5 Retailers Lease in The Village at San Antonio Center

After the Safeway supermarket, developers announce the first of a series of stores to occupy the new mixed-use space.

New restaurants, a coffee shop and other services for consumers will be among the first new tenants of The Village at San Antonio Center.

Developers announced Wednesday that The Counter Custom-Built Burgers, TavernaBlu, Starbucks, Fidelity Investments and BlueWhite Cleaners, have signed on to lease space—along with anchor-tenant Safeway— on the corner of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real in Mountain View.

"Now that the construction is really taking shape, retailers are able to see the unique design characteristics and walkable scale of The Village," said Liz Munger, developer Merlone Geier’s property manager. "It’s exciting to see the market’s enthusiasm for this new community."

Phase one construction of The Village at San Antonio Center began in August 2011 and includes retail and 330 residential rental units. Slated for completion during the Summer 2013, Merlone Geier Vice President Mike Grehl told Mountain View Patch that the project was ahead of schedule due to the lack of significant rain in the Winter of 2011-12.

He added, as another element in the timeline, that the luxury apartment buildings must be completed, and ready for tenants, before Safeway would open its doors. This Safeway would replace the one currently on California Street and Pachetti Way. This would also bode well for the new tenants who would cater to these residents.

"The design team did a great job creating a distinctive sense-of-place whether you’re shopping or just enjoying the park space and the plazas," said Munger. "Our goal is to build a vibrant retail mix to complement Mountain View with a variety of restaurants as well as familiar and popular stores."

For the Counter Custom-Built Burgers, which would lease 2,800 square-foot space along with 815 square feet in outdoor seating space, this would be the restaurants first entrée into Mountain View.

A Greek-casual restaurant from Southern California, TavernaBlu will occupy 2,404 square feet along with 761 square feet of outdoor seating space. Mountain View will host its first location in Northern California. Starbucks Coffee will open a 2,192 square-foot store.

BlueWhite Cleaners, a specialty dry cleaner, will lease approximately 1,046 square feet. Fidelity Investments will lease 5,004 square feet for a retail investment services presence.

Phase one of the project has a price tag of $180 million and could generate more than $1 million a year in sales tax revenue and create more than 800 jobs.

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Martha Shirk December 06, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Nice that we're getting a better Safeway, but the rest of these new tenants don't inspire much excitement.
Claudia Cruz December 06, 2012 at 04:22 AM
What would you like to see there Martha? I believe the expect a lot more tenants. What's missing in the MV/LA/PA area?
mark costello January 05, 2013 at 12:56 AM
It's a shame they were allowed to build so high. It blocks the view of the hills heading west from California street. Los Altos did the same allowing that white eyesore on first street. I don't get it So much for small town feel
Claudia Cruz January 05, 2013 at 05:16 AM
Do you think that more housing would decrease rental values? There's an argument that cities like Mountain View need more housing. What would you sacrifice for a more affordable standard of living?
Rex February 24, 2013 at 02:00 AM
The problem is that we have to keep making room for more people. If the cities didn't keep approving more business construction, people wouldn't keep coming, and we wouldn't need more tall buildings, more traffic, more crime, etc.


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