Monthly Archives: November 2017

Bradford Allen Completes New 10,010 SF Lease for Simple Mills

Chicago, IL – Bradford Allen is pleased to announce that Associate Matt Wright and Principal Ben Azulay completed a new lease for Simple Mills at 435 N LaSalle in Chicago. Simple Mills will occupy 10,010 square-feet, relocating from 444 N Wells Street. Cushman and Wakefield’s Andrea Saewitz and Ben Cleveland represented the Landlord, Elmdale, in the transaction.

Founded by Katlin Smith in 2012, Simple Mills is a health food company based in Chicago, IL. Simple Mills makes simple, whole food ingredient baking mixes, crackers, cookies and frostings that are naturally gluten-free, grain free and Non-GMO project certified. Simple Mills is currently the fastest-growing brand in natural baking mixes and crackers, ranking #1 in natural baking mixes and #2 in natural crackers by dollars sold.

“Working with Simple Mills was highly enjoyable, their highly talented team possessed an energy and passion for the brand and company’s future that was inspiring,” said Wright. “This is an exciting time for Simple Mills, and the new space should allow them to scale efficiently while also providing a bright backdrop to help display their expanding product line.”

Elmdale purchased 435 N LaSalle, a timber loft building, in 2015. It was originally designed by Adler and Sullivan and is located in the heart of River North at LaSalle and Hubbard. Elmdale brought life back into the building by making some much-needed improvements to the entry, lobby, common corridors, elevators, and washrooms. With 13’ ceilings and large windows facing south and west, there is an abundance of natural light, an important feature to Simple Mills.


Bradford Allen Adds 4 New Leasing Assignments

Chicago, IL – Daniel Fernitz, Executive Managing Director of Agency Services, is pleased to announce that Bradford Allen has been appointed the exclusive leasing agent for four properties, one in Chicago and three in the East-West Corridor. Managing Director Chris Surico will be the Leasing Agent for the combined 130,000 SF of office space.

Construction Management has hired Bradford Allen to represent the following four properties, the Ashton Medical and Surgical Center in Hoffman Estates, 4111 W. 26th Street in Chicago, and 2208 Midwest Road and the Oak Brook Medical and Surgical Center, both in Oakbrook.

“We are excited to announce the expansion of our office portfolio with these four well-positioned properties in Chicagoland,” said Ferntiz. “These new leasing assignments were sourced through Chris Surico’s long-term relationships and are a testament to his professionalism and proven ability to create value for his clients.”


Principal Ben Azulay Elected to TCN Board of Directors

Chicago, IL – Jeffrey Bernstein and Laurence Elbaum, Principals and Co-Founders of Bradford Allen are pleased to announce the election of Ben Azulay, Principal and Executive Managing Director of Bradford Allen, to the TCN Worldwide Board of Directors. In addition, Ben was named Secretary of the Board. Bradford Allen has been a member of TCN Worldwide since 2004, and through this affiliation, Bradford Allen is able to service its clients locally, nationally, and internationally. Ben’s involvement continues BA’s tradition of leadership within TCN as Laurence Elbaum served nine years on the Board of Directors, including four years as Chairman from 2010-2014.

“We are thrilled that Ben was elected to the TCN Worldwide Board of Directors,” said Elbaum. “Ben has been with BA for 13 years and is integral to our team. Ben has demonstrated his leadership capabilities with TCN for years as a multiple winner of the TCN Team Player Award and his tenure as Regional Vice President for TCN’s Central Region. I am so happy to see him continue our firm’s tradition of leadership within TCN. Ben is recognized as an influential member of our firm, mentoring new brokers and providing first-class service to his clients”.

Joining Bradford Allen in 2004, Ben has built his national client base by focusing on representing tenants whose operations are based in Chicagoland. Throughout his tenure with the firm, Ben has represented large users of office space in a wide array of transactions including GrubHub, Northwestern Mutual, MedSpeed, Eagle Seven, Vision Critical, and Stratex, to name a few.

Azulay is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree. He sits on the Board of American Friends of the Hebrew University and Ramah Wisconsin. Ben and his wife Heidi, a partner at DLA Piper, currently reside in Chicago with their four children.