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ie theaters and other entertainment venues, and several restaurants.
"The idea of having a convenient place that is efficient and where
you can fill different needs is at the core of our company," he adds.
"There aren't many companies that are place-making right now."
CenterCal's retail centers also include public parks and gathering
places. "We find centralized sites [for our developments]," Bruning
says. "People who go to our centers are seeing their neighbors more
than they used to, because they're going to one spot instead of several disparate locations."
Bruning sees the company's developments as being compatible
for future use by major ecommerce retailers such as Amazon that are
looking to build fulfillment centers or stores. "We think that Internet
businesses can thrive in the places we create," he adds. "If we are the
cool place where people want to gather, that's where those companies will want to stake their brick and mortar claims."
One of CenterCal's newest centers will open this fall. Work began
in April 2016 on The Veranda, a nine-building center with 375,000
square feet of gross leasable area in Concord, Calif. The center will
be anchored by a Whole Foods 365 store and a 10-screen movie theater. Other tenants include Toys R Us, City Sports, TJ Maxx and Old
Navy. The Veranda will also include 24,000 square feet of available
The Veranda's signature feature will be a park area with a show
fountain. The park will include a "one-of-a-kind" play structure and
will be surrounded by pavilions featuring food and other vendors,
Vice President of Construction Eric Wilson says.
The company's ongoing projects include 2nd & PCH in Long
Beach, Calif., a 218,000-square-foot, five-building center anchored
by a Whole Foods store. Demolition of a former hotel on the site is
anticipated to begin in October, with the project scheduled to open
In addition to its projects in California, CenterCal also works in
the Pacific Northwest as well as in Idaho and Utah. Recent projects in
this region include The Village at Totem Lake, a mixed-use retail and
residential complex in Kirkland, Wash.
CenterCal's in-house construction management department oversees all of its projects. The company also handles its own property
management, leasing, accounting and tenant coordination functions.
"All of the people in our construction department come from a
building background," Wilson says of CenterCal's relationships with
the general contractors it oversees. "We can empathize with, under-
include parks and multiple
types of businesses.
stand and relate to general contractors' needs and the challenges
they face on a project, and can make decisions that help them - and
us - get a project completed on time."
Bruning credits CenterCal's project success to its staff. "We have an
incredibly talented and very diverse group of associates," Bruning
says. "We have a positive impact on the community not only on the
economic side but on an intangible level of strengthening social ties
in the community, which I saw the industry losing a bit as it became
"Everyone here is focused on the idea of creating amazing places
for the communities we serve," he adds.
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