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Haidar Barbouti’s Prominency in Real Estate

Haidar Barbouti has been the principal force in real estate investments in the Barbouti family in the United States. Through diverse entities, he has been dynamic in real property investments all over the world including operations in the United States since 1986. His experience and expertise have guided him in the purchase, enhancement and activities of different real estate investments in this country. He has more than 20 years of competent business experience in the commercial property field. Barbouti’s real estate investments range from commercial properties including condominium conversion and office buildings; shopping centers; development lands to other diverse investments. Barbouti is the owner and broker of Highland Village Shopping Center, a multi-purpose shopping center on Westheimer Road in Houston, Texas. This was the first shopping centers opened in Houston. Highland Village was constructed by S.N. Adams in the mid-1940s. Since 1991, Haidar Barbouti has been the owner of Highland Village Holdings. Its stores include Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel while the restaurants include Up Restaurant, owned by Barbouti, Escalante’s, Smith & Wollensky and Benihana concept restaurant RA Sushi Bar.Haidar Barbouti’s authority led to several changes at Highland Village. By 2004, Haidar Barbouti’s efforts at establishing and shuffling the center were being acknowledged all over the region. The per-square-foot volumes of Highland Village stores like Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma were approximated to be among the top 10 percent of most brands of chain according to industry analysts.Haidar Barbouti is recognized all over the Houston community for his charitable actions. He holds a distinctive place in his heart for the most vulnerable and smallest amidst us: animals and children. Over the years, he has supported many of those in need through his charitable donations of time and resources. Through the Highland Village, Barbouti contributed utilities and retail space essential to help create the Highland Village Adoption Center, a pet adoption center in 2008.Barbouti has a different take when it comes to trendy foods at the Up restaurant. He believes that it is all about what the customer wants and not about what he wants. He says that most restaurant food is a fraud and a disgrace with only three ounces of fish on it and more decorations on the plate. His theology is that if people spend good money to eat out, they should get real shares of real food. Barbouti graduated from Columbia University and has spent most of his outstanding career in the Retail Real Estate business.