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Discussion with #Entrepreneur Super Taco on #CRE Experience | Commercial Main N State


As a disclaimer, I, Kristian Lee, am a commercial real estate broker for Schulz Properties, Ltd., I have an exclusive listing agreement with the ownership of Crossroads Plaza. I represented the ownership (landlord) in the lease transaction and negotiations with Super Taco and Mr. Javier Tamayo.

On the morning of November 16, 2013 I sat down with Javier Tamayo, discuss his experience in opening hisMexican taco carry out: Super Taco. Super Taco opened their doors to the public in October of this year and with only roughly a month of being open Javier was very pleased with how the business has taken root and the feedback from the public thus-far.


I met Javier back in March of 2013 when he contacted me with his carry out business idea and wanting to look at the available space at Crossroads Plaza. Unfortunately, all the available spaces at Crossroads Plaza were non-restaurant space, which meant Javier would have to build the space from scratch adding a hood, trench the concrete for plumbing and a grease trap and convert a standard retail space into a functional code compliant restaurant suite. 


I asked him how he determined where to open his new concept. In any retail business location is key. Fortunately, Crossroads Plaza is located at Caton Farm Road and Countyline Road surrounded by a number of residential developments with over 15,000 residents. Javier lives in the Clearwater Springs subdivision located just minutes from Crossroads Plaza. He chose Crossroads Plaza due to proximity to his home, his experience with the daily traffic at the center and the distance from the main retail corridor of Route 59. Believing that families would desire a fresh food Mexican carry out in the area he searched no further than Crossroads Plaza.


From March to mid-July we negotiated the terms of the lease and Javier worked to get his construction drawings completed and solidify his costs to build the carry out restaurant. When asked if the initial budget met the final costs of the build out he stated that since he has a lot of experience with construction work that he was able to perform a lot of tasks himself which allowed him to maintain the costs and keep them under control. Once the lease was executed in late July, permits were submitted and construction was commenced. The construction took roughly three months to transform the open shell retail space into the bright and new Super Taco.

So far Javier has been very happy with his first retail commercial real estate experience. In the near future Super Taco will expand their menu. He also has plans to be able to provide on-site party catering, bringing the fresh Mexican tacos to parties and social events. 


If you are seeking fresh Mexican carry out food please stop by and visit a neighbor and the new local business Super Taco at Crossroads Plaza


7158 S. Caton Farm Road
Plainfield, IL

Kristian Lee (88 Posts)

Kristian is a licensed Illinois Commercial Real Estate REALTOR since 2003 working with small to medium sized businesses locally and nationally as well as owners of real estate from office, retail to industrial at Village Commercial. in Frankfort, IL. Kristian specializes in branding each property he represents through different marketing tactics, boots on the ground and the latest technologies gained from his experience. For each tenant representation assignment he becomes his client's "in-house" broker walking them through the process from initial meeting till occupancy. He is the founder of Commercial Main N State, a blog and VBlog providing tips and market rental trends to small businesses on #CRE. He currently on the Board of Directors of the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors®

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