Carrie Rengers

Accent Lighting to expand with new building

UPDATED –The Waterfront is going to get just a bit brighter thanks to its latest deal.

Accent Lighting is going to build a new store at the development at 13th and Webb Road.

The store, which currently is in Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn, will be east of Bonefish Grill and behind Dillehay Orthodontics.

“Our entire operation will be there,” co-owner Patrick Graf says of the store’s showroom, office and warehouse.

“We like to keep it that way. We’re a lot more efficient when that happens.”

The new store, which is still in the design phase, will have about 20,000 square feet with room for expansion.

“The Waterfront has … a lot of amenities to it,” Graf says. “The whole planned development is top notch and beautiful and has great tenants.”

This makes the fourth site for the store since the Graf family opened it downtown in 1979.

Graf and his brother, Paul, ran the store from the beginning, but there were other family members who were owners in the business. The brothers have since purchased those interests and now are the sole owners.

After leaving downtown years ago, Accent Lighting then moved to Comotara Center at 29th and Rock Road where Five Guys Burgers and Fries now is.

“We outgrew it,” Graf says.

Also, the store had an off-site warehouse, and Graf says he and his brother wanted everything in one place.

So 11 years ago, they moved the store to 15,000 square feet at Brittany Center.

Now, they’ve outgrown that. Plus they’re leasing the space, and the brothers wanted to change that.

“We’ve always wanted to own our own building,” Graf says.

He and his brother purchased almost two acres, which Graf says should be good for the next few decades.

Craig Simon of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Mike Loveland of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Accent Lighting sells lighting fixtures for residential and commercial use along with home accessories.

“Accent Lighting has a longstanding reputation as the area’s premier lighting supplier,” says the Waterfront’s Stephen Clark II.

He says the store will mix nicely with existing tenants and future ones.

The development is in the planning stage of a retail expansion that will be immediately east of Bonefish Grill. It will all be one building, and Accent Lighting will be in a freestanding building next to it.

Clark says he’ll have news on it soon.

Graf says the new Accent Lighting will have increased sales lines.

“We’re looking at adding new product categories.”

He estimates it will take about six months to finish design plans and a bidding process for the work. Construction likely will take another nine months or so after that.

Graf says he and his brother appreciate that they need to expand and are able to do it.

“We’ve been fortunate.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers