The Hoag Health Center in Foothill Ranch is unlike a medical facility one might normally see: It looks and feels more like a spa.

It has an open layout and high ceilings, wooden floors, natural light and micro-retail options. There is a coffee bar serving gourmet coffee, a fragrance bar, a fitness clothing store and a gym.

“We want to make you feel comfortable,” Hoag Senior Vice President, Real Estate and Facilities Sanford Smith said to Bisnow. “You’re in a place where you want to hang out.”

The nonprofit site in Orange County has transformed a former Joann Fabric and Craft big-box store into a facility focusing on health and wellness. The center opened earlier this year but closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Its transformation highlights how medical providers are changing vacant big-box sites in community retail centers into high-tech medical facilities.