Ann Gardner | Via Latina
Changes are coming to the Del Mar Heights Shopping Center even though the new owner Donahue Schriber, the same retail property company that recently finished renovations at Del Mar Highlands east of I-5, has not yet begun its renovation on this side of the freeway.
According to the company, O’Brien’s Boulangerie’s wholesale business has expanded beyond the walls of the current location and will be leaving the center at the end of December to relocate in Escondido. Boulangerie owner Edgar Escobar said he was sad to leave his customers here but excited about his new, expanded business. Le Bambou, a Vietnamese restaurant in business at this location for 26 years, may be leaving next spring although the date is not yet certain. The restaurant owner, Andy Do, is still talking with Donahue Schriber and hopes to extend his lease for another five years.
Elizabeth Schreiber, Vice President, and Russ Monroe, Property Manager, said no other stores are expected to leave and that they will be presenting their architectural plans to the Torrey Pines Community Planning Board in January. They emphasized that they are not expanding the size of the shopping center and continue to be committed to a neighborhood ambience with additional pedestrian access and local businesses that are geared to the needs of nearby residents. Their immediate goal is to “freshen the appearance while maintaining the neighborhood charm” and perhaps to increase the eateries geared toward families.