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California’s SunLife Organics coming to Prima at Paseo South Gulch

Nashville Post
October 5, 2023
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A California health foods concept will open by mid-2024 as the first retail tenant for mixed-use tower Prima at Paseo South Gulch.

According to a release, Malibu-based SunLife Organics has signed a lease for 1,330 square feet on the ground floor of Prima. Terms of the deal with Prima owner SomeraRoad and the cost to get operational are not being disclosed.

Located on a site in which The Gulch and Pie Town overlap, Paseo South Gulch offers a main address of 620 Eighth Ave. S.

The future SunLife will join a sister business to be located in 12South at Turnbridge Equities’ under-construction Ashwood 12 South. An opening for that SunLife has not been announced.

SunLife Organics operates eight restaurants in the Los Angeles area, two shops in the general Austin area, and one location each in Chicago, Las Vegas and Miami. All shops are company owned.

Founded in 2011 by Khalil Rafati and Hayley Gorcey, SunLife offers smoothies, coffee, energy bowls, granola, matcha tea and hydration powders.

“SunLife is sure to attract visitors from across Nashville, but most importantly serve as a convenient, all-day destination for residents of Prima and tenants throughout the neighborhood,” Jonathon Reeser, partner and head of the Nashville office of SomeraRoad, said in the release. “We’re excited to welcome them as our first retail tenant at Prima, setting the tone for an impressive list of new and exciting experiences for visitors and locals alike.”

Elam Freeman, founder and principal of Nashville’s Ojas Partners, manages Paseo South Gulch retail leasing for SomeraRoad, which also operates an office in New York. SunLife Organics was represented by Charlie Gibson, vice chair of the local office of Chicago-based Cushman & Wakefield.

Construction of Prima is expected to  be completed in the first quarter of 2024. The 16-story building will offer 278 apartments, 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 18,000 square feet of Class-A office space.

Paseo South Gulch also offers the Antiques Building, the tenants (either operational or forthcoming) for which include Blind Barber, a speakeasy and barbershop; GoodVets, a veterinarian practice; Two Hands, a New York City-based all-day Australian café; and Maiz de la Vida, a Mexican restaurant.

In addition, Paseo South Gulch includes the Voorhees Building, which is undergoing a rooftop greenhouse addition that will house Strategic Hospitality’s Catbird Seat and Patterson House; a ground-floor Barista Parlor, a Nashville-based cafe concept; Indochino, a custom clothing retailer; and The Malin, a co-working space with a membership component.