An ice cream shop, jewelry store and day spa are the newest tenants in the recently-renovated Vintage Hills Shopping Center and the plaza's owners want residents to know they're actively looking for a grocery store for the anchor space.
The shopping center, located on Bernal Avenue at Tawny Drive, completed a $3-million upgrade a few months ago that included a white stucco exterior, new roof and landscaping. The jewelry store and day spa opened a couple of months ago, joining a sushi restaurant, karate studio, dance studio, hair salon and dry cleaners.
Larry Buck of Buck Real Estate, who is the listing agent for the center, said the owner, Al Sim of San Francisco, has had many offers from merchants, but is making an effort to attract local businesses as tenants. He said Sim and his wife own the Japantown shopping center on Geary Street in San Francisco.
"We've signed six leases to date and we just signed an ice cream shop," Buck said, adding that it will occupy the former Baskin-Robbins space. "They're trying to open in the next few weeks. All the businesses are local. We've turned down offers by national chains including Marco's Pizza and Burger King."
With a few smaller tenant spaces left, Buck said there's also the vacant 19,000-square-foot anchor space, which in the past has been occupied by a country western dance hall and grocer, but has been vacant for some time. Buck said he has received offers from some smaller chain grocers, but no paperwork has been filed. Recently, the owners turned down an offer for a fitness chain to occupy the anchor spot. A well-known hardware store is also interested, he said.
"The goal is to provide food options, so we're looking for Mexican restaurants, Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants," Buck said. "We basically want to make it a destination and we'll have outdoor seating in the front."
There is also the possibility of leasing to a coffee shop, Buck said, and he is meeting with Peet's Coffee next week.