The Inland Empire’s affordability and booming industrial basin allowed this region’s retail sector to continue thriving through COVID.
By Nellie Day | March/April 2022 | As published by California Centers
Most would agree COVID-19 wasn’t particularly kind to physical retail, particularly in California. There were closures, restrictions and sometimes general unpleasantness simply due to the stress of shopping during a pandemic. Though some markets are still working on their retail recovery, the Inland Empire is full steam ahead…
What’s Hot In The IE
So what, exactly, is selling in the Inland Empire?
“Grocery-anchored shopping centers remain the most stable asset class in the industry, especially in areas of new growth like the Inland Empire,” says Vicky Hammond, managing principal of Coreland Companies. “Neighborhood centers that provide daily needs shopping, services, fitness studios and a variety of quick-service restaurants are the most attractive to growing families ad younger residents.”
Hammond also notes that today’s centers need to create community spaces, particularly in areas with new residential development. She points to New Haven Marketplace in the master-planned community of Ontario Ranch as an example of this.
“Anchored by Stater Bros., this new shopping center features a variety of quick-service restaurants, coffee, local services, yoga and fitness,” Hammond continues. “The blend of tenants is complimented by plenty of outdoor seating, a community green, and Rodeo X Public Market. Combined, it creates a unique destination in the daytime and into the evening.
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