Grocery Store May be the New Piazza Project’s Major Tenant

City Manager: Store name will remain confidential until further progress is made

Written by MATTHEW WONG / Published September 9, 2011 (ONLINE ONLY) 

A grocery store may be the Piazza property’s major tenant, City Manager Jose Pulido on Thursday said.

Representatives of a “high volume grocery store…[are] very interested in being the major tenant at the Temple City Plaza,” Pulido wrote in his October 28, 2010 city manager’s report.

However, the city manager noted he would not identify the business just yet.

“Since the discussions are in the preliminary stages, the name of [the] independent grocery store will remain confidential until we are sure that their footprint needs can be met at this location,” he said.

The city manager, who took over the reins at City Hall in October 2009, has been closely following the development of Piazza developer Randy Wang’s latest proposal. This past summer, Pulido provided a couple of updates regarding the progress of the project.

Wang’s latest plan appears to be an urban center that is approximately 67,500 square feet. The project includes two restaurants, outdoor dining areas, and two medium-sized retail pads.

The developer has assembled a development team that includes Armando Aguirre, a commercial broker, and Suzie Koo, a real estate broker.

Despite the work conducted behind the scenes, the Piazza property remains vacant. Wang’s property sits at the corner of Las Tunas Drive and Rosemead Boulevard.

Wang’s original project was approved by the City Council in May 2006 and had been expected to be completed in August 2009.

Meanwhile, the fallout from Wang’s allegations of bribery continues.

Former Temple City Mayor Cathé Wilson returns to court on November 8. She is accused of demanding bribes from Wang in exchange for support of his Piazza project.

In addition, two city officials have resigned from the City Council. A former mayor stepped down in 2009, while another former mayor is serving a sentence of 16 months in state prison.

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