Airport South building lands niche tenants

Fast-growing niche companies Saffire Vapor and Zerorez have secured approximately 9,500 square feet of flex space at the Metroplex Business Center in the Airport South submarket, company officials announced today.

Financial terms of the two leases were not disclosed in a release.

Both businesses anticipate a late-December move-in date. The Metroplex Business Center is located at 475 Metroplex Drive near the Harding Road and Interstate 24 intersection. It is a five-building facility that offers Class B space.

Commercial real estate brokers Stephen F. Graw and David W. Creed, senior advisors with Sperry Van Ness Investec Realty of Nashville, represented both companies in their leases. Frank Thomasson of Cassidy Turley represented the landlord, PanCal Metroplex 138, LLC.

Saffire Vapor, a Murfreesboro-based retailer and wholesaler of electronic cigarettes, will occupy 7,465 square feet in Suite 301. Founder and CEO Robert Arnold launched the company in January 2012 after e-cigarettes helped him quit smoking. Arnold now has more than 20 employees and two retail locations, with 20 more planned in the next 12 months.

“Not only does the space accommodate my traditional office needs, it provides warehouse space to store my inventory and is conveniently located off I-24,” said Arnold. “The highway access is not only crucial in Saffire Vapor’s current Nashville distribution routes, but will also make it easier to expand into other markets.”

Zerorez — a Utah-based “green” cleaning company that uses non-toxic, residue-free medical-grade electrolyzed water instead of traditional chemicals to sanitize residential carpet, tile and upholstery — will occupy 3,122 square feet in Suite 104.

Chuck Kincade co-founded the Nashville branch in October, making it Zerorez’s 32nd franchise location and the first in Tennessee. Kincade and his partners project more than 100 percent growth over the next year and plan to add at least 25 vans to their fleet over the next five years.

“We chose Nashville as the location for our first Zerorez franchise — we hope to open several more in the coming years —because of its interstates, diverse economy, expected growth and energy,” said Kincade.