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Towne Centre holds Entrepreneur Day

Submitted by on 1, July 15, 2009 – 5:45 amOne Comment

The folks out at Alameda Towne Centre are looking for retail businesses to fill spaces in their interior mall. And they’re holding an Entrepreneur Day from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 18 for anyone who’s interested.

The center has spaces that are between 400 square feet and 10,000 square feet in size, and they’re offering a free lunch voucher to anyone with a qualified business plan. In addition to a property tour, they’ll have a representative from Wells Fargo’s small business department on hand to offer information on how to launch your business.

The 50-year-old center’s tenants include national chains like Borders, Trader Joe’s, Kohls, TJ Maxx and Old Navy, as well as local businesses like Loard’s Ice Cream, Bon Voyage Luggage, Alameda Beauty Center, and Carlin’s Shoes.

For more information, call 521-8100 or check out the shopping center’s website.

The mall is owned and operated by Harsch Investment Properties, a Portland-based company that owns more than 130 properties in five Western states. The company’s commercial portfolio includes more than 20 million square feet of office, retail and industrial properties with a value in excess of over $2.5 billion, and it also has almost $700 million under construction and development and owns and manages more than 1,500 multifamily housing units.

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CEO Dr. Michael West

CEO Dr. Michael West

Alameda-based BioTime announced Monday that the company’s investors pumped $4 million into it, bringing the total amount the company has raised from investors since May to $8 million. The company has also pulled in a $4.7 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

BioTime markets a blood plasma volume extender called Hextend and has also formed a subsidiary, Embryone, to market stem cell products.

The company recently leased an 11,000-square-foot facility here on the Island for Embryone.

One Comment »

  • David M says:

    Its always a big mistake to build a shopping mall with store fronts that face inwards. Town Centre does not have the critical mass of enough foot traffic to support the inside stores. The inside retail space might be more suited to businesses that do no rely on foot traffic such as law firms or dentist offices. Sure, the stores with the fronts on the outside will most likely survive because the signage can be seen from people driving by. Want some examples? Look at the retail space at Jack London Square. Look what happened with Jack London Village.

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