The Hooters Drama Continues in Thousand Oaks as a Councilwoman Gets Involved

On Tuesday, the VC Star reported that Thousand Oaks Councilwoman Claudia Bill-de la Peña wrote a letter dated November 15th to property managers of Janss Marketplace, asking them to reconsider leasing space for a Hooters restaurant located in the parking lot adjacent to the mall.

This has been quite a drama for Thousand Oaks in 2011 since it was announced back in March that there was a possibility of Hooters occuping the space left vacant by Fuddruckers over a year and a half ago. Ultimately it was determined that there are no legal issues with a Hooters and they were moving forward.

Councilwoman Bill-de la Peña wrote her letter based on "'The opposition to an eatery is unprecedented, it is historical," she said. "In light of the opposition, I felt I needed to make the Janss mall aware of that, as if they weren't already. I felt with the outrage of the community ... I had to speak on behalf of those opposed.'"

We did our own survey here on CVG and the final outcome was roughly 30% of respondents were against opening a Hooters, 55% were thumbs up and the remainder pretty much had no opinion.

There are over 460 Hooters restaurants arouund the world. Hooters has operated since 1983. I ate at the Long Beach Hooters with my kids and frankly it wasn't a lot different than taking them to the local Cronies (love their beer), Draughts (also great beer), Tipsy Goat (beer me again) or Ladyface Ale (yep, great beer there too). They were not truamatized by the experience, nor did they ask about or expand upon the definition of the word Hooters (had they asked, the hooting sounds of owls would have of course been the response).

This shopping center has been part of the community for over 50 years. Janss Mall (as it was originally called) was built in 1960 with about 200,000 sq ft of space. In 1969 the 198,000 sq ft Sears was added, along with another 90,000 sq ft of shop space. Then in 1994 another 160,000 sq ft was added and it was renamed Janss Marketplace.

Janss Marketplace recently donated $15,000 to the Conejo Recreation & Park District youth programs. The funds were raised from the Reign of Terror Haunted House at the mall.

Let me digress. Yes there was a lot of opposition to the Hooters. But those not opposed were not asked to submit a response. Most people I know aren't in the habit of sending letters to City Hall to tell them about a new business they "approve" of, particularly when there are no laws preventing the business from opening. Most of us approve/disapprove of local businesses with our wallets, and that usually works fine.

Let the Hooters open. If you don't like it, simply don't eat there, tell your friends and neighbors not to eat there, etc. Capitalism is pretty efficient in that way. It worked for Fuddruckers quite well.

Janss Marketplace Donates $15,000 to Conejo Recreation and Park District Youth Programs

Janss Marketplace Donates $15,000

Conejo Recreation and Park District Youth Organizations Will Benefit

Arts and teen programs will benefit from a major monetary donation.  Janss Marrketplace management presented a $1,5000 check yesterday to representatives from the Conejo Recreation and Park District (CRPD) in a ceremony held at the shopping center, located at located at 215 North Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks.

The shopping center raised the money at the Janss

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Janss Marketplace New Tenants Include Qdoba Mexican Grill, Karma Indian Cuisine and Conejo Valley Art Museum

Janss Marketplace Welcomes Three New Tenants: Center is 90% Leased

NewMark Merrill announces that Janss Marketplace, located at Moorpark Road and Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, added three tenants to achieve 90% occupancy. The center’s three newest tenants are Qdoba Mexican Grill, the Conejo Valley Art Museum and Karma Indian Cuisine.

Qdoba Mexican Grill signed a 10-year lease for the approximately 2,238 square feet located near the beautiful interactive fountain and next to Burlington Coat Factory. To open at TBD date.

Karma Indian Cuisine, which opened in March, signed a 7-year lease for approximately 2,324 square foot space. The new restaurant, located near Toys R Us and Rite Aid, offers authentic Indian fare. The restaurant features a lunch buffet and dinner specials with a wide selection of Indian cuisine.

The Conejo Valley Art Museum will soon open in the former Wine Styles space, located in the food courtyard across form Gold’s Gym. The museum will feature changing exhibits, gift shop and a reference library. To be open sometime in May.

During the recent openings, Invitation Spot moved to a new location next to Cold Stone Creamery and across from Toys R Us. Invitation Spot offers a variety of boxed and personalized “to order” invitations for event, wedding, parties and much more.

Janss Marketplace is part of a portfolio of over 60 shopping centers that the company owns or manages. NewMark Merrill Companies has the unique ability to draw from over 25 years of experience to provide a higher level of property management, development and asset management services for its clients. NewMark Merrill Companies has ranked among the top 20 Largest Property Management Firms and Top 10 Largest Commercial Real Estate Developers from 2007-2011 by the LA Business Journal. In addition to Woodland Hills, regional offices are located in Orange County, Ventura County, San Francisco, San Diego County, Colorado and Illinois. The company currently owns and/or operates over 60 shopping centers in three different states representing over 8 million square feet and over $1 billion in value. The Company owns LandMark Retail Group, a preferred developer for CVS Pharmacy which is developing new stores throughout California.

Karma is Coming to Janss Marketplace

Yes indeed. Karma Indian Cuisine, that is. The kids and I used to frequent the Rubio's on the east side of the mall that closed awhile back. Karma is set to open in its place. This is great news! While we miss Rubios, there's another, newer, larger one in Newbury Park. Meanwhile, the more ethnic variety we can get in the Conejo Valley, the better! Looking forward to the grand opening, whenever that might be.