BREA, CA—Regency Centers, a national owner,operator and developer of grocery-anchored community shoppingcenters, has closed on 8.58 acres at the corner ofImperial Highway and ValenciaAvenue in Brea, with plans to build a 87,000 square-footretail center, Village at La Floresta. The centerwill be home to the first Whole Foods Market inNorth Orange County

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A groundbreaking ceremony will be held next month on the futureretail site at the intersection of ImperialHighway and Valencia Avenue. Guestspeakers will include representatives from Regency Centers, TheCity of Brea, and Whole Foods Market.

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“Village at La Floresta will not only provide North OrangeCounty with its first Whole Foods, but also new and excitingrestaurants and retailers,” said John Mehigan,vice president of investments for Regency Centers in SouthernCalifornia. “We've designed this center to become the 'downtown'for East Brea, a gathering place for the community to meet, shopand enjoy.” Centralized amongst the master-planned LaFloresta community, The Village at La Floresta will besurrounded by high-end, multifamily town homes, single-familyhomes, and luxury senior living.

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“We want to create a place that allows people to relax, interactand, most importantly, find the high quality food, goods andservices that meet their needs. With areas for gathering, communityevents and walking paths, we hope the community comes to see Shopsat La Floresta as an extension of their own homes,” continuedMehigan. The center will pursue LEED certificationto continue with Regency's commitment to sustainabledevelopment.

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Upon completion, The Village at La Floresta's cornerstone willbe the largest art installation in Brea, a $2 million sculpture byartist Doug Hollis. The center will also include awater feature and lush landscaping with native plants.Pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and pathways will thread through thedifferent retail storefronts, allowing for a relaxed and easilyaccessible atmosphere.

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The Village at La Floresta is scheduled for completionJanuary of 2016.

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David Phillips

David Phillips is a Chicago-based freelance writer and consultant with more than 20 years experience in business and community news. He also has extensive reporting experience in the food manufacturing industry for national trade publications.