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Brookers Founding Flavors Celebrates the Opening of a Second Location


Local Restaurant Doesn’t Just Survive, They Thrive!

It is important to know that there are local businesses surviving the Covid-19 pandemic. They are doing so by being quick to adjust their business models in hopes that it will minimize the overall impact on their businesses. 

Reports across the country have shown that local businesses are taking the largest hit as shoppers turn to large corporations and retailers to get their goods online. The restaurant industry is also seeing this trend, forcing some small, local operators to close their doors. Brooker’s Founding Flavors, a locally owned ice cream parlor in Utah county, quickly adapted their business strategy by offering curbside pickup and a temporary drive-thru that allows customers to stay safely in their cars while treating themselves to some therapy snacks. Brooker’s Founding Flavors also recently announced their expansion into a second location, adjacent to BYU campus in Provo, Utah, and held a grand opening on April 24th. The event was a success and is a sign of hope for other local restaurateurs.

While no one is able to fully anticipate the disruption Covid-19 will continue to have on local businesses, Brooker’s Founding Flavors is a great example of a business doing everything possible to not only survive but expand their business in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and economic crisis.

Colliers International Retail specialist Brittany Ferris represented Brooker’s Founding Flavors in this transaction. Ferris remarked, " I have worked with Brian and Jamie Brooker for the past several years and have continually been impressed by their innovation, passion, and excellence as restaurateurs. In a time where restaurants, especially local establishments, are fighting to stay alive, it is truly a beacon of hope for our industry to see a new location open with enthusiasm and excitement”.

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Cameron Simonsen

Executive Vice President - Retail & Investment

Salt Lake City - Millrock

Cameron Simonsen began his career in commercial real estate in 2002 when he was hired by Prime Commercial to focus on their retail database. In this position, he learned a great deal about the commercial real estate market throughout the Intermountain West. Cameron obtained his real estate license in 2003 and was hired by CBC Advisors in 2005 before joining Colliers International in 2018.

A large portion of Cameron's business is focused on retail tenant representation. National name retailers and restaurants, such as TJ Maxx, Whole Foods Market,  Buffalo Wild Wings, Dave & Buster’s, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Sierra, True Food Kitchen, The Habit Burger Grill, Blaze Pizza, Shoe Dept., Corner Bakery, Hash House  and Pei Wei, have relied on Cameron to represent them with their site selection in multiple states.

Cameron also represents developers and investors in leasing many of the top shopping centers throughout the Intermountain West. He has been instrumental in leasing properties owned by prominent landlords such as The Boyer Company, PEG Development, Ball Ventures, Wadsworth Development Group, Howland Partners, City Creek Reserve Inc., Liljenquist Properties and Blue Diamond Capital.

Since Cameron started working in the commercial real estate industry, his primary focus has been retail sales and leasing transactions. To date, Cameron has completed transactions in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nevada and Alaska. His knowledge of markets throughout the West has proven to be invaluable for his clients. Cameron was one of three finalists for the CCIM Retail Broker of the Year in both 2015 and 2017. In addition, Utah Business Magazine named him to their “40 Under 40” list for the State of Utah in 2017. 

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