[caption id="attachment_77131" align="alignnone" width="500"] Target, the anchor tenant of the new 342,000-square-foot East Washington Place regional mall in Petaluma, opened July 23. (image credit: Gary Quackenbush)[/caption]
PETALUMA -- Several years coming, the newest Target department store in the North Bay and the first in Petaluma opened Tuesday at the city's newest and largest shopping center.
Attending the ribbon-cutting Tuesday for the anchor tenant of the 342,661-square-foot East Washington Place regional mall at 401 Kenilworth Dr. were Assemblyman Marc Levine, Target store manager Ricardo Blanco, the store's new 200-strong workforce and their families, and Petaluma officials.
Construction on the mall started early last year. Target is the third major retailer to open there, following debuts of Dick's Sporting Goods and Sprouts in early June.
Joining them in the next six weeks are set to be Beverages & More in a freestanding building and T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods in the same building as Dick's and Sprouts, according to Matthew Kircher, executive managing partner of Terranomics, part of Cassidy Turley and the listing brokerage for East Washington Place. Jennifer Smith of Jacksonville, Fl.-based Regency Centers is the senior leasing agent for the project.
Smaller retailers are scheduling openings over the next few months.
"Demand for space at EWP has been high," Mr. Kircher said. "The center is 94 percent leased. This is one of the first centers on the West Coast to begin construction and leasing after the recession."
The architect for this approximately $60 million project is MCG Architecture, a designer and planner of shopping centers and retail buildings. The general contractor is Midstate Construction Company.
"This eco-friendly project has been designed to exceed California Title 24 green code requirements by 20 percent, giving it enough points to apply for LEED Silver Certification,"according to Roger Nelson, LEED AP, president of Midstate. "The speed of delivery of this project (following an initial period of public opposition) was based on the architect, owner and the city working well together as a team.”More stores to open soon