Nation’s Largest Japanese Supermarket Chain

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Regency Centers, a national owner, operator and developer of grocery-anchored and community shopping centers, has leased 13,853 square feet of retail space at Heritage Plaza in Irvine, Calif. to Mitsuwa Marketplace, the nation’s largest Japanese supermarket.

This Asian grocer will include multiple departments including high quality Japanese produce, meat, fish and groceries, Japanese house wares, take-out sushi and a food court of well-known Japanese restaurants. A California-based retailer, Mitsuwa Marketplace has eight other locations, including six in California (Torrence, Santa Monica, San Gabriel, and Costa Mesa are OC locations), with this being their first location in the Irvine market.

Mitsuwa Marketplace is part of the $10 million renovation currently underway at Heritage Plaza, a 233,000-square-foot neighborhood center located in Orange County. Based upon resident focus group feedback and research data, the center’s transformation will include a new exterior facade incorporating stone and wood finishes, upgraded architectural components, new building and way finding signage, wider pedestrian walkways, energy-efficient parking lot lighting, addition of gathering areas with outdoor seating and sidewalk eating areas for al fresco dining and updated landscaping including new planter pots with colorful vegetation and the addition of more than 230 trees. The renovation is scheduled for completion in November.

Posted By Kristin 7/7/2011