Oct 07, 2019


The changing landscape of retail has forced many companies to reimagine traditional retail spaces and no one is more at the forefront of that than Seritage Heritage Properties. Formed as a REIT in 2015, the company has taken over dozens of Sears locations and redeveloped them into multi-use spaces by breaking up the large department store format and creating a space for multiple smaller locations housing retailers such as Burlington Coat Factory, Primark, Whole Foods Market and many others.

Bogart Construction is proud to team up with Seritage for the revitalization of the Sears – North Hollywood and Carson locations. Both locations are being modernized with brand new storefronts to house multiple new retailers and breaking up the space and rebuilding to host the bevy of new stores is a challenge, but one that Bogart Construction is willing to take on. Our team has worked tirelessly to create these new spaces out of the dated Sears spaces and we look forward to a successful project.

Oct 07, 2019

Bogart Technology

When you think construction, technology may be the last thing that comes on mind, however, technology is developing at lighting speeds to advance of the most enduring industries - building. Bogart Construction has become an early adopter of many up and coming software and technology platforms available that cater to the construction industry.

Two of the most popular software programs in the industry are Procore and PlanGrid and Bogart has integrated both programs into the company. Each platform provides a different array of benefits to the construction process. Both programs allow all team members to collaborate from owners, to subcontractors, to architects and general contractors to promote open communication to ensure a successful project, but each has its own unique qualities that help the construction process. While PlanGrid is more centered on the actual architectural plans of the project and can be used to rapidly update all team members on changes to the plans, Procore offers execution of a project from bid to closeout. The tools from each of these programs allows Bogart to efficiently run our projects and keep everyone on task.

Along with Procore and PlanGrid, Bogart Construction utilizes other software programs such as Bluebeam and HoloBuilder. We are always looking to the latest innovations to the industry to that we can bring our clients “On Time Completion – Zero Punch Turn” projects.

Oct 07, 2019

Chick Fil A

Bogart Construction is excited to be part of the construction of the Chick-Fil-A in Riverside, California which will be the first location in Downtown Riverside! The newest location on Central Avenue proved to be challenging date due to conditions that were unearthed when demolition was completed, and grading began for the new restaurant. The Chick-Fil-A occupies what used to be the site of a Coco’s Bakery Restaurant.

The ground-breaking ceremony was a great event for corporate officials, construction managers, the store operator and others to get together to celebrate the start of another Chick-Fil-A location. Bogart Construction is proud to be part of a great team!

Oct 07, 2019


Target is in the midst of an ambitious remodel program of more than 1,000 stores and Bogart Construction is excited to be partnering with them to help bring the future vision of Target stores to life. The remodel program is part of an effort to update the stores for the “Next Generation.” The remodeled stores will feature amenities such as nursing rooms, parking spots dedicated to pickups for online orders and an overall brighter, more customer friendly store layout.

These open store remodels are scaled to revamp the entire store while being open, so customers do not miss a beat in their day to day shopping at Target. Bogart Construction, Inc. is well versed in managing the needs of both store operations and what it takes to get the stores completed on time.

Oct 07, 2019

Whole Foods – Honolulu

Whole Foods set out to build an ambitious store with its Flagship Honolulu location. Positioned at the base of brand-new luxury high rise condo, the two story 72,000 square foot space houses multiple eateries, two bars and lanais where shoppers can relax for a drink before or after their grocery shopping.

Working while construction of the larger building was still underway proved to be logistically challenging, but Bogart Construction was able to seamlessly integrate with the existing project and successfully brought the project to completion.

The Whole Foods was led by Sr. Project Manager Noel Amand along with superintendents Ken Kilpatrick, Tim Miller and Project Engineer Deborah Kilpatrick. The team worked along side Whole Foods to deliver a beautiful flagship location that will be enjoyed for years to come.

Oct 07, 2019

Bogart Construction Award (DECEMBER 2018)

Bogart Construction has completed another successful year and we are thankful to the entire Bogart team for contributing to the success of the company. We would like to make special mention of those who earned the Bogart Award this year. These team members displayed exemplary performance and set the standard of excellence at the company. These team members are:

1. Noel Amand

2. Kris Branchcomb

3. Amanda Gadde

4. Teresa Garcia

5. Tim Miller

6. Ken Kilpatrick

7. Deborah Kilpatrick

8. Teresa Garcia

Congratulations for your achievements and we look forward to another successful year at Bogart Construction!

Nov 17, 2017

Whole Foods’ first Bay Area small-format store to open by end of year

Whole Foods will land a 365 store — its smaller format concept — in the Bay Area this December, with more to follow.

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Nov 16, 2017

Whole Foods to open lower-priced 365 store in Santa Monica

Whole Foods Market Inc. will open a 365 value-concept store in Santa Monica this summer, its second such location in the region as the company grapples with declining sales in an increasingly crowded industry.

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Nov 16, 2017

Health & Fitness Whole Foods Market 365 Grand Opening This Week

The new grocery store will open Wednesday, August 9 and will be the second Whole Foods Market 365 location in the Los Angeles area.

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Nov 16, 2017

Whole Foods Market 365 Santa Monica Celebrates Grand Opening Aug 9

Whole Foods Market 365 Santa Monica opens Wednesday, August 9 at 9 a.m., in Santa Monica at 2121 Cloverfield Blvd. at Pico. Regular store hours are 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., seven days a week.

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Nov 21, 2016

Philadelphia star chef Marc Vetri rolls out Terrain Cafe in Palo Alto’s Anthropologie

Philadelphia-based chef Marc Vetri made national headlines in 2015 for selling his Vetri family restaurant group to Urban Outfitters, will venture into the West Coast food scene for the first time with Terrain Cafe in Palo Alto. The cafe will open Friday in conjunction with an Anthropologie & Co. store in the Stanford Shopping Center.

Vetri’s Terrain Cafe, which will seat 40 outside and 70 inside, will be open for lunch and dinner. The daytime menu (click here to view) includes white wine-braised monkfish served with California artichokes, saffron potato puree and white wine for $28, and pan-seared California rockfish with watercress, clementines, marinated olives and chives for $26. Cacio e pepe, spaghetti with pecorino and cracked black pepper, will also be available to the lunch crowd for $22.

The dinner menu will have some of the lunch items like the cacio e pepe, as well as additions like a $32 New York strip steak with charred romanesco, salsa verde and shaved parmigiano.

Vetri admits partnering with a company like URBN (the parent company of Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie) is a unique situation, but in the growing relationship there are interesting business models and possibilities.

“It’s so hard to say definitively where all of this is going, but I can say it’s an exciting time for us,” he said. “We like the relationship between retail and the restaurant, where they shop, eat and shop some more. There’s just something unique about it.”

He said years ago as a small restaurateur, it would have been hard to move across the country to set up a business similar to what he had on the East Coast. Now that he has the ability to establish something in California, he said he plans to see it through and leave open the possibilities for future projects.

“In this, you’re always evolving,” he said. “If you stay the same, then you’re not going to have success.”

Terrain Cafe: 180 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Oct 21, 2016

First Look: Anthropologie debuts new format, Anthropologie & Co.

Anthropologie’ s experiential retailing concept takes center stage under its new store banner, Anthropologie & Co., with the first-ever location now open in Walnut Creek, Calif.

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Aug 29, 2016

Urban Outfitters’ Richard Hayne Calls the Return of Fashion

CEO Richard Hayne said there's more excitement around fashion for fall than there has been in years.

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Jul 13, 2016

Historic theaters gain new life as retail stores

Downtown’s L.A.’s Broadway Theater District, home to one of the largest concentrations of historic movie palaces in the nation, is gaining a new lease on life that doesn’t involve showing films.

Some of the dozen remaining theaters are turning to other uses: There’s a hotel, the occasional church and retail. The theaters may be unusual because of their opulence and because there are so many of them in such a small area, but they reflect a growing need by landlords to find alternative uses for the cavernous spaces as movie audiences gravitate away from single-screen theaters toward multiplexes and streaming video services.

The Rialto Theatre, built in 1917, remained dilapidated for several years before Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters leased the 10,000-square-foot building and restored the original marquee in 2013.

Urban Outfitters spent several years contemplating a store in downtown Los Angeles. At the time, everything was happening around 5th and Spring streets, but the company was interested in the theater district, said John Hauser, Urban Outfitters chief officer of brand experience.

“We toured 12 of the theaters on the street,” Hauser said. “Most are stunning, but not really conducive to retail.”

Opening Urban Outfitters in the Rialto Theatre became much more viable, Hauser said, once the boutique Ace Hotel opened in 2014 in the upper revamped floors of Broadway’s United Artists building.

“We were fortunate the city was so eager and interested in getting Broadway to be revitalized,” Hauser said, referring to the city’s “Bringing Back Broadway” initiative. “We knew we wanted to get in on the ground floor. We wanted to be in the right area and the right neighborhood.”

COS, a higher-end brand of H&M, plans to open its third Los Angeles-based location in the historic Olympic Theatre next year.

Construction will begin soon on the store, with more than 5,500 square feet utilized as retail space, including the ground floor and mezzanine level. COS will restore the original facade and Olympic sign to honor the building’s prominent history as a theater, said Marie Honda, COS managing director.

“We actually have quite a few stores in locations of historical prominence around the world and it is true that such venues often do stand out to us for a number of reasons,” Honda said in an email. “Sometimes, it’s because of their charm or striking architecture and other times, it’s for more practical reasons.”

A variety of businesses expressed interest in leasing the Olympic Theatre, including galleries, furniture stores, club operators and smaller clothing stores, said Brigham Yen, Downtown LA Rising blogger and broker for the property.

“Right now, the momentum is building due to the Ace Hotel and what’s been happening around 9th and Broadway,” Yen said. “Retailers are scouting. They know they want to be downtown, but unsure where they should be.”

Retailers are attracted to these unique spaces because it sets them apart from run-of-the-mill stores, Yen said.

“A lot of people that tour the spaces really do appreciate the historic value of these buildings,” he said. “They have the best intentions to make the building shine.”

Because the theaters aren’t equal in size and condition, it poses a challenge to bring them back as movie houses, Yen said. (None of the downtown Broadway theaters shows films on a regular basis, although some host special screening series and live performances.)

“There’s so much money required to restore these buildings. It costs millions. We need big chains that are still cool and relevant. We need deep pockets to come put in the money,” he said. “I’m really so grateful that these retailers are saving these buildings. When they put money in them, it gives them a purpose again that people can interact with.”

Single-screen theaters are being turned into drugstores, gyms and fitness centers by national chains looking for real estate, said Ross Melnick, associate professor of film and media studies at UC Santa Barbara.

“There are a lot of examples in New York and Los Angeles,” he said. “That is what’s happening now with downtown.”

The Rialto and Olympic theaters join a growing number of former movie houses used for retail purposes.The CVS pharmacy chain converted the Golden Gate Theater in East Los Angeles in 2012. Apple is in talks to lease the historic Tower Theatre downtown for a retail store, people familiar with the negotiations said.

Melnick said given the unique density of downtown’s historic theaters, it would be preferable for them to remain as movie houses. But the viability of that is up to the property owners and their ability to convert the spaces for film and live programming.

“One good thing about [retail] restoration is if they make it so that the space could be converted back,” he said. “Most careful restorations usually do that.”

However, the desires of property owners may not sync up with preservationists, and the difference between converting a bank compared with a theater is the attachment that people have to the buildings.

“For a lot of people, these spaces have a lot of different memories,” he said. “They have a certain kind of emotional stake in them. That’s why they can be contested when they are changed. That also accounts for some of the emotions that can run a little higher around these projects.”

Retail is essential to build a world-class shopping district downtown with regional and national draw, Yen said.

“It’s all interconnected synergy that will happen once Broadway has variety of businesses that attract a wide group of people,” he said. “It’s important to get some of these theaters that may not have the potential to be entertainment venues to be activated.”

Rents are edging upward and lack of retail construction in downtown Los Angeles will boost demand for existing properties, according to a recent report by commercial real estate brokerage Marcus & Millichap.

The average retail rent in Los Angeles County rose 5.6% over last year to $2.35 per square foot and is expected to rise an additional 3.2%. In downtown Los Angeles, the asking rent is $2.55 per square foot – up 9.6% over last year, with a projected increase of 5.2% in the year ahead, according to the report.

Although it’s unlikely in the near future that all 12 Broadway theaters will be active, it would be ideal to have a mix of retail and movie houses, as long as the buildings are respected and brought to life, said Linda Dishman, president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Conservancy.

Jul 24, 2015

First Look: Ulta opens first S.F. store

Beauty retailer Ulta opened the doors of its 10,000 square foot San Francisco store Friday, July 24 to a line of close to 100 people, all waiting anxiously to receive exclusive discounts and get first pick of Ulta’s cosmetics, fragrances and hair products.

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