J.C. Penney to expand in Victorville

The J.C. Penney department store at the Mall of Victor Valley is expanding, mall managers announced.

The J.C. Penney store will occupy roughly 100,000 square feet at the completion of its expansion. Completion is expected late this year.

J.C. Penney is one of three anchor tenants at the Victorville mall. Cinemark Theatre and Sears are the other two anchors, and a Macy’s store is scheduled to open in 2013.

Victorville brokerage announces “dream team” hires

The Bradco Cos., a Victorville-based real estate brokerage, has hired two new executives with experience in the High Desert’s commercial real estate market.

The new hires are Nick DiCosola and Ron Barbieri, both of whom were founding members of Lee & Associates’ Inland Empire North office. DiCosola and Barbieri will hold the titles of principal and executive vice president at Brado Cos.

Barbieri will also co-edit the Bradco High Desert Report with Brado Cos. president Joseph Brady.

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Ron Barbieri                                                                                  Nick DiCosola

Furniture manufacturer coming to Victorville, plans to hire 400 people over four years

[United Furniture Industries, which produces furniture for the Simmons brand, is poised to take over a manufacturing and distribution facility near Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville.

The Mississippi-based furniture company announced plans to quickly hire 100 people and to ramp up its payroll to some 400 employees over the course of 36 to 48 months. The company announced plans to hold a job fair in October.

“UFI will begin the process of local staff development in mid October. We plan to complete a soft opening of manufacturing and distribution operations in November. We expect our employment to exceed 100 people early in the first quarter of 2012,” United Furniture Industries spokesman Bob Cottam said in a statement.

The furniture company is set to lease a 505,192-square-foot facility from Stirling Capital Investments, which is the master developer for the Southern California Logistics Complex near the airport.

Joseph Brady of Bradco Cos. represented United Furniture Industries in the lease transaction. Jay Dick and Mark Latimer of CB Richard Ellis represented Stirling.

Red Lobster remodeling inland restaurants

Red Lobster’s restaurant in Victorville has been remodeled, the seafood chain announced.

The New England-inspired redesign includes an exterior stone tower, ship lanterns and Adrirondack chair. New interior decorations include new booths, softer lighting and nautical adornments.

Red Lobster also recently completed a similar remodel of its restaurant at the Ontario Mills Mall.