Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

News release


JLL Brokers Land Acquisition for New Meson Sandwiches Location in Orlando

JLL exclusively represents Meson Sandwiches in its brand expansion across Florida; restaurant chain plans to add three to six locations through 2018 

ORLANDO, November 21, 2016 - JLL announces that the firm brokered the purchase of a one-acre parcel on behalf of Meson Sandwiches, a fast-casual restaurant chain based out of Puerto Rico. The parcel is located at 3851 Millenia Blvd. in the new Gardens on Millenia Shopping Center in Orlando, Florida.  Meson Sandwiches plans to develop a new 3,500-square-foot location from the ground-up that will become its fourth in Central Florida.

JLL Vice President of Retail Brokerage Andy Carlson and JLL Associate of Retail Brokerage Vanessa Perez represented Meson Sandwiches in the purchase of the parcel from Heartwood 21, LLC.

Based in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, Meson Sandwiches is a growing fast-casual restaurant chain that serves up hot grilled sandwiches with rich Caribbean flavours, as well as salads, pastries and breakfast items. Meson's tag line is "Famous Sandwiches, Fresh Breakfast Anytime and Serious Coffee" as all orders are made fresh; there are no microwaves or warmers used in the restaurant. Meson has its own brand of coffee using beans that the company grows in Puerto Rico. All coffee is espresso based to provide a bolder flavour over traditional drip coffee.

Considered the largest and one of the fastest growing restaurant chains in Puerto Rico with 36 locations, the brand is currently expanding in the Florida market with plans to add three to six locations through 2018.

"Orlando's strong population growth and increasing visitor numbers make this an extremely attractive market for foreign chains looking to build their presence in the United States," said JLL's Andy Carlson. "We are actively working with Meson Sandwiches as the brand continues to expand its operations across key Florida markets like the Orlando area." 

Today, Meson Sandwiches already has locations in Florida Mall and Vineland Outlets and a free-standing restaurant in Osceola Parkway. A new location in Premium Outlets is expected to open by early next year, followed by new locations in Gardens on Millenia and Lee Vista Promenade projected to open by the third quarter of 2018.

Meson's newest location at Gardens on Millenia Shopping Center is slated to begin construction by early 2018 and will feature a drive through as well as 50 parking spaces. The center is anchored by Costco, Academy Sports and Hobby Lobby.

Meson Sandwiches continues to expand at a time when the region's population is experiencing steady growth. According to JLL's 2016 Florida Retail Report, Orlando ranks 2nd in forecasted population growth among Florida's major markets, with an estimated influx of 60,000 new residents by the end of 2016. The retail trade sector also reported a 3.5% increase in year-over-year job growth.  

Across the country, JLL's 3,700 client-centric retail professionals provide comprehensive retail intelligence trusted to enhance the performance of the top retail brands and investors around the globe.

JLL partners with hundreds of retailers from emerging e-commerce to multinational brands to shape their investment, site selection and brand strategies. The firm's dedicated specialists are backed by industry-leading technology and cutting-edge research to help clients through every phase of the retail process, from leasing strategy, foodservice consulting, portfolio optimization, store disposals, cross border expansion, research & consultancy, property management or project management. JLL's retail teams understand the inherent complexities and variability associated with both the retail industry and increasingly complex capital markets. JLL also works with lenders, private equity firms to support and shape investment, financings and lease and debt restructuring services.

In 2015, JLL's investment sales teams completed $67.4 billion of global retail investment transactions. With teams' active in 70+ countries, JLL manages 308 million square meters of retail assets and leases over 3,100 shopping centers around the world.

About JLL
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate.  JLL is a Fortune 500 company with, as of December 31, 2015, revenue of $6.0 billion and fee revenue of $5.2 billion, more than 280 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 60,000.  On behalf of its clients, the company provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 4.0 billion square feet, or 372 million square meters, and completed $138 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2015. As of September 30, 2016, its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $59.7 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit