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These Bay Area Shopping Centers Are Gaining New Retail Tenants

While big-box retailers struggle to keep their doors open nationally, a variety of retailers are signing new and expanded leases at Bay Area shopping centers. Many retail centers have been pushing for more luxury high-end, discount and experience-oriented retailers to attract shoppers.

Check out some of the newest retailers at the Bay Area’s prominent retail centers below.

Westfield San Francisco Centre

These Bay Area Shopping Centers Are Gaining New Retail Tenants
Westfield San Francisco Centre

One of San Francisco’s largest shopping centers, Westfield San Francisco Centre, is adding many flagship stores to its shopping directory. Aritzia, a Canadian designer, opened its first San Francisco flagship store in an 11K SF two-level boutique in November. Aesop opened a store in December. Spanish retailer Zara opened a two-level flagship store occupying 26K SF in February.

American Eagle Outfitters will open a new 12K SF two-level flagship store this spring. Hong Kong fashion eyewear brand Mujosh will open its first U.S. store in spring.

New restaurants include Koja Kitchen and Big Fish Little Fish, which are open, as well as Bake Cheese Tart to open in spring and full-service Mexican restaurant Cocosueño to open in summer.

The Veranda

These Bay Area Shopping Centers Are Gaining New Retail Tenants
Rendering of The Verdana in Concord

Concord’s newest shopping center, which opened late 2017, has signed leases with several national and local businesses. CenterCal Properties landed leases during Q1 for Gap Factory Outlet, Old Navy and Banana Republic Factory Outlet as well as Shabuya and Sephora. This will be the first Northern California location for Shabuya, a Japanese restaurant.

Existing retailers at the 375K SF retail and entertainment plaza include Whole Foods 365, Luxe Cinema by Cinema West, Cost Plus World Market, T.J. Maxx, LunchboxWax, SleepNumber, Xfinity and AAA. Restaurants will include EMC Seafood & Raw Bar, Mikuni, Popbar, Puesto, Residual Sugar Wine Bar & Merchant and Super Duper Burgers. Sutter Health and City Sports also will open soon.

Stanford Shopping Center

These Bay Area Shopping Centers Are Gaining New Retail Tenants
Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto

Palo Alto’s main shopping locale, Stanford Shopping Center, will add high-end luxury clothing and accessory retailer Jeffrey to its mix of retailers. This will be the brand’s third location and will be the retailer's first store opening in 20 years. The 12K SF store is expected to open Aug. 2, according to the East Bay Times. The luxury retailer offers merchandise that can reach prices of thousands of dollars and will join other high-end retailers such as Cartier, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton and a Tesla showroom at the Simon Property Group-owned center.

First Street Napa

These Bay Area Shopping Centers Are Gaining New Retail Tenants
Rendering of First Street Napa in downtown Napa

First Street Napa, a downtown Napa 325K SF mixed-use development, has been signing several retail leases, most recently adding Mecox and Kalifornia Jean Bar to its lineup. Mecox, a home and garden furnishing store, took 2,500 SF for its eighth location and opened in early April. Kalifornia Jean Bar will open its first Bay Area location this spring.

The development owned and managed by Zapolski Real Estate and Trademark Property Co. opened its first set of stores and restaurants in the fall and will continue to open new retail throughout 2018. Tenants include Archer Hotel Napa, Charlie Palmer Steak Napa, State & First by Maris Collective, Overland Sheepskin Co., Compline wine bar + restaurant + merchant, Napa Valley Jewelers, Eiko’s Modern Japanese Cuisine and Brown Estate.

Additional stores and businesses to open in 2018 include Napastäk Napa Valley, Tommy Bahama, Lush, John Anthony Family of Wines, Silicon Valley Bank and Pacific Union International.