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California natives Shawki Mahfouz, Peter Paul and Mira and George Ibrahim to open California’s first SoBol



SoBol set to open on February 5th, first 50 customers will get a free acai bowl, 100th customer will get a $100 SoBol gift card.

Franchise owners and California natives, Shawki Mahfouz, Peter Paul and Mira and George Ibrahim will open California’s first SoBol location on February 5th, at 3:30pm PST at the Crossroads Entertainment Center, located at 3090 Chino Ave. Ste. B, in Chino Hills.

SoBol, a cafe that specializes in acai bowls, green bowls, fruit smoothies and more, will celebrate its grand opening by offering the first 50 customers with a free acai bowl and a $100 SoBol gift card to the 100th customer.

Cousins Shawki Mahfouz and Peter Paul have partnered with brother and sister duo and Chino Hills natives , Mira and George Ibrahim to bring the health-forward concept to the Chino Hills market.

George and Mira have always been dedicated to leading a balanced and healthy lifestyle, and within the last two years began incorporating fresh smoothies into their daily routine. After discovering the fresh ingredients, delicious taste and nutritional value of the SoBol concept, they decided to share their passion for the brand with the local community.

Mahfouz, who grew up helping in his parents market, Levant International Food Company, attended and graduated from Cal Poly Pomona and has since operated a total of four gas stations for his family before transitioning to franchising with SoBol.

“More and more people nowadays are always looking for a healthy and satisfying alternative,” said Mahfouz. “We’re looking forward to celebrating the grand opening with the community, and know that SoBol will have so much to offer to residents in the area.”

“When I tasted SoBol for the first time, I was convinced that the brand could aid in my quest towards a healthier, yet more appetizing lifestyle,” said Paul, a health professional.

SoBol’s main offerings include smoothies and smoothie bowls, and the brand prides itself on using fresh ingredients that are delivered seven days a week from local farms. Their smoothies are blended fresh daily, without using ice, powders or syrups, and are allergy-friendly. SoBol’s products are created with fresh fruit and topped with a variety of all-natural nut butters, heart-healthy seeds and fruit, as well as SoBol’s exclusive homemade granola, made with all-natural ingredients including cashews and almonds.

Inspired by his family’s successful ice house, Jason Mazzarone created the Acai Café in 2012. Since then, SoBol has grown steadily. Jason took his culinary arts degree and background as a chef and teamed up with Jim Kalomiris who has more than 20 years experience in restaurant management, real estate and construction and developed SoBol into the franchised brand it is today. These co-founders found a niche in the quick casual market and are now poised to grow quickly through franchise development. While Acai bowls were first in demand by yoga enthusiasts and Southern California surfers for an energy boosting meal, our customers span all ages, demographics and lifestyles. Since 2014, when SoBol first opened their doors, Acai has grown in popularity as a heart-healthy, Vitamin C boosting antioxidant rich food creating a business opportunity for today and the future.

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Stater Bros. Charities and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling Give Back to Military Families



Stater Bros. Charities, the philanthropic arm of Stater Bros. Markets, partnered with Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling again this year for their Give Back program during National Military Appreciation Month. The program ran for the entire month of May, during which Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling committed to donating $0.25 per eligible product purchased to the Bob Hope USO. Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling donated $15,000, and Stater Bros. Charities matched their donation for a total contribution of $30,000.

A check presentation occurred during a K-EARTH 101 radiothon benefiting the Bob Hope USO. The radiothon took place at the Bob Hope USO at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) on June 29, 2023, where Stater Bros. Charities and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling presented Bob Hope USO with a $30,000 check.

Bob Hope USO’s mission is to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. The Give Back program is a unique opportunity to show gratitude and support to the brave men and women who risk their lives for our freedoms and to care for their families while they are away from home on deployment.

“Stater Bros. Markets has a long history of supporting veterans, service members, and their families,” said Danielle Oehlman, Director, Stater Bros. Charities. “We are so pleased to partner with our friends at Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling and the USO to give back to those who have given so much for us.”

Lorin Stewart, President, USO West Region, said, “We are deeply grateful to Stater Bros. Charities and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling for being sustaining partners of the USO. The Give Back program embodies the essence of the USO mission by enabling the community at large to come together to support and give thanks to our armed forces and their brave military families in an impactful way.”

Funds will support the Bob Hope USO and USO San Diego Center operations, including programs and services that strengthen the social, mental, physical, and emotional well-being of local military service members, their families, and their communities.

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BDK Logistics Intelligence Fully Leases 114,190 SF Industrial Facility in Corona, CA



Cushman & Wakefield represents landlord in lease in SoCal’s Inland Empire

Cushman & Wakefield announced that BDK Logistics Intelligence, Inc. has signed a lease for an entire 114,190-square-foot industrial facility at 1161 Olympic Drive in Corona, California. Situated in Southern California’s renowned Inland Empire, the building is owned by Monterey Rancho Mirage, LLC, which was represented by Brett Lockwood and Rick Ellison of Cushman & Wakefield in the transaction.

“We are pleased to welcome BDK to the property as a quality industrial tenant that is expanding its presence in the market, which it also currently occupies multiple warehouse facilities,” said Director Brett Lockwood. “Our client was instrumental in helping this deal transact as there were many variables that needed to be navigated which led to this lease coming together quickly and successfully.”

1161 Olympic Drive is a quality freestanding building situated on ±4.8 acres and features 20 dock high loading doors. The property is conveniently located off Interstate 15 near the confluence of SR 91 and is proximate to the extensive freeway network traversing the entire Greater Los Angeles region and into other major markets in and out of state.

According to Cushman & Wakefield’s latest Q2-2023 quarterly report, the Inland Empire industrial market posted an overall vacancy of 3.4% and has recorded more than 2.7 million square feet of positive net absorption through the first half of 2023.

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Hernandez resigns as County CEO; Snoke will continue filling in pending Board action



Leonard X. Hernandez resigned from the post of County Chief Executive Officer effective today. County Chief Operating Officer Luther Snoke has been filling in for Hernandez while Hernandez has been on leave and will continue to do so. The Board of Supervisors will act to appoint an interim or permanent CEO shortly.

“The Board of Supervisors appreciates the service Leonard provided to the public and the County organization, especially as we navigated our way through the pandemic and other very difficult challenges,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Dawn Rowe.

Hernandez provided the following statement:

“It has been an extreme privilege to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of San Bernardino County. I am thankful to the Board of Supervisors for their leadership and the hard-working men and women who do amazing work every day. Due to an urgent family health issue that requires my immediate and undivided attention, I have informed the Board of my resignation. Under the strong leadership of the Board of Supervisors and the County’s executive team, the County will continue doing great things for the residents of San Bernardino County.”

“The Board of Supervisors is committed to a seamless transition in staff leadership with no interruption in County services or impact on County residents or employees,” Rowe said. “Luther has performed well filling in for Leonard and I am confident in his ability to continue serving in this role until the Board takes action.”

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