The Annex

The following story by Lisa McKinnon previously appeared in the Ventura County Star on October 12, 2016

Developers of The Annex, a public market-style complex at The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard, on Wednesday announced eight tenants for the 16,000-square-foot project.

Located at Collection Boulevard and Park View Court near Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen, The Annex has an anticipated opening date of spring 2017. Construction is scheduled to begin next week, said James Williams, vice president of marketing and communications for Shea Properties.

Three of the tenants have been previously named by The Star. They are Scratch Sandwich Counter, a brick-and-mortar version of chef Tim Kilcoyne’s Scratch food truck, and second locations for the existing Newbury Park businesses Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters and Bottle & Pint, a craft-beer taproom and retailer.

Joining the list are the restaurants Afters Ice Cream, Love Pho and Wok to Walk, along with retail tenants Cherry Hills Market and Sueño, a jewelry studio.

Afters is a Southern California-based chain that specializes in “milky buns” — doughnuts cut in half and stuffed with ice cream made from “locally sourced” ingredients. The 1,400-square-foot space will be the chain’s northernmost location.

“They plan to stay open till midnight every night, so the name is really appropriate. It’s where you go after your nightly outing, after going to the movies or Levity Live,” Williams said.

The Annex will be the first West Coast location of Wok to Walk, which has two sites in New York and 70 in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. The Wok to Walk websitedescribes the restaurant as quick service, specializing in stir-fried and wok dishes with vegan options. Wok to Walk will occupy a 1,100-square-foot space within The Annex.

Love Pho, which will operate in a 1,300-square-foot space, is familiar to Ventura County: The family-owned restaurant serves its Vietnamese noodle soup and bánh mì sandwiches at similarly named locations in Camarillo and Newbury Park.

Cherry Hills Market, a home-accessories shop specializing in repurposed, vintage and shabby chic pieces, launched via the e-commerce site Etsy in 2014 and opened its first shop in Huntington Beach the next year. Its 850-square-foot space at The Annex also will feature olive oils, balsamic vinegars and signature spice blends, Williams said.

Named for the Spanish word for “dream,” the 208-square-foot Sueño store will showcase custom jewelry designs by owner Emmanuel Garcia, who also restores and sells vintage watches.

Additional square-footage figures are 966 for Scratch Sandwich Counter, 1,347 forBottle & Pint and 994 for Ragamuffin, Williams said.

About 5,000 square feet of The Annex will be set aside for seating areas and other communal uses.

“We want it to be a place where people meet friends to grab a bite from the different restaurants, do some shopping and hang out,” Williams said.

The Annex originally was scheduled to open in fall 2014 at a slightly smaller space within The Collection. It was moved to its current address in part to make way for the offices of the real-estate software company Yardi, which will occupy the first and second floors of a 28,887-square foot space on Park View Court.

For information about The Annex, visit http://www.tcrpannex.com.

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