Pacific Retail Capital Partners and J.P. Morgan Acquire Former Macy’s Building at Paseo Nuevo in Downtown Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Calif. (February 7, 2018) – Pacific Retail Capital Partners and institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, the owners of Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants, announced today the acquisition of the former Macy’s building that was vacated by the anchor tenant in March of 2017. Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants is now positioned to repurpose the 135,000 square foot building to fit the needs of the community and to better serve today’s retail environment.

Paseo Nuevo has been working with Macy’s in anticipation of this acquisition. As the premier shopping destination in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, this opportunity will continue to elevate the thriving atmosphere of this charming open-air center.

“Investment in the former Macy’s building demonstrates our commitment to this community, State Street and the next generation planning of Paseo Nuevo. We have been working to form the adaptive reuse of the building that will contribute to the balance and remerchandise of the area,” said Steve Plenge, managing principal, Pacific Retail Capital Partners.

Local architectural firms have been engaged to assist in the overall vision and concept planning of the space. In the meantime, the current building offers a unique opportunity that will allow for community events, pop-up shops and entertainment experiences. Please contact Mary Lynn Harms-Romo at 805-963-7147 to inquire.

Paseo Nuevo invites the community to share their shopping habits, desired retail brands and restaurant suggestions through a survey that is available online at here.
Pacific Retail Capital Partners oversees all operations at Paseo Nuevo as well as its vision for the future. The company has significant experience in the management, marketing, leasing and repositioning of large regional lifestyle centers. BMW Realty Advisors, led by co-founder and president Bob Baker, leads leasing efforts in conjunction with a team from CBRE, a leader in commercial real estate.

About Paseo Nuevo
Paseo Nuevo is the Central Coast’s most distinctive collection of unique, stylish retailers between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The center is located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara – an international mecca for those seeking luxurious surf, serenity, sun and shopping. Opened in 1990, the center is anchored by Nordstrom and presented in a charming, open-air Spanish setting, Paseo Nuevo features 154,900 square feet of specialty retailers and restaurants like Eureka! Burgers, Sephora, Saje, Lush, Victoria’s Secret, Aveda, Lorna Jane and others.

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