Henderson Engineers leases the ground floor of 8W Center in Bentonville

Henderson Engineers Inc., a national engineering design firm with a significant presence in northwest Arkansas, is moving its office from Bentonville.

The company signed a lease for the first floor of the six-story 8W Center at 805 S. Walton Blvd. Henderson plans to move out of 1803 Phyllis St. this summer.

The 12,818-square-foot ground-floor space at 8W Center once housed several restaurants, including Einstein Brothers Bagels, Tropical Smoothie Café, and Jimmy John’s Sandwich Shop. Henderson also plans to use part of the outdoor terrace.

The 82,363-square-foot 8W Center sits across from Walmart’s corporate headquarters. Other tenants include Jack Links, Accenture, Esterer Investments and Henkel.

Wade Smith with Colliers Arkansas represented the tenant in the rental transaction. Ed Belto, Jeff Snyder and Paul Esterer of Moses Tucker Partners represented the property owner.

“8W Center is a landmark for the intersection of South Walton Boulevard and Southwest Eighth Street, and there was an opportunity to reuse what was once the ground floor food court said Smith. “It was a pleasure to work with the tenant and owner on this engagement.”

Based in Kansas, Henderson Engineers has 900 employees and several offices in the United States. There are approximately 40 employees in Bentonville to support Walmart. Henderson Engineers has completed thousands of new store, redesign and prototype projects for the retailer in the United States and around the world.

“The 8W location is an opportunity for Henderson to get closer to the heart of Bentonville and represents the continuation of Henderson’s more than 30-year commitment to Walmart, Bentonville and the Northwest Arkansas region,” said Arron Cooper, who runs the Bentonville office. “Henderson’s new location in Bentonville keeps us close to the new Walmart Home Office campus and we will still have convenient access to serve all of our Northwestern Arkansas customers, including the University of Arkansas.”

8W Center LLC owns the development, led by lead investment partner, Troy Link.

Link is president of Link Snacks Inc. of Minong, Wisc., which produces Jack Link’s Beef Jerky products.

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