The City of Imperial Beach and Sudberry Properties Plan Groundbreaking on Breakwater Town Center Next Month
Mar 14, 2016 12:37PM
● By Paul Spear
The City of Imperial Beach and Sudberry Properties
Plan Groundbreaking on Breakwater Town Center Next Month
Designed as the ‘Gateway to Imperial Beach and Coronado,’ the 45,000-square-foot center will feature a grocery store, restaurants and retailers in playful ‘beach modern’ environment with welcoming gathering spaces
IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. – March 14, 2016 – Construction on the long-awaited Breakwater Town Center is planned to start in mid April, weather permitting, according to Colton Sudberry, president of Sudberry Properties, which is developing the 45,000-square-foot shopping center on Palm Avenue (SR 75) at 9th Street. Breakwater Town Center, which has been in the planning stages for about six years, is a public/private partnership with the City of Imperial Beach. The prominent 4.75-acre site extends over a three-block area on Palm Avenue.
The first phase, including approximately 33,000 square feet of retail shopping, is expected to be completed in the second half of 2017.
Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina said, “The groundbreaking of Breakwater Town Center is an important chapter in the transformation of Imperial Beach. Sudberry Properties is bringing an exciting mix of national and local retailers to the community that will bring a new dimension to IB and serve the community well. The town center is sure to become an important community hub that will foster pride and camaraderie,” he added.
“We are delighted to finally start construction on this pivotal site in the heart of Imperial Beach,” said Sudberry. “As anyone who has followed the entitlement process knows, the project suffered a major setback in 2009 when the State of California eliminated local redevelopment agencies. If it wasn’t for the tireless and heroic efforts of past and present city staff and elected officials, this project would still be on hold,” he explained.
“I am also happy to announce that Grocery Outlet, a full-service national grocery store that sells brand-name quality products at substantial savings will be the anchor tenant in the first phase,” said Sudberry, noting that the store will feature Grocery Outlet’s NOSH department, showcasing Natural, Organic, Specialty and Healthy foods.
Grocery Outlet, which as more than 235 locations in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington, will offer trusted brands such as Kraft, Kellogg’s, Tide, Tyson, Amy’s Kitchen, Naked Juice and many more.
“We are excited to expand our San Diego County Grocery Outlet family with this new store in Imperial Beach,” said MacGregor Read, Co-CEO of Grocery Outlet. “My grandfather started this business nearly 70 years ago. As a family-run business, we’re proud to say our values are reflected in each of our stores. From supporting Little League teams to donating food to those in need, our local owners share our commitment to making a lasting impact, and we know that will be the case here.”
Read noted that this is Grocery Outlet’s 12th store in San Diego County. Other locations include Point Loma, Poway and Downtown San Diego.
Sudberry added that there is an exciting array of restaurants and retailers that are interested in locating in Breakwater Town Center, including Starbucks, Jersey Mike’s, T-Mobile, Baskin Robbins, Chipotle, Five Guys, and Wing Stop, among others.
“Soon we expect to announce the full line-up of tenants for the first phase,” he said, noting that construction on the second phase of the center will proceed when tenant commitments can be secured.
Andrew Hull Stevenson Architects (AHSA) of San Diego designed Breakwater Town Center with eclectic coastal contemporary architecture and details such as a stylized lifeguard tower and outdoor gathering spaces.
Imperial Beach City Manager Andy Hall is delighted that construction will start soon. “Community members, Sudberry Properties and the City of Imperial Beach have worked hard on this project for six years. We’re certain that we are creating a transformative town center and community hub that will have a catalytic impact on Imperial Beach and spur other redevelopment efforts,” he said. # # #