July 22, 2017

Real Estate Newsletter Summer 2017

National Real Estate News:

Big Box Retailer News

  • On July 7th, Sears/Kmart announced 43 more store closings, in addition to the 265 closings already announced earlier this year. One of the 43 locations is in the Inland Empire, a Kmart at 7200 Arlington Ave., Riverside.
  • On June 29th, Walgreens and Rite Aid called off their merger, at least in its original form. Walgreens will now buy about half of Rite Aid’s stores (2,186 stores).  Most of these stores will be located in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast.  Walgreens has not announced if it plans to close the stores that it has purchased. The Federal Trade Commission was expected to reject the merger due to anti-monopoly laws, so this new agreement was created to avoid these regulations.


Local Happenings:

Montclair-Place-MallCity of Montclair approves significant upgrades to Montclair Place Mall: On June 26th, the City of Montclair approved plans for the owner of the Montclair Place to demolish the former Broadway Department store at the east end of the mall, and to construct in its place a 144,000 square foot building which will accommodate a 12-screen movie theater, a bowling alley, and three new restaurants. In addition, the exterior façade of JC Penney as well as the northwest corner of the mall will be remodeled, as well.  This follows the recent redesign and rebranding of the food court as the Moreno Street Market, which is already open.
Flights from China to Ontario (ONT) coming soon:  This summer, Dynamic International Airways will begin offering two flights per week from Nanchang, China, to Ontario International Airport.  In a prior newsletter, I had noted that ownership of the Ontario Airport was transferred from the Los Angeles World Airport organization back to a local authority called the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA).  Since then, it has been a priority of the OIAA to increase flight volume in and out of ONT.

Many Chinese investors like purchasing real estate in the Inland Empire due to better investment returns (relative to LA and OC), good schools, and high growth potential.  Direct flights to and from China will make it easier for Chinese to visit and invest in the area.  This is a positive sign for ONT and for IE real estate.
Inland-Empire-unemployementEmployment is Trending Positive in the IE:  According to the latest (June) report from the UC Riverside School of Business, the Inland Empire added 1,400 jobs in May 2017, which is great news, since overall job gains in California have been flat for the past two months.  Year-over-year employment growth in the IE is 2.8%, which is nearly double the 1.5% growth in the state as a whole.  For the 12 months ending May 2017, the IE was responsible for the second most jobs added in California, trailing only the Los Angeles Metro area.

The unemployment rate in the IE continues to drop each month, and is now at 4.9%, a level that hasn’t been seen since 2006.  Construction continues to be the fastest growing sector at 2.7% growth versus the prior month and 17.8% growth in the past year.  The retail sector continues to shed jobs, down 0.2% versus the prior month and down 0.1% in the past year.
New freeway express lanes coming to I-10 and I-15: On July 12, the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority approved a 33-mile expansion of the I-10 freeway to build two tolled express lanes between Montclair and Redlands.  Phase 1, which will go from Montclair to I-15, will start in late 2018 and finish in 2002.  The rest will begin in 2021 and finish in 2024.
I-15: Two tolled express lanes will be added in each direction between Cajalco Rd. on the south end, to CA Rt-60 on the north end. Construction will begin in 2018 with the lanes projected to be open in mid-2020.  The new lanes will be built along the existing median of I-15, so unlike the CA-91 expansion project, that land will not have to be reclaimed from private owners.

Featured Listings:


Single tenant leased investment: ROSS Dress for Less/ dd’s DISCOUNTS in Ontario, CA

This is a single tenant leased investment to Ross Dress for Less, operating as dd’s DISCOUNTS, with 5 years remaining on the lease term. Ross is rated A- by Standard & Poor’s.

Sold on 5/31/17 for $4,400,000 – 6.25% Cap Rate.


Grocery Anchored Center in Rancho Cucamonga – This is a 89,000-square foot shopping center anchored by Stater Bros, Bank of America, and Carl’s Jr. This is a unique opportunity to own an entire shopping center including the pads. The Stater Bros in this center is one of the top performing grocery stores in the region, with $920/SF in sales per year.

About me:

I specialize in representing buyers and sellers of retail investment properties, focusing primarily on the Western Inland Empire, encompassing the cities of Corona, Norco, Eastvale, Ontario, Chino, Chino Hills, Montclair, and Pomona. Prior to commercial real estate brokerage, I worked as a residential real estate investor, flipping houses in Orange County.


I am originally from New Jersey, and have worked for corporations such as Nestle PowerBar, Prudential, and Computer Sciences Corporation. I have a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Duke University.

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Mike Lin, CRE