Construction of the second phase of The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch shopping center includes space for medical offices. Photo courtesy of CBRE

Construction of the second phase of The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch shopping center includes space for medical offices. Photo courtesy of CBRE

An expanding Carmel Valley shopping center has added two tenants to its new section as construction is just getting underway.

UC San Diego Health and Chase Bank have signed leases at Phase II of The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch.

The addition of a non-retail tenant to the shopping center is part of a growing trend as retail centers try to broaden their appeal.

“It’s all about forward-thinking mixed-use today,” said Reg Kobzi, a senior vice president of CBRE in San Diego. “Centers such as the Village embody that. They feature retail, lively eateries, amenities as well as office/medical space and provide experiences, convenience and accessibility for everybody.”

CBRE is handling the leasing of The Village at Pacific Highlands and was part of the trend, moving its main San Diego offices in 2017 to take 33,000 square feet of space at the expanded and renovated Westfield UTC mall.

The commercial real estate firm also has offices in Diamond View tower near Petco Park.

UC San Diego Health’s lease is indicative of a push by health care providers to move beyond traditional spaces.

“Medical’s becoming a big component of mixed use development,” Kobzi said. “They’re not waiting for the customer to come to them. They are locating out all over the landscape to be close to their customers and to be convenient.”

UC San Diego is leasing 7,617 square feet on the first floor of a new two-story building in the expanding Village at Pacific Highlands and all 8,731 square feet of the second floor.

The first floor of the building also features three for-lease retail spaces ranging from 1,729 square feet to 2,860 square feet.

In all, the expansion will add about 27,000 square feet of retail space to the existing 160,000 square-foot center that is fully leased with by a variety of tenants including Rite Aid, Trader Joe’s, Westroot Tavern, Moment Bicycles, Breakfast Republic and Crunch Fitness.

Retailers and shopping center owners like the addition of non-retail tenants because it gives them built-in base of customers.