The Lakes at Thousand Oaks Rolls Out the Green Carpet for Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins
(An update to a previous post about Lassens coming to The Lakes)
As it continues to evolve as a shopping and dining destination in Thousand Oaks, The Lakes at Thousand Oaks is preparing to roll out the green carpet for Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins, the top purveyor of natural and organic foods. Set to open this summer, Lassens has earned a reputation over more than four decades as a family-run destination for organic produce, natural and organic groceries, a full service deli, juice bar, and an extensive selection of supplements, vitamins and natural body care products.
Lassens brings another high-quality tenant to The Lakes, a property of Caruso Affiliated, one of the largest and most successful privately held real estate development companies in the U.S. Its opening this summer will strengthen the appeal of the Thousand Oaks community hub to upscale and sophisticated consumers, joining established tenants such as P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Sunlife Organics, Umami Burger, California Pizza Kitchen and 9021Pho (to open in late Spring 2014).
“We are thrilled to have Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins join The Lakes at Thousand Oaks and look forward to offering our guests a community staple where they can shop for fresh, natural and organic groceries, vitamins and much more,” offered Jackie Levy, Executive Vice President of Operations for Caruso Affiliated.
Relocating its current 7,500-sq. ft. Thousand Oaks store to The Lakes, where it will nearly double in size to 13,500 square feet, Lassens will be able to significantly expand its product offerings. Because it is independently owned, Lassens is already distinguished for carrying a wide selection of unique, lesser-known specialty brands, for its organic salad bar, full service deli including hot case items, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and made to order juices, and for its commitment to 100% organic produce and natural products. Since 1971, when Hilmar and Oda Lassen opened the doors of their first store in Camarillo, Lassens has become a trusted community destination and a conscientious supporter of local farms. To date, Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins has grown to ten locations, with its opening at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.lassens.com.
Nestled against the western edge of the Santa Monica Mountains, The Lakes at Thousand Oaks is perhaps the most pristine and beautiful of Caruso Affiliated’s properties, featuring two magnificent lakes, waterfalls, a children’s playground, rose gardens and public spaces spread across 7.5 acres. For more information, visit www.shoplakes.com. Follow The Lakes on Facebook at www.facebook.com/shoplakes and Twitter at twitter.com/shoplakes.
About Caruso Affiliated
Caruso Affiliated is one of the largest privately held real estate development companies in the United States. They develop, own and manage a portfolio of highly specialized retail and residential properties that command sales per square foot 75% above the industry average. Average consumer expenditures nearly double that of regional malls and sales growth is nearly three times that of traditional malls. Its portfolio encompasses a world-class collection of properties that attract millions of people annually, including one of its premier developments, The Grove, which attracts more guests per year than Disneyland. Caruso Affiliated properties are designed to make them more than retail and residential sites, they are central gathering places for the communities they serve, as well as premier tourist destinations. In 2012, two of Caruso Affiliated’s properties – The Grove and The Americana at Brand – ranked in Shopping Center Today’s list of the top 15 shopper centers in the world based on sales per square foot. Caruso Affiliated is currently spearheading one of the largest retail development programs in the nation, which is expected to generate $80 million annually in new taxes for state and local governments as well as 11,000 construction jobs and 8,000 permanent jobs.