Rossmoor News — By Cathy Tallyn | Staff writer
Can you picture a rooftop restaurant and cocktail lounge in the Rossmoor Shopping Center? The owner can.
Terrence Tallen can visualize just that in the second phase of the center’s gradual rebirth, which started in 2016.
The old 1960s feel of the Rossmoor Shopping Center is almost gone as its makeover continues.
The 55-year-old center has been repurposed, reconfigured and rebuilt or renovated. New tenants have brought more vitality. And more is to come.
“It’s great,” said Gordon Moore, a nearby resident who stopped in at the center last week.
He likes the new look, feel and shopping options.
The design team’s intent was to give the center an entirely new identity with an updated look featuring warmer and more modern colors and materials. Components also include updated signage, lush new landscaping, and new outdoor gathering/dining spaces, said Tallen, president and CEO of Tallen Capital Partners.
“The center is approximately 85% occupied, and we plan to complete this phase in 2022. We have another phase that we can build, so the continued development will go on for a few years,” he said.
Expected to open by the end of the year are Mountain Mike’s, Yogurt Spot and Dogtopia and later, OsteoStrong, a fitness center that specializes in strengthening the skeletal system. The U.S. post office will relocate next to the pizza place. A car wash will be added to the Chevron station at the corner.
On the project’s wish list are more restaurants, dine-in (with full bar, long hours and more menu choices) and drive through.
These businesses join other tenants, such as Starbucks (said to be one of the chain’s busiest), BurgerIM, John Muir Health, Salons by JC and the Rossmoor Diner.
Those businesses alone each draw hundreds of people a day, Tallen said.
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