By Samantha Mehlinger - Staff Writer
May 7, 2013 – As office and industrial continues to expand with new construction at Pacific Pointe South, Douglas Park’s first-ever retail spaces are nearing completion just across Conant Street. The retail pads, two buildings with room for up to six individual establishments, are located in front of the recently opened Courtyard Marriott Long Beach. Both the hotel and retail spaces are projects of Nexus Companies, a Santa Ana-based real estate firm.
Banners surrounding the buildings advertise a drive-thru Starbucks as one future lessee. Cory Alder, president of Nexus Companies, names another chain slated to occupy the northern building with Starbucks. “We have executed a lease with The Flame Broiler.”
Alder is also in talks with a few other retailers whom he prefers not to name at this time. “We’re currently in significant negotiations with a major sandwich deli shop. It’s a national chain – very recognizable,” he hints.
“Those three take care of the north building, and then in the south building we have three [prospective] tenants we’re talking to,” Alder says, including “a specialty burger place. There are a bunch of them that are popping up around.” A specialty pizzeria and a Mexican restaurant are also in talks with the company.
So far, it seems the retail development will feature only restaurants. “That seems to be what’s needed out there,” Alder says, explaining that the nearest restaurants are located at Lakewood Center and the traffic circle. Some small mom-and-pop shops restaurants line nearby Norse Way off of Lakewood and Carson, with the exception of Jack In The Box and Subway.
Alder believes there is a need for food service in Douglas Park, noting that there is little in the direct airport area to serve the needs of Douglas Park, The Boeing Company, and other neighboring businesses like SCAN. Businesses in Douglas Park have been inquiring about the grand opening of the new restaurants. “There is a big day time population there, and they’re very excited,” he relays.
According to Alder, construction of the building’s shells should be complete by end of May. The retailers will then get to work on the interiors. Starbucks is projected to open in August, while Flame Broiler should open its doors soon after in September. Alder is confidant the south building should be up and running by end of year.
Overall, he is pleased with the progress of the development within Douglas Park. “It’s a very rare opportunity in Southern California to have such a great piece of land to master plan,” he says. “And now, with a little bit of help from the economy, we’re starting to see all that hard work come to fruition. I think ultimately it’s going to be a very [good] addition to the city and the Long Beach Airport area. We’re glad to be a part of it.”