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Overall, retail investment activity in Southern California has slowed this year compared to last year—but there investors are finding opportunities in outlying markets, like the Inland Empire. This year, $230 million in retail properties have traded hands in the market. The largest single transaction in the market is the Thomas Winery Plaza, a 99,838 square foot CVS anchored shopping center in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, which recently traded hands for $24 million. This property sat on the market for two years before trading for top dollar. Matthews Real Estate Investment ServicesEl Warner, national director and EVP, and Lindsay Tsumpes, director and AVP of the firm’s shopping center division, brokered the deal. We sat down with them to talk about the investment activity in the Inland Empire and why this deal was so significant to the market.

GlobeSt.com: What is retail investment activity been like this year in the Inland Empire? 

Retail activity has slowed for Inland Empire as well as Southern California markets as a whole.  Retail velocity is down $768 Million from last year in California, and Thomas Winery Plaza represents $24 Million of the $230 Million sold year to date in Inland Empire.  It is the largest transaction to date.

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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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