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Whole Foods buys New Frontiers in SLO for first Central Coast store

By   /  Monday, March 31st, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Whole Foods buys New Frontiers in SLO for first Central Coast store

  Grocery giant Whole Foods Market has purchased the New Frontiers Natural Marketplace in San Luis Obispo, setting the stage for its first Central Coast store. Austin-based Whole Foods announced on March 31 that it has purchased the New Frontiers stores in San Luis Obispo and in Flagstaff, Prescott and Sedona, Ariz. Terms of the Read More →

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Santa Barbara firms team up to buy Avila Beach hotel project

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara firms team up to buy Avila Beach hotel project

The project, which has not yet started to wind its way through what will likely be a lengthy entitlement process, is the second investment by Somera Management and Postcard Properties in south SLO County.

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Deckers takes Apple-store strategy with Goleta shops

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Deckers takes Apple-store strategy with Goleta shops

Deckers Outdoor Corp. has opened retail stores for its footwear brands at its new campus headquarters in Goleta. The Ugg boot parent's stock spiraled on Feb. 28, after the company predicted a first-quarter loss stemming from costs to build out company-owned Ugg stores around the world. (courtesy photo)

The flagship store features Deckers’ footwear brands and highlights its recent efforts to build out its own retail infrastructure worldwide. It also shows off Deckers’ so-called “omnichannel” strategy, whereby shoppers can, for example, try shoes on in the store and complete their orders online.

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La Entrada to restart construction amid tourism tax boom

By   /  Tuesday, March 25th, 2014  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on La Entrada to restart construction amid tourism tax boom

In another sign that the region’s tourism industry is entering boom times again, the city of Santa Barbara experienced double-digit growth in hotel taxes in the first eight months of its fiscal year. During the annual State of the City breakfast on March 24, City Manager Jim Armstrong said that Transient Occupancy Tax, or TOT, Read More →

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Developer’s vision for upscale Shoppes at Westlake takes hold

By   /  Friday, March 21st, 2014  /  Columns, East Ventura County, Real Estate, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Developer’s vision for upscale Shoppes at Westlake takes hold

The 243,500-square-foot Shoppes at Westlake Village center is now 75 percent pre-leased, four months ahead of a ribbon-cutting.

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Cashing out: Bank of America consolidates Simi operations

By   /  Friday, March 21st, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Real Estate, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Cashing out: Bank of America consolidates Simi operations

Bank of America has shed a 1 million-square-foot portfolio of former Countrywide Financial Corp. office buildings for $200 million and plans to consolidate its Simi Valley campus.

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Move sues after Realtor.com chief leaves for rival Zillow

By   /  Tuesday, March 18th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Law, Real Estate, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Move sues after Realtor.com chief leaves for rival Zillow

Move Inc., operator of Realtor.com, has sued a former employee and much-larger competitor Zillow, alleging theft of trade secrets.

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