California Centers

MAY 2017

California Centers Magazine serves retailers, developers, shopping center owners, investment sales brokers and tenant representation firms throughout the state of California.

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18 California Centers Magazine | May 2017 C C be relatively new to the California grocer sector, but they're executing concepts that are already familiar to many seasoned veterans. "I think Californians are no lon- ger the traditional shoppers," says Maggie Mondez, a principal at Lee & Associates in Palm Desert. "The grocery business has always been a very small-margin business and gro- cery stores are wise to add amenities to bring the customer back time and time again." One seasoned veteran is Whole Foods Market, which completed a major remodel of its 66,500-square- foot store at Plaza El Segundo this past November. The updated store features new offerings in almost every department. It was designed to pro- vide shoppers with a "more stream- lined, efficient shopping experience and new culinary innovations." These include a self-serve pizza sta- tion, made-to-order-poke bar and a scratch bread program with a bread bar. It also included the 2ND bar and restaurant and Kogi, a barbecue-ta- co concept from local chef Roy Choi. This is the food truck concept's first stationary outpost and Choi's second partnership with Whole Foods af- ter Chego debuted in the company's Downtown Los An- geles store. Not one to rest on its laurels, Whole Foods also part- nered with Juicero to install self-serve, cold-press juicing stations at 11 of its Southern California locations, includ- ing Santa Monica, Irvine, La Jolla, Tar- zana, Brea, Pasa- dena and Redondo Beach, among oth- ers. Each store will contain one to three c o m m e rc i a l - g r a d e pressers where cus- tomers can purchase a produce pack and then press their own juices for only $5. While many of today's for- w a r d - t h i n k i n g , h e a l t h - c o n s c i o u s grocery stores have juice bars and their own selection of pre-bottled elixirs, Tim Connell, vice president of sales at Juicero, believes his company has a leg up for a few Juicero, a counter top cold pressed juice provider, has launched locations in 11 California Whole Foods stores. Maggie Mondez Principal Lee & Associates Erik Coslik Vice President Woodmont Co. W i l l i a m s R e a l E s t a t e M a n a g e m e n t , I n c . Exceptional Quality Management of Retail, Office and Industrial Properties real estate management, inc. WREM C o n t a c t A u d r e y B . W i l l i a m s , C S M , C P M ®, P r e s i d e n t Williams Real Estate Management, Inc. 3146 Red Hill Avenue, Suite 150 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.427.5977 - FAX 714.427.5922 - E-mail - awilliams@wrem.com Website: www.wrem.com

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