California Centers

MAY 2018

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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22 California Centers Magazine | May 2018 C C tail developers with long-term plans, however, are adjusting their strate- gies now. City Center Bishop Ranch, a new 300,000-square-foot shopping, dining and lifestyle center currently under development in San Ramon, will forego traditional anchors alto- gether when it opens its doors this fall. Instead, the center will be anchored by a 30,000-square-foot Equinox gym and the Lot, a 10-screen, 800-seat movie theater concept. "Bishop Ranch has always stood for improving the quality of life for our customers and City Center is a big step forward in delivering that promise," says Alexander Mehran, Jr., president and COO of Sunset Devel- opment Co., which is developing City Center Bishop Ranch inside its Bish- op Ranch business community, which is home to more than 600 companies in San Francisco's East Bay. "With an exceptional offering in entertainment, food, shopping and fitness, City Cen- ter will become a place to visit on multiple occasions a week." Equinox San Ramon will fea- ture more than 8,000 square feet of strength and cardio equipment; five studios offering Pilates, cycling, group fitness, barre and yoga with an additional outdoor yoga space; an outdoor pool with a lounge deck; the Spa at Equinox; a Kids Club for child care; Earthbar café; and the Shop at Equinox, which offers a curated se- lection of performance apparel. "Equinox is an ideal fit for City Center because the communities sur- rounding Bishop Ranch are known for their active lifestyles, and resi- dents who place a premium on good health and high-quality fitness cen- ters," Mehran continues. The Lot City Center will offer online reserved seating for its 800 automat- ed luxury leather recliners, each with a call button for in-seat food service. The space will also include a bar with a social cocktail scene, a café offering craft coffee and artisan pastries, and a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with California-inspired food specialties. "We were looking for more than just a movie theater," Mehran explains. "We're very excited to bring the Lot to the Bay Area...We are developing a unique regional destination and, with the Lot, we will have the most luxuri- ous cinema and dining venue in the market." REIMAGINING WITH PURPOSE Though Westfield's new $1 billion reinvestment in Century City in- cludes traditional anchors like Ma- cy's, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's, Ruddick notes that the company in- tentionally combined these staples with the fun, food, fitness offerings that are so popular nowadays. For Westfield Century City, that includes a 30,000-square-foot Equinox, the first West Coast Eataly food hall, and the Atrium, an 8,000-square-foot enter- tainment and events venue. "The Atrium is a crucial asset for our retail partners and brands," Ruddick Laneway Food Hall at Westfield Santa Anita. The innovative Laneway Food Hall at Westfield Santa Anita took a former anchor space and is populated with a number of eateries.

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