From the City of San Leandro
Mayor Stephen Cassidy announced that the Village Marketplace has secured a spot for The Habit Burger — "a hip, healthy and delicious restaurant that specializes in charbroiled gourmet burgers, outstanding charbroiled sandwiches and specialty salads.”
The Habit, has a dedicated following along the Southern California Coast and has recently expanded into Northern California with locations in Napa, Pleasanton, San Mateo and Walnut Creek.
Securing The Habit as the end-cap tenant at the Village Marketplace demonstrates the desirability of the development and accelerating interest and investment in the City of San Leandro.
The additional confirmed tenants include Peet’s Coffee & Tea and AT&T; Chipotle is currently negotiating for an in-line space at Village Marketplace as their desire to be in this downtown development remains strong.
Developer David Irmer, in anticipation of the exit of Fresh & Easy from the U.S. Market, has moved forward in a fielding alternative anchor tenants.
“While saddened by the inability to move forward with the groundbreaking as previously envisioned,” stated Irmer, “this provides an opportunity for a healthier tenant mix and an ability to better meet the needs and requirements of the signed tenants.”
Irmer confirmed Fresh & Easy has terminated their lease and that he is in negotiations with potential new tenants, with a likelihood of announcing shortly.
Irmer is anticipating ground breaking in March 2013; however, he is realistic that there may be delays due to the possible need for City approvals of tenants of more than 10,000 square feet.
The remaining available space is designated for a full service restaurant.
“This project continues to be an exciting attraction and catalyst for the Downtown," said Mayor Cassidy. “ I anticipate an enthusiastic and warm reception once the tenants and leases are finalized.”
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