jobs would actually be in The Depot's retail section. Let's remember this is just one tenant. There will be several more. Geez, people around here get worked up over little thing.s
    • Cheddar's
      Even a Cheddars would be nice
    • Healthy restaurants
      How about Sweet Tomatoes or First Watch and Chipotle.
    • Let's be real
      Let's be real here folks. A high-end restaurant is not going to locate in Fishers. The demographics just don't support a place like Morton's or Ruth's Chris. Also, while Bonefish Grill is a nice place, it is definitely not "upscale."
    • Local
      Fishers needs some local flair. Leave the franchises out!! Like an Edwards Drive In

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