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Smile Brands Inc. Signs Lease To Relocate National Headquarters To Irvine Spectrum

The Irvine Company announced today that Smile Brands Inc., a fast-growing national provider of comprehensive business support services to dentists, has signed a lease to occupy the entire 15th floor and a portion of the first floor at 8105 Irvine Center Drive in Irvine Spectrum®. The new location will serve as the firm’s national headquarters.

Smile Brands will occupy nearly 50,000 square feet at the elegant 15-story office tower located across the street from Irvine Spectrum Center®. The company will relocate to 8105 Irvine Center Drive from its current location at Hutton Centre in Santa Ana within the next 30 days. Terms of the lease were not disclosed.

“Smile Brands is a rapidly expanding company that is highly regarded not only throughout California, but nationwide, and we’re very pleased to welcome them as a new client,” said Steve Case, executive vice president of Irvine Company Office Properties. “As they searched for a high-quality location in Orange County that would allow them to consolidate administrative offices as part of their continuing expansion, 8105 Irvine Center Drive and its ideal location in Irvine Spectrum nicely complemented Smile Brands’ dynamic corporate culture.”

Bill McCarthy, Smile Brands’ senior vice president of Real Estate and Facilities Development, said 8105 Irvine Center Drive’s amenities and location offer “the best of both worlds” for the company’s 230 employees who will be based there. “Not only is the building attractive, but it also offers us tremendous workspace flexibility, a key factor as the company continues to evolve. The Smile Brands’ mission is to deliver Smiles for Everyone, whether that’s doctors, their patients, vendors, investors or employees. Providing a highly collaborative and productive environment is one way we can deliver on this promise,” he said. “In addition, we’re pleased that employees will have convenient access to Irvine Spectrum’s considerable amenities, including restaurants, shopping, housing and recreation.”

Since its start in 1985, Irvine Spectrum has been widely regarded as one of the world’s largest and best master-planned business centers. In addition to Verizon Wireless, industry leaders located in Irvine Spectrum include Blizzard Entertainment, KPMG, Toshiba America, Fluor Corporation, UBS, Billabong and Taco Bell’s international headquarters, among others.

Located between the 5, 405 and 133 freeways, Irvine Spectrum offers companies superior access and visibility, along with outstanding retail and housing opportunities. Amenities include the 1.2 million-square-foot Irvine Spectrum Center®; Tom Fazio-designed Oak Creek Golf Club®, and The Village and The Park apartment homes.

With the Smile Brands lease, Irvine Company Office Properties builds on record-setting leasing momentum achieved during fiscal year 2009-2010. During that 12-month period, Office Properties signed gross leases totaling more than 7 million square feet, its most successful fiscal year ever.

The trend continues this fiscal year with dozens of leases currently in the pipeline. “We are experiencing significant absorption of space throughout our portfolio across a broad spectrum of industries, making it clear that corporate America is increasingly optimistic about the economy,” Case said.

About Irvine Company Office Properties
Irvine Company Office Properties owns and operates 475 properties in the most prestigious coastal markets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties and the Silicon Valley. It takes a long-term view, focusing on reinvestment and customer experience. To learn more about the company please visit www.irvineoffice.com

About Smile Brands Inc.
Smile Brands Inc. is the largest provider of support services to dental groups in the United States based on number of dental offices. We provide comprehensive business support services so dentists can spend more time caring for their patients and less time on the administrative, marketing and financial aspects of the dental practice. Our services support more than 1,100 dentists and hygienists practicing in over 300 Bright Now! Dental, Monarch Dental, and Castle Dental offices in 17 states. Nearly one million people a year take advantage of extended evening and weekend office hours, convenient locations, affordable prices, and flexible payment plans for quality, full-service dental care including general and cosmetic dentistry, and specialty services such as orthodontics at affiliated Smile Brands’ offices. Based in Santa Ana, Calif., Smile Brands Inc. and its affiliated dental offices employ approximately 4,200 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.smilebrands.com.