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Walgreens site near downtown San Jose is bought by a real estate company

SAN JOSE – A Walgreens store site near downtown San Jose – one of the few pharmacies around – has been purchased by a Southern California real estate company.

The buyer is an affiliate controlled by Elliott Megdal & Associates, a Los Angeles-area real estate investment and development firm, documents filed March 4 with the Santa Clara County Recorder’s Office.

The subsidiary paid $6.2 million for the property, which consists of a Walgreens drug store at 780 E. Santa Clara St. in San Jose, according to county records.

County property documents link the buyer to Beverly Hills-based Elliot Megdal & Associates, which business records show is involved in real estate development and investment, with expertise in commercial properties.

Map of 780 E. Santa Clara St. in San Jose, shown in outline. A Walgreens building is visible on the site, which is between 16th Street and 17th Street. The limits are approximate.

The seller was a subsidiary controlled by the real estate department of Illinois-based Walgreens, according to public records.

The pharmacy building totals about 15,200 square feet, according to a real estate database. The overall property, including the adjacent parking lot, totals 1.24 acres, or 54,000 square feet.

This means that the vast majority of the property is surface parking is undeveloped.

The property faces East Santa Clara Street and extends from South 16th Street to South 17th Street.

The newly purchased parcel sits between the future sites of two BART stations. One station would operate near the corner of North 28th Street and East Santa Clara Street and the other would open at the intersection of First Street and Santa Clara Street.

780 E. Santa Clara St. in San Jose, location of a Walgreens pharmacy near downtown.

This month’s $6.2 million purchase price is about 7% lower than the property’s estimated value of $6.7 million that the county assessor’s office released to mid-2021.

The Elliot Megdal & Associates subsidiary that now owns the 780 E. Santa Clara Walgreens parcel does not operate a readily visible website, so the nature of the company’s current real estate portfolio, as well as its real estate philosophy, is not clear.

However, Elliot Megdal & Associates has purchased small commercial properties in the Atwater Village neighborhood of Los Angeles and the town of Oxnard in Ventura County, according to press releases from real estate brokers. The Megdal company said at the time of purchase in 2016 that it intended to redevelop the Oxnard property.

In November 2021, Elliot Megdal & Associates listed a small commercial building it owns in downtown Los Angeles for sale. It was not immediately known whether this property was subsequently sold.

In recent years, downtown San Jose has been rocked by the closure of a Walgreens store at South First Street and West Santa Clara Street in 2018 and the closure of a small Safeway store at 100 S. Second St.

These two closings meant that Walgreens at East Santa Clara and North 17th streets had become the only major pharmacy in the area.

Whole Foods operates a bustling grocery store on the western edges of downtown San Jose at 777 The Alameda.

Walgreens also operates a pharmacy at 1399 W San Carlos St. near Meridian Avenue in the city’s Midtown neighborhood.

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