More tenants in negotiations for Placerville center, plans suggest

The Business Journal — October 17, 2019

Target will fill a vacant former Kmart space at the Prospector's Plaza retail property in Placerville.

It appears an upcoming Target store has led several major retailers to consider joining a Placerville shopping center.

GC Placerville LLC, a joint venture of Gryphon Capital and Rich Development Co., bought Prospector’s Plaza on Missouri Flat Road in June. The purchase price for the 19.87-acre center was $24.13 million, according to records from real estate data service Reonomy.

Chris Shane, a managing partner with Gryphon Capital of Manhattan Beach, in July confirmed Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) would fill a former Kmart space in the center, with a store expected to open next year.

Shane also said Prospector’s Plaza would see a full renovation and improvement plan, including lighting, landscaping, paving and building façades. The center is more than 243,000 square feet.

Now, it appears Prospector’s Plaza could see several more retail additions.

Online leasing materials from commercial real estate brokerage CBRE show at least two businesses that are in lease negotiations: Mattress Firm and Bath & Body Works.

At least four more businesses are in letter-of-intent negotiations, according to those materials: Old Navy, MOD Pizza, Aspen Dental and Chili's Grill & Bar.

Shane said no new leases have been signed for the center.

Old Navy spokeswoman Justine Jordan did not confirm a possible Placerville store. Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) is the parent company of Old Navy, but is expected to spin off the brand into its own publicly traded company next year.

Representatives from Mattress Firm Inc., Bath & Body Works, MOD Pizza, Aspen Dental Management Inc. and Chili's did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment. Chili's is operated by Brinker International Inc. (NYSE: EAT).

With the exception of Aspen Dental, all those chain businesses already have multiple Sacramento-area locations. In addition to its other national sites, Aspen's website lists dental practices in four places in California, the closest of which is in Modesto.

Any new tenants would join a variety of existing businesses in the center, such as Ross Dress for Less, CVS Pharmacy and Save Mart.

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