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DECEMBER 2014
FEATURE STORY
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/ POP-UP RETAIL ARRIVES IN TIME FOR HOLIDAYS 
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From therethere to SJ Made, nine pop-up retail stores in Downtown San Jose will spring to life in the Hammer Theater Center (the former San Jose Repertory Theater) and around Downtown this holiday season and stay open through January. The pop-ups, or temporary retail spaces, will sell a variety of merchandise and arrive in time for holiday shopping--when more than half-a-million people visit the City Center. "We want to catalyze the next wave of retail in Downtown and pop-ups add excitement and variety over the holiday season," said Lee Wilcox, San Jose's Office of Economic Development Downtown Manager. "San Jose's Pop-Up Project is a part of Downtown's evolution--where arts, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit thrive." For a list of stores, or to read more, click here. For more information, contact  Tina Kapoor, Downtown Coordinator.

  

NORTH SAN JOSE
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/ LEGACY ON 101 BREAKS GROUND IN NORTH SAN JOSE 
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Legacy Partners recently broke ground on Legacy on 101--a 16.5 acre site in North San Jose. The site  is accessible and visible from Highways 101 and 87. Phase I has been permitted to construct two 199,175 sq ft, six-story Class A office buildings. Additional phasing opportunities exist to accommodate a total of ±850,000 sq ft. "North San Jose is an area of growth and opportunity for businesses of all sizes," said Chris Burton, Senior Business Development Manager for San Jose's Office of Economic Development. "Our team of talented professionals are here to help Legacy Partners and others secure tenants for their properties." "You'd have to fact-check me," said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed.  "But I'm pretty sure this is the first spec building in North San Jose in the last decade." Cassidy Turley commented that the vacancy in North San Jose's Research and Development market was 12.5% in the third quarter of 2014, down from 19.6% three years prior. For more information, contact Chris Burton, Senior Business Development Manager, or click here

 

DOWNTOWN
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/ WHOLE FOODS MARKET NEW ALAMEDA STORE BRINGS 150 JOBS DOWNTOWN   
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A new 35,000 square-foot Whole Foods Market (WFM) store will open December 9th  on The Alameda (at Stockton) in Downtown San Jose bringing more than 150 new jobs Downtown. The store is home to WFM California's first in-store microbrewery and tap room. The two-story, 5,600 square-foot brewery building, which is a separate building from the grocery store, will also house a coffee and fresh juice venue, as well as offering seating and a restaurant-style menu. Fifteen taps will offer seasonal and local brews and is one of the company's most environmentally efficient stores with an onsite Combined Heat and Power plant, reducing the store's dependence on the public grid by 90 percent. It is also one of few grocery stores nationally to use approximately 100% natural refrigerants relying on a state-of-the-art CO2 refrigeration system. According to Store Team Leader Jeff Giardinelli, "We are hoping folks will stop by for a beer or a pizza. We've got plenty of space and are looking forward to serving this community." To read more, click here, or contact Cara Douglas, Senior Business Communications Manager.

 

  
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/ SPANNER CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING IN HISTORIC BUILDING DOWNTOWN

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Spanner Product Development will open its doors this month in the historic Wilcox Block, which was built in 1867 in Downtown San Jose. Spanner is a mechanical engineering product development consultancy firm that primarily works on consumer electronics. They leased 5,500 sq ft at 15 W. San Fernando Street and specialize in high-end consumer electronics. According to Mark Richie of Richie Commercial and one of three owners in the Wilcox Block"These kinds of companies coming down here are very, very significant." LPA Inc., an architecture firm that recently moved Downtown, is working with Spanner on the interior. According to Giles Lowe, co-founder and CEO of Spanner, "Having the urban feel and being in the hub is really important for us." Lowe liked that the office was close to employees' homes and allowed Spanner to expand its service offerings, such as providing a larger workshop space that will let it do same-day prototyping on 3D printers. Welcome Downtown, Spanner! For more information,  click here, or contact Lee Wilcox, Downtown Manager.

 

 

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/ DOWNTOWN REAL ESTATE TOUR DELIVERS RECORD CROWD

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The sold out Downtown Real Estate Tour drew the "who's who" of Silicon Valley housing and office developers, real estate brokers and investors. Stops included the new San Jose Earthquake 18,000-seat soccer stadium, displaying the biggest outdoor bar in North America, and Centerra, the 347-unit housing project across from San Pedro Square Market. Since the last Downtown San Jose Real Estate Tour (May 2013) 40 tech leases were signed totaling 223,000 sq ft. Downtown leasing continues to gain momentum as companies realize the advantages of being near Caltrain with 126 stops weekly at Diridon Station and the free DASH shuttle dropping employees at their offices. For more information, click here, or contact Lee Wilcox, Downtown Manager.


 

SMALL BUSINESS
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SATURDAY SUPPORTS LOCAL COMPANIES 
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"Small Business Saturday" comes to San Jose and other communities nationwide on November 29, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, to encourage residents to support their local businesses and community by shopping at neighborhood stores. Small Business Saturday aligns with the "Shop San José Initiative," and together they acknowledge the importance of small businesses to strengthen the local economy by fostering growth and opportunity. These initiatives help create local jobs, maintain the environment and sustain local public services when consumers purchase goods and services from area shop owners. Tim Mulcahy, President of the Willow Glen Business Association noted, "...last year consumers who participated in Small Business Saturday spent an astounding $5.7 billion on just that one day." San Jose Councilmember Rose Herrera noted that by shopping local "...residents support their parks, libraries, and police and fire protection. They reduce environmental impacts by going to neighborhood businesses instead of driving long distances." For more information, click here, or contact Cara Douglas, Senior Business Communications Manager.

 

  
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