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Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 02/22/2008 11:49 AM Updated by: Kim_Hamilton on 02/22/2008 11:10 PM
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Copperopolis Town Square Comes Alive in the Copper Valley....Boutique Shops and Restaurants Highlight First Business Openings in March~By Shane Sharp

Copperopolis, CA....Castle & Cooke, purveyor of high-end resort, residential communities and commercial centers, has leased retail, restaurant and office space to 20 businesses in Copperopolis Town Square, the mixed-use, neo-traditional “country town” located in the heart of the emerging Copper Valley, two hours east of the Bay area in Calaveras County.....

Two businesses, Copper Valley Realty and Placer Title, have already opened in Copperopolis Town Square, with the others to follow beginning in March. Retail offerings will include apparel, home furnishings, jewelry, food and beverage, and gifts, while services such as architecture, engineering, land planning and management will also be represented.

To date, space has been leased by the following businesses:

Copper Proper (home accessories); Twigs (flowers and gifts); Rising Loafer (restaurant and bakery); Coho’s (coffee house and wine bar); Eve (apparel and accessories for women); Firefall Jewelers (fine jewelry); Your D’Cor (home accessories, furniture and services); Fancy Pans (kitchen and patio accessories); Copper Motorcycle Company (apparel and accessories); Cruisers (ice cream and gourmet hot dogs); Renner Winery (wine sales, tastings and gifts); Skin to Soul (books and fine gifts); R&R Western Company (Western wear and accessories); Eve (apparel and accessories for juniors); Mid-Valley Engineering (civil engineering and land planning); M&C Association Management (management services); Placer Title (title and escrow); Ortega & Associates (architecture and land planning); Copper Valley Realty (real estate sales) and Castle & Cook Calaveras.

“These tenants offer a one-of-a-kind shopping and dining experience, along with first-class services, perfectly matching our vision for Copperopolis Town Square,” says Dave Haley, Vice President of Castle & Cooke. “These businesses, and those that follow, will appeal to local residents and visitors as Copperopolis Town Square emerges as a unique hometown and destination. We anticipate adding more outstanding vendors throughout 2008.”

Once completed, the 21 buildings in Copperopolis Town Square will house 95 businesses, a medical center and 40 residential lofts. The Town Lofts – located directly on the town square -- were recently made available to prospective buyers. Castle & Cooke anticipates the town will rapidly emerge as a regional destination for tourists and motorists using California Highway 4 to travel between the Sierra Nevada and the Bay area. Just as importantly, Copperopolis Town Square will attract motorists from other foothill towns while providing Copperopolis with its own town center.

Castle & Cooke’s master plan includes additional specialty shops, restaurants, a boutique Inn, gas station and a variety of residential products. Street-focused storefronts ensure that each tenant receives the maximum amount of exposure from both pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Benches, native trees and building roof extensions provide comfortable “lingering” environments for shoppers and visitors, while wide sidewalks and on-street parking provide easy access to stores by patrons.

Since its ceremonial groundbreaking in front of more than 1,000 people, Copperopolis Town Square has literally risen from the ground up to take shape as the residential and retail and dining center of the region. Several buildings, all cast in the patterns, forms and textures of the “Gold Rush” era of the mid and late 1800s, are nearing completion. A signature marquee sign that identifies Copperopolis has been placed on California Highway 4. From the road, the stepped rooflines of the town’s buildings paint a quaint and welcoming picture.

About Copperopolis Town Square: A New Town with an Historic “Back Story”

Copperopolis Town Square is a brand new town; a fresh approach to retail and residential development that integrates historical awareness, environmental sensitivity and architectural appreciation into a country town setting. At its core is a neo-traditional urban design philosophy that emphasizes pedestrian-oriented retail and pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, which create a socially interactive user experience. The architecture is reminiscent of the mid and late 1800s, capturing the essence of the Sierra foothills gold country and creating a sense of place that is missing from so many retail centers in the U.S.

At build out (currently projected for 2009), the Copperopolis Town Square architectural program calls for 21 buildings with a total of 233,000 square feet combined in one-, two- and three-story buildings. It will feature a wide selection of boutique retail shops and unique businesses not found in other Northern California towns or commercial centers. An eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind stores, fine-dining and convenience restaurants and art galleries will attract visitors from throughout the state. A specialty grocery, a charming boutique inn and a regional medical center will serve those on extended stays as well as the town’s new residents.

Second floor offices and “for sale” residential lofts will be available for lease and purchase. On- and off-street parking, wide sidewalks with building roof extensions covering most of the store front and landscape planting and rest areas will give the feeling of a true 19th century downtown. And the Sawmill Lake neighborhood, to be developed along Sawmill Lake by the town’s scenic western edge, will feature numerous residential options within walking distance of the town.

Unique to Copperopolis Town Square and paying homage to its historical roots, each building has a “back story” that creates a sense of the town having evolved over a long period of time. An“old firehouse” will become the community bank. The remnant of the “old town hall” will be converted for retail and residential uses. And the “old mercantile” will eventually be the home of a new specialty grocery store. The “old courthouse” will morph into a charming boutique Inn, and an “original school house” will provide the town with medical services. Once completed, Copperopolis Town Square will have emerged as a historically sensitive and unpretentious town center where residents and visitors alike can come to work, live, and play.

For more information about Copperopolis Town Square, including leasing and real estate opportunities, visit, email or call 866.276.4235

Located off California Highway 4 just four miles from the 900-acre, Castle & Cooke-owned Saddle Creek Resort, Copperopolis Town Square is conveniently positioned between the Bay Area to the west and the abundant outdoor and adventure opportunities of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range to the east. It is approximately two hours from San Francisco, 1.5 hours from Sacramento and 45 minutes from Modesto and Stockton. The historic towns of the “Mother Lode” – Angels Camp, Sonora and Murphys are just minutes away.

About Castle & Cooke Calaveras, Inc.

Castle & Cooke Calaveras, Inc. is a subsidiary of Castle & Cooke which was founded in 1851. Castle & Cooke along with its sister company Dole Foods is a privately held company owned by Mr. David Murdock. The combined companies make up one of the largest privately held companies in America, with approximately 63,000 employees operating in more than 90 countries around the world. The company’s diversified businesses include the development and ownership of real estate, leasing of transportation equipment, food products, manufacture of building materials and research on healthy living. The company’s highly-acclaimed real estate developments include master planned communities such as Mililani Town on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, Lake Sherwood in Thousand Oaks, California, and Keene’s Point near Orlando, Florida. The company also owns 98% of the island of Lana’i, including two of the world’s highest-rated resorts.

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