OVATION IN FRANKLIN, TN SIGNS PINSTRIPES BOWLING, BOCCE, BISTROPremier Venue to Headline Entertainment at High-End Development

Franklin, Tennessee (April 8, 2015) – Ovation, the expansive 147-acre mixed-use center located at the Carothers and McEwen Intersection, has recently signed with Pinstripes, Inc. to incorporate entertainment into the Ovation development in fast-growing Franklin, Tennessee. Upscale retail stores, fine dining, entertainment, hotels, commercial office space, and residential offerings will anchor Ovation. The announcement was made by SouthStar, LLC and Thomas Land & Development who will work together to develop the retail, hotel, and residential aspects of Ovation, while Highwoods Properties (NYSE:HIW) is developing Ovation’s 1.4 million square feet of commercial office space. The project broke ground earlier this year. For more information please visit: www.ovationcoolsprings.com.

“Pinstripes, Inc. represents an important milestone in our plans for Ovation -- one of the region’s foremost developments, sitting in one of the nation’s most in-demand locations,” said Stan Thomas, president and CEO of Thomas Land & Development. “We are creating an exceptional destination center for people to live, work, shop and play in this growing community. Pinstripes brings fresh, luxury entertainment and dining concepts, with something that appeals to everyone, whether for a family, date night or social gathering.”

Pinstripes will occupy 30,000 square feet of first and second floor indoor/outdoor space, and will bring a fresh new dining and entertainment venue to Franklin and the surrounding communities. The venue will feature exceptional Italian and American cuisine and wine cellar, 16 bowling lanes, 10 indoor and outdoor bocce courts, outdoor patios and fire pits, and event space accommodating groups ranging from 20 to 600 people. Guests can curl up with a blanket and cocktail in front of the outdoor fireplace or gather with friends for an evening of bowling/bocce and dinner. This will be the first location for Pinstripes in Tennessee, with other current locations in Northbrook, South Barrington and Oak Brook, Ill., Edina, Minn., Georgetown, D.C. and Overland Park, Kan.

“Ovation is a first-class and innovative development, and we are excited to work with Thomas Land & Development and SouthStar to design and construct our unique and sophisticated entertainment and dining venue”, stated Dale Schwartz, Pinstripes founder and CEO. "This multi-use development combines shopping, dining, hotels, office and entertainment uses that position it as a community gathering spot for surrounding communities, and our 'strikingly good food and fun,' adds another one-of-a-kind activity to the mix."

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About Ovation: An expansive 147-acre mixed-use development, Ovation will bring the big-city lifestyle to Franklin, Tennessee -- one of the fastest-growing communities in the nation. Set to open in Fall 2017, Ovation will feature approximately 600,000 square feet of specialty retail, plus premier entertainment venues including Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce, Bistro. Ovation will also feature luxury hotels, up to 1.4 million square feet of commercial office space, and stylish luxury apartments and condominiums. Developers SouthStar and Thomas Land & Development, LLC, along with commercial office partner Highwoods Properties, consider it irreplaceable real estate.

For retail leasing information, please contact Ryan Roberts or BJ Yuill at 678-423-5445. For Ovation updates and information, visit www.ovationcoolsprings.com.

About Pinstripes: Pinstripes, Inc. (www.pinstripes.com) is a distinctive dining and entertainment concept featuring exceptional Italian/American cuisine and wine, bowling and bocce, a year-round outdoor patio and fire pit, and private event space accommodating 20-600 people. Based in Chicago, IL, the Company currently has six locations in Northbrook, South Barrington and Oak Brook, Illinois; Edina, Minnesota; Georgetown, D.C.; and Overland Park, Kansas.

About Thomas Land & Development: Thomas Land & Development, LLC is a visionary commercial real estate development company that specializes in creating dynamic places where commerce, life and leisure intersect. Capabilities encompass master-planned communities and mixed-used projects, as well as retail, hotel, residential and office developments. The company is involved in multiple projects across the nation, creating environments that appeal to consumers, communities and municipalities, and position properties for long-term success. Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Newnan, Ga., just south of Atlanta, privately held Thomas Land & Development has developed more than 20 million square feet of retail property valued at $2 billion, plus controls over 22,000 acres of prime, developable land throughout the United States.

About SouthStar, LLC: SouthStar, LLC is a commercial real estate and development firm located in Franklin, TN. SouthStar has the unique ability to identify, acquire, plan and develop income-producing properties. SouthStar has projects across various platforms including retail, mixed-use, medical office buildings and master planned residential communities. Having the ability to transform a vision into reality, and effectively position projects in markets throughout the Southeast, SouthStar has gained recognition and respect across the industry.

About Highwoods Properties: Highwoods Properties, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a publicly traded (NYSE:HIW) real estate investment trust (“REIT”) and a member of the S&P MidCap 400 Index. The Company is a fully-integrated office REIT that owns, develops, acquires, leases and manages properties primarily in the best business districts (BBDs) of Atlanta, Kansas City, Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Richmond, Tampa and the Triad. For more information about Highwoods Properties, please visit our website at www.highwoods.com. For interviews or further information please contact:

Jules Wortman Wortman Works Media & Marketing 615.260.9985 / jwortman@wortmanworks.com