San Marcos retail center set to open

Bed Bath & Beyond among the tenants
By Linda Lou
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITEROctober 8, 2006SAN MARCOS – North County shoppers will have several new stores available in time for the holiday shopping season.

Seven major tenants are scheduled to open by Nov. 16 at the new Grand Plaza just south of state Route 78: Bed Bath & Beyond, Loehmann’s, Nordstrom Rack, Petco, Shoe Pavilion, Sport Chalet and Ulta Cosmetics. About a dozen smaller shops and eateries also are expected to open next month, said Bernie Labowitz, whose Orange County-based company is building the 350,000-square-foot center. They include a Cingular Wireless store, Styles for Less and Subway, Labowitz said. Leases for a few smaller stores are still available, he said.

The Elephant Bar Restaurant is aiming to open about the same time as the major anchors, and Chili’s will open sometime after that, said Labowitz, World Premier Investments’ vice president of leasingLabowitz said he is completing leases this month with a few more casual dining restaurants and a coffee chain.Marshalls and Sprouts Farmers Market, a specialty grocery chain, are expected to open early next year, he said.Shoppers and diners can access the triangular site by exiting off the new Las Posas Road interchange on state Route 78.

World Premier Investments also developed the Nordahl Marketplace shopping center off state Route 78. San Marcos expects to earn about $750,000 a year from sales tax and an additional $100,000 from property taxes, said Charlie Schaffer, the city’s development director. “Most importantly, we will get needed shopping that the community wants,” Schaffer said.Schaffer said residents have been craving a specialty grocery chain such as Sprouts for a long time.

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