Mexican fast-casual chain Qdoba has leased 35,000 square feet at the trendy Mission Valley office project Ampersand for its new corporate headquarters.
The company, which expects to move in this spring, is taking the fourth floor in the remodeled, five-story building formerly occupied by the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The 13-acre Mission Valley site at 350 Camino de la Reina, now called Ampersand, recently underwent a $40-million overhaul under owner-developer the Casey Brown Company, which purchased the property in 2015.
The creative office project consists of 330,000 square feet spread across two buildings, the five-story building on the east and the three-floor former printing plant on the west. The campus is still in the process of being leased by CBRE, with the latest and greatest in office amenities — such as a spa-inspired gym, 64,000 square feet of outdoor space and a craft coffee venue — used to attract tenants.
The restaurant brand has hired Hughes Marino and SCA Architecture to make its space “fun, upbeat and collaborative,” said Tim Welsh, who is Qdoba’s vice president of real estate and development.
“The Ampersand building is an iconic San Diego location, and we’re thrilled to make this the official home for Qdoba’s new headquarters,” Welsh said in a statement.
Founded in 1995, Qdoba is a franchise business with more than 750 restaurants in 48 states and Canada — though it has just one local eatery at the San Diego airport. The brand was, however, owned by San Diego-based Jack in the Box from 2013 until May of last year, when it was sold to Apollo Global Management for $305 million. At the time, Qdoba said it planned to fill 100 corporate jobs in San Diego.