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Dulles Town Center To Open Virginia's First Benihana Restaurant In Late 2007

Dulles, Virginia, February 2, 2007 – Dulles Town Center, Loudoun County’s premier shopping destination, is proud to announce that a lease has been signed for Virginia’s first Benihana Restaurant, the nation’s largest retail chain of Japanese and sushi themed restaurants.  To be located adjacent to the Dulles Town Center Mall, the new 7,000 square foot restaurant will be built with a contemporary design and is expected to be completed in late 2007.   The 1.4 million square foot mall is a joint venture development between Lerner and CIGNA.

“Since our opening in 1999, Loudoun County’s population has grown tremendously affording us the opportunity to add destination retailers such as Benihana, Nordstrom, The Cheesecake Factory, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and LA Fitness to our upscale offerings,” said Arthur N. Fuccillo, Senior Executive Vice President/Development and Construction for Lerner.  “These additions solidify our position as the leading shopping and lifestyle destination in the wealthiest county in the nation,” he added.

Benihana restaurants are traditional Japanese-style hibachi steakhouses – also called "teppanyaki." At Benihana, meals are prepared and served by performing chefs in front of customers at their table. Diners can choose from a variety of fresh sushi and other Japanese favorites.

The addition of Benihana will complement the recently opened The Cheesecake Factory that has opened to rave reviews, in addition to the 185 stores and restaurants at Dulles Town Center.

About Dulles Town Center

Developed by Lerner Enterprises, Dulles Town Center is a 554-acre master planned commercial, retail and office park in Dulles, Virginia.  Dulles Town Center Mall, a joint venture development with Cigna Investments, is a two-level regional shopping center comprised of 1.4 million square feet that includes JCPenney, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Dick’s Sporting Goods, LA Fitness and Sears as well as 185 specialty stores and restaurants. The project is located at the intersection of Virginia Routes 7 and 28 in Dulles, Virginia, in burgeoning Loudoun County.  More information on this premier retail property can be found at ShopDullesTownCenter.com.

About Lerner Enterprises

Lerner Enterprises, founded by Theodore N. Lerner, is Washington, D.C.’s largest private real estate developer. Based in North Bethesda, Maryland, the company is involved in all phases of commercial and residential real estate, including planning, development, construction, leasing, asset management and property management.  Lerner Enterprises has developed and currently manages through Lerner Corporation, its leasing and management affiliate more than 15 million square feet of office, retail and residential space. Lerner retail projects include White Flint, Annapolis Harbour Center, Fallsgrove Village Center and Towne Plaza in Maryland; Washington Square at Connecticut Avenue and L Street, NW in downtown Washington, as well as The Spectrum at Reston Town Center, Dulles 28 Centre and North Point Village Center in Virginia.  Lerner’s completed developments in Dulles Town Center include Dulles Town Center, a 1.4 million sq. ft. super-regional mall; Remington at Dulles Town Center and Parc Dulles at Dulles Town Center, two luxury Class A+ apartment communities; a 157-room Courtyard by Marriott; 21000 Atlantic Boulevard, a 185,000 sq. ft. award-winning office building; 45745 Nokes Boulevard, a 95,000 sq. ft. office/flex building; and Colonnade at Dulles Town Center, a 156 townhome development.  The Lerner Family was recently named the new owners of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club.