Breaking News: Beyond Meat Cooks Up New 300K-SF HQ Facility in El Segundo
Los Angeles-based Hackman Capital Partners signed a nearly 300,000-square-foot headquarters lease with Beyond Meat at 888 N. Douglas St. in El Segundo. The 12-year transaction is reportedly one of the largest signed in SoCal since the pandemic began.
The maker of plant-based meat substitutes plans to relocate and expand later this fall from a site in El Segundo. The new 30-acre, cutting-edge campus will provide Beyond Meat needed space to expand research capabilities, develop new technologies and products in a facility that could see its employee count quadruple.
Hackman Capital is completing a more than $100-million makeover of 888 Douglas that commenced in 2017 and is slated to deliver in spring 2021. The 391,000-square-foot building will feature 50-foot ceilings and an open, industrial feel that companies favor today. The 1930’s building formerly housed a bus manufacturing plant for Pickwick Stage Co., and served as an airplane manufacturing facility for Douglas Aircraft Co.
JLL’s Gary Horwitz, Blake Searles, Connor Hall and Kamil Agha represented the tenant. CBRE’s Jeff Pion and John Ayoob, as well as Newmark’s Bill Bloodgood represented the landlord.
Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services.
In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company.
In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix.
Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator.
Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements.
Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.