SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 5, 2014 — The Irvine Company announced today that Santa Clara’s first Whole Foods Market is coming to Santa Clara Square, a unique office campus and specialty retail center being built at Great America Parkway and the 101 freeway in the heart of Silicon Valley.
The organic and natural grocer will occupy 50,000 square feet of retail space at Santa Clara Square Marketplace, a 125,000-square-foot specialty shopping center being built by the Irvine Company. Construction on Santa Clara Square Marketplace is under way with Whole Foods Market set to open in 2016 along with other merchants.
The Santa Clara store will be Whole Foods Market’s third with the Irvine Company. In 2012, Whole Foods Market opened at Fashion Island, the Irvine Company’s 1.5 million-square-foot coastal shopping center in Newport Beach. In early 2016, Whole Foods Market is set to open at Los Olivos Marketplace, a 120,000-square-foot shopping center being built by the Irvine Company in the city of Irvine.
Paseos, Outdoor Terraces
With an elegant design inspired by early California and Mediterranean styles, Santa Clara Square Marketplace will feature upscale restaurants, including some concepts entirely new to Northern California. The restaurants of Santa Clara Square Marketplace make the most of Silicon Valley’s climate with outdoor terraces for elegant al fresco dining. Framed by lush landscaping and red brick paseos, the dining terraces are the perfect setting for an after-work meal or a night out with colleagues, friends or family.
The center also will include causal restaurants, unique shops and convenient services, all within walking distance for Santa Clara Square employees and nearby residents.
“With Santa Clara Square Marketplace, we are bringing decades of experience designing shopping centers and working with retailers,” said Dave Moore, president of Irvine Company Retail Properties, which operates nearly 9 million square feet of retail in California. “We are looking to build on our longstanding ties with leading merchants and restaurateurs to bring some exciting firsts to Santa Clara and Silicon Valley.”
Complementary Office, Retail
Santa Clara Square Marketplace is part of the Irvine Company’s larger Santa Clara Square master plan. Along with a specialty shopping center, Santa Clara Square includes 1.5 million square feet of state-of-the-art campus office workspace in buildings designed by renowned architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners of New York.
Currently, the Irvine Company is building a 410,000-square-foot campus for global networking company Ericsson on the west side of Santa Clara Square. Ericsson, one the world’s top providers of technology and services for telecommunications, mobile and television networks, selected Santa Clara Square to unite its rapidly expanding Silicon Valley workforce in an environment that inspires employees and customers. Ericsson will bring about 2,000 employees to Santa Clara Square starting in late 2015.
“Santa Clara Square is bringing high-quality jobs alongside shopping, dining and services that our residents and businesses desire,” said Julio Fuentes, Santa Clara city manager. “With premier offices and complementary retail, the comprehensive planning of Santa Clara Square ensures this will be a showcase project for the city.”
Decades of Planning Experience
The design of Santa Clara Square — with world-class architecture, a central Silicon Valley location and seamless integration of offices, stores and restaurants — draws on the experience of the Irvine Company, California’s leading master builder.
Celebrating its 150th anniversary, the Irvine Company is known for its high-quality investment properties across California and balanced, walkable master-planned communities on The Irvine Ranch in Southern California with a full range of employment, housing, education, recreation and open space and transportation opportunities.
Santa Clara Square is comprehensively designed as a workplace and retail community where people can be their most productive in a campus environment complete with outdoor workplaces, a fitness center, conference facilities and upscale dining, shopping and services connected by inviting pedestrian walkways.
Building on the excitement of the Great America Parkway corridor, Santa Clara Square is two miles from Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers and the 2016 Super Bowl.
Alongside Santa Clara Square, the scenic San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail offers miles of intersection-free walking, jogging and cycling, and, on game days, a convenient alternative to getting directly to Levi’s Stadium.
Complementing Santa Clara Square, the Irvine Company recently completed Santa Clara Gateway, a 911,000-square-foot office campus near Levi’s Stadium that has attracted leading tech companies Dell, GlobalFoundries, Arista and Square.
Santa Clara Square is part of the Irvine Company’s long-term commitment to Silicon Valley, where it has operated for nearly 20 years. The company owns and operates market-leading office workplaces and apartment communities across Silicon Valley, including seven resort-style communities within five miles of Santa Clara Square in North San Jose, Sunnyvale, Cupertino and Santa Clara.
For more information about the unique workplace community being created at Santa Clara Square, please see www.SantaClaraSquare.com.