Jeffrey Essakow, CEO of Protea Properties LLC in La Jolla, stands in front of the Whole Foods market at the newly renovated Flower Hill Promenade in Del Mar. Protea owns the 35-year-old shopping center and invested $30 million in a makeover that includes 430 parking spaces tucked into an adjacent hillside and 70,000 square feet of new retail for a total of 173,000 square feet.

Jeffrey Essakow, CEO of Protea Properties LLC in La Jolla, stands in front of the Whole Foods market at the newly renovated Flower Hill Promenade in Del Mar. Protea owns the 35-year-old shopping center and invested $30 million in a makeover that includes 430 parking spaces tucked into an adjacent hillside and 70,000 square feet of new retail for a total of 173,000 square feet.

Jeffrey Essakow likens the recent local wave of big-money retail center renovations to the shakeup that occurred when Tiger Woods began dominating the pro golf circuit a decade ago...

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