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Modway, Inc. Announces Expansion to Hesperia in San Bernardino County

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BUSINESS EXPANSION ALERT

Modway Inc., a major distributor of living, dining, bedroom, outdoor, lighting and office furniture, plans to establish new distribution operations at Interstate 15 and U.S. Route 395 in Hesperia. Modway will sustain 200 jobs in this new location, which will become operational by fall 2021.

“Our region’s strong transportation infrastructure and skilled workforce continue to support business growth. It’s a great sign for our region to see companies such as Modway thrive and leverage our strong regional market fundamentals, especially in the High Desert, to reach their customers across the U.S.,” said Curt Hagman, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. 

The new 1 million-square-foot build-to-suit industrial building is located on a 60-acre parcel that is part of the 200-acre Hesperia Commerce Center One project. Hesperia Commerce Center One will be comprised of three class-A logistics buildings, each of which will provide at least 1 million square feet of space.

“On behalf of the residents of the First District, I want to welcome Modway, Inc. and their team to the High Desert,” said First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood. “With its freeway, rail and aviation links and affordable land, the High Desert is a great location for logistics firms. We thank Modway, Inc. for investing in our community.”

CBRE sold the 60-acre Hesperia land parcel to Philadelphia-based real estate investment firm ExeterWalt ArringtonDarla LongoBarbara Perrier and Jeff Fritch of CBRE represented the seller, Covington Group, a Dallas-based real estate development firm and its partner M.F. DiScala & Company. Andrew Lara and Gus Andros of Daum Commercial represented Modway in the lease transaction with Exeter.

“We are excited to expand to Hesperia and play a role in helping to create local jobs,” said Modway COO Moshe Melamed. “We look forward to developing a strong partnership with the City of Hesperia and County of San Bernardino,” added Modway CEO Tuvya Greisman.

“This project is a major sign of growth for the City of Hesperia and San Bernardino County,” said Arrington. “Given the strong demand for large industrial land sites throughout the Inland Empire, the Hesperia Commerce Center with its unique location provides a complete logistics solution which includes excellent highway access, an abundant labor pool, affordable housing, and much lower occupancy costs than surrounding markets.”

Modway operates two U.S. distribution sites, one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast, which is located in 310,000-square-feet of space in Fontana. The relocation and expansion to Hesperia triples Modway’s West Coast distribution operations helping them to further scale their business.

“The business park environment is advantageous to Modway because it is entitled, planned and built for industrial distribution,” Lara said. “This move creates greater operating efficiencies for Modway to service the furniture industry. The location also gains from its freeway access to the Port of LA.”

Andros further noted that they have seen a significant increase in industrial transactions ranging in size from 100,000 to 1 million square feet of space in the Inland Empire this year as compared to 2019.

“COVID has not hurt the industrial market and in fact has driven greater demand for well-located warehouse and distribution facilities as the preference for online shopping continues to increase across the nation,” added Andros.

“Business expansion and job creation are priorities for our economic development team. We look forward to working with everyone involved to both welcome Modway as well as help to fulfill the development of Hesperia Commerce Center One as it represents the opportunity to bring more industry and jobs to the High Desert,” said San Bernardino County Interim Economic Development Director Soua Vang.

“We are excited to welcome Modway to our City. This is a great community for corporate expansion and this new development is a market changer for us and the High Desert. Moreover, we have the housing and cost of living that can continue to support employee growth and attraction,” said City of Hesperia Economic Development Manager Rod Yahnke.

Modway supplies the furniture and design trade with over 7,000 SKUs stored in from its strategically located east and west coast warehouses. Modway provides extensive in-stock color, size, and style options with no order minimums, full drop-shipping capabilities, real-time inventory counts, and an easy online ordering process.

The Inland Empire Business Journal (IEBJ) is the official business news publication of Southern California’s Inland Empire region - covering San Bernardino & Riverside Counties.

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Asurion Tech Repair & Solutions™ Opens in Redlands 

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Asurion® Repair Experts Provide Fast Fixes on Phones, Tablets, Laptops, and More

A new electronics repair shop, Asurion Tech Repair & Solutions™, has opened in Redlands at 9980 Alabama St. The store offers professional fixes for most consumer electronics, from smartphones, tablets, and computers to game consoles, smart speakers, drones, and more.

While common repairs include cracked screens, battery issues, and water damage, the company’s repair experts have fixed millions of devices and can help with most any tech mishap, and many basic repairs can be completed in 45 minutes or less.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to introduce Asurion Tech Repair & Solutions to Redlands as we continue to serve this region,” said Damon Madison, Asurion Tech Repair & Solutions District Manager. “Our team prioritizes customer satisfaction above all else. By offering free diagnostics on all device issues, matching competitors’ prices, and guaranteeing fast-turnarounds on device repairs, we’re dedicated to making our customers’ experience affordable and convenient.”

The store’s expert repair technicians fix all kinds of technology, regardless of make or model, and the store is an authorized repair provider for Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel smartphones. Customers can book a repair appointment online or stop by the store for walk-in service. The store offers free, no-obligation diagnostics on all gadgets, as well as a 1-year limited warranty on all repairs. It even offers a price match guarantee on any local competitor’s regularly published price for the same repair.

The new Asurion Tech Repair & Solutions store brings the company’s retail footprint to more than 750 locations across the U.S. Formerly known as uBreakiFix®, all U.S. locations will rebrand as Asurion Tech Repair & Solutions throughout 2022.

“We are excited to serve people in Redlands with fast and affordable tech repair,” said Dave Barbuto, CEO of Asurion Tech Repair & Solutions. “We all rely on our phones and laptops more than ever before, and our mission is bigger than repairing shattered screens and broken charge ports. We fix tech because people depend on it to stay connected to things that are important to them. I look forward to serving this community through our new location.”

The new store is located at:

Asurion Tech Repair & Solutions

9980 Alabama St Suite C, Redlands, CA 92374

(909) 801-3008

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New Partnership Announced; Stater Bros. Markets joins Entertainment Giant

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Toyota Arena has announced a new partnership with Stater Bros. Markets effective July 1, 2022.

Guests of the arena will soon be able to experience the new branding of the North Patio, which will include live concerts featuring local bands and up-and-coming professional talent. “We are thrilled to welcome Stater Bros. Markets as a partner to Toyota Arena,” said Michael K. Krouse, President & CEO. “It’s a natural fit – this is our community’s grocery store of choice and the amazing Stater Bros. Charities provides non-profit organizations in our local region with support. We are on board to help as well.”

The marketing amenities this partnership will provide Stater Bros. will include a presence on several assets including the arena’s Interstate 10 marquee, overhead LED scoreboard, television monitors throughout the facility, website, and more. The relationship created through this agreement will also provide benefits for Toyota Arena guests, including new Stater Bros.-inspired food and beverage options.

The benefits to the community will go beyond lifestyle and entertainment, however. Stater Bros. and Toyota Arena recognize the important role they play in the overall development of the City of Ontario. The city’s vigorous commercial and residential growth, and its status as a destination location will result in economic growth, jobs, and a thriving community. The partnership will also open up new opportunities to support the giving efforts of the market’s non-profit charitable arm, Stater Bros. Charities.

“This really is an exciting day for the entire Stater Bros. team. As a company, we work hard to establish great business relationships, and with Toyota Arena, we’ve found an excellent partner,” said Stater Bros. CEO Pete Van Helden. “I look forward to the new opportunities our partnership will bring and its benefits for the City of Ontario and the Inland Empire as a whole.”

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IECE Presents its Inaugural State of Entrepreneur Report on Dec. 9

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The first-ever State of Entrepreneurship Address for the Inland Empire is being held by the Cal State San Bernardino Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 5-8 p.m. at 4th Sector Innovations in Ontario. 

IECE’s goal in producing the State of Entrepreneurship research study is to bring the voice of local entrepreneurs to those who need to hear it most – local and state policymakers, community organizations, lenders, and other resource providers. 

The Voice of the Entrepreneur survey, on which the address is based, sends powerful feedback on the challenges that entrepreneurs and business owners of the Inland Southern California region face. 

Survey results were drawn out earlier this year by reaching out to IECE’s extensive network, consisting of more than 10,000 entrepreneurs and business owners representing a diverse group of industries. The IECE will continue to distribute the Voice of the Entrepreneur survey in the spring of each calendar year to find out what Inland Empire entrepreneurs and business owners are going through. 

The report is a potent tool for policymakers, economic impact drivers, and business owners and entrepreneurs to analyze growth potential within the region. Using measurable data, the goal is to identify the challenges and opportunities facing local business owners and obstacles that may be impeding business growth. 

The result is a concise report that gives insight into how we can effectively learn and evolve together with a regional focus. 

The evening will start and end with networking and food; in between, the SOER report will be presented, which includes examining the indicators of entrepreneurial activity and how the IE measures up as a region; learning of the Voice of the Entrepreneur direct survey results and the common themes, as well as an IE Ecosystem assessment; and regional perspectives from influencers that include: 

  • Rod Vandenbos, founder and CEO, buzzbox beverages, Indio; 
  • Mike Napoli, Tech Coast Angels, Palm Springs; 
  • Edward Ornelas, Jr. President, Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Ana Karina Suchánek, president, Cask Restaurant Group, Inc., Rancho Cucamonga; and 
  • Pepi Jackson, president and CEO, Riverside Black Chamber of Commerce 

Click the following link – Secure Your Spot for the 2021 State of Entrepreneurship Address – to attend, network and learn more about entrepreneurship in the region. Whether you are a seasoned or soon-to-be entrepreneur, there is a perspective for everyone who wants to know more about how to strengthen the Inland Empire economy.

The presentation will unveil breakthrough metrics and perspectives on the State of Entrepreneurship throughout the Inland Empire, including: 

  • Why a report like this is essential for the collective growth of our region; 
  • What the report consists of: indicators for entrepreneurship and what real entrepreneurs in our communities are telling us through our Voice of the Entrepreneur survey results; and
  • Regional perspectives from influencers and officials that are active in our ecosystem. 

The event will also include food and cocktails while networking within an inspirational setting at 4th Sector Innovations Ontario. 

To learn more, visit the IECE State of Entrepreneurship Report website

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