LOS ANGELES—Regency Centers Corp. broke ground on a grocery-anchored shopping center in South Central Los Angeles during a ceremony at Juanita Tate Marketplace. The $21 million project is being developed in partnership with Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles (CCSCLA) and in conjunction with the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA), bringing an infill neighborhood retail center to an underserved area of Los Angeles.

Speakers, including Jan Perry, Los Angeles councilwoman; former Governor Gray Davis; Jenny Scanlin, senior operations officer with CRA/LA; Miguel Gonzalez, co-president and COO of Northgate Gonzalez Market; Noreen McClendon, executive director of CCSCLA; Mac Chandler, managing director with Regency Centers; and John T. Mehigan, vice president of investments with Regency Centers, lauded the project because of the many attributes it brings to South Central Los Angeles.

Juanita Tate Marketplace, a 77,096-sq.-ft. square-foot shopping center, is named in honor and remembrance of community developer Juanita Tate, who worked with CCSCLA to improve the quality of life in South Central Los Angeles.

The center’s anchors include leading Southern California grocer Northgate Gonzalez Market (42,500 sq. ft.) and a 14,576-sq.-ft. CVS/pharmacy, making it the only center in the immediate trade area to have both a grocery and a drug store. Only two grocery-anchored centers have been developed within the trade area in the past 15 years, with the nearest being 2.5 miles away. The remaining 20,020 sq. ft. of the center will consist of small shops, quick-service restaurants and a 1,050-sq.-ft. educational community center operated by CCSCLA. The center is slated to open in first quarter 2014.

“We appreciate the support of the City of Los Angeles and CCSCLA for helping us bring this project to life,” Regency Centers Managing Director Mac Chandler said in a statement. “We know this project has been a long time coming and we strongly believe the community will benefit from Juanita Tate Marketplace, both in the addition of retailers and services offered as well as in the creation of new jobs in the area, all of which Juanita Tate worked hard to bring to this community.”

For Northgate, this new store marks the 38th location in Southern California and the second ground-up build in the past two years. The Juanita Tate Marketplace store will feature an in-store tortilleria and bakery, a full- and self-service meat department, a large Rancho Gonzalez produce offering and Northgate’s famous prepared foods made in their Mexican-style kitchen. Northgate will also offer a full assortment of groceries, both Hispanic and national brands, as well as a selection of healthy food alternatives.