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Carrie Bobb Carrie Bobb

Grocery, fitness and restaurant tenants are driving leasing activity in San Diego, especially at premier properties—but they aren’t alone. The market is on the short-list of many expanding online retailers looking to create a brick-and-mortar footprint. A successful shopping center needs a tenant mix with a healthy combination for the two, according to Carrie Bobb, VP at CBRE and one of the retail leasing brokers working on One Paso, a mixed-use development with 95,000 square feet of retail space along with 608 apartment units and 280,000 square feet of office space. To create the right experience, she starts with restaurant tenants and builds up from there.

“You are definitely seeing more grocery, food and beverage and fitness tenants. Those are things that you can’t get online, and that is generating the foot traffic,” Bobb tells GlobeSt.com. “At One Paso, for example, we started with our restaurant leasing, and then we started in on SoulCycles. The icing on the cake is the fashion and the apparel. That isn’t a huge part of the project, but it definitely helps with the overall experience and personality and character of the project.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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