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SAN FRANCISCO-The $105-million redo of Tanforan Park Shopping Center is underway. In early 2004, the 956,000-sf, 30-year-old mall will reopen as The Shops at Tanforan, an upscale retail center with 1.1-million-sf of the latest and greatest in shopping, dining and entertainment.

The center, currently 50% occupied, is anchored by J.C. Penney, Sears and Target, all of which are open during renovations. More national retailers, a multi-screen cinema and a variety of restaurants will be added for the grand reopening, which is scheduled for 2004. The project’s designer is Altoon + Porter Architecture.

The mall’s owner and developer, Wattson Breevast LLC, has hired General Growth Properties as a third-party leasing agent for the center. Greg Wattson, senior vice president of the company, believes that General Growth Properties’ broad retailer relationships and national clout will help the center to be more quickly leased to its full potential.

“The Shops at Tanforan currently attracts shoppers from the City of San Francisco, 20 miles to our north, through the draw of our anchor stores alone,” says Wattson. “When we redevelop and re-lease this center, it will become one of the most valuable shopping center assets on the West Coast.”

George Foscardo, community development director for the City of San Bruno, says that value can be measured in more than dollars. “The redevelopment of The Shops at Tanforan will not only create a dramatic new focal point for the City,” he says, “but also will drive the City’s redevelopment efforts in other parts of San Bruno.”

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