Santa Monica-based Macerich, owner of Santa Monica Place, has announced that The Market, a collection of independently owned food purveyors, will complement the rooftop dining deck of the redeveloped shopping center.

The addition of The Market, which offers fine cheeses, fresh vegetables, confections, baked goods, coffees and other organic, sustainable and gourmet food offerings, is intended to complement the array of chef-driven dining options and fast-casual restaurants at the mall, said Michael Guerin, Macerich’s assistant vice president of leasing.

The remodeled, open-air Santa Monica Place is scheduled to open on August 6th, but The Market will debut later this year or in early 2011, according to Macerich officials.

The first food purveyors that have committed to the project are The Curious Palate, Coco-luxe Confections and Kings Road Café.

The Curious Palate is a market, kitchen and café specializing in artisan foods and farm-to-table service, offering hand-picked culinary items from around the world such as olive oils, vinegars, pastas, grains and legumes, local ciders and chocolates. It has expanded from a single location on Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista, with owners Elliott Rubin and Mark Cannon having met as next-door neighbors in Santa Monica.

Coco-luxe Confections, founded by chocolatier Stephanie Marcon, produces confections that are also available online and via the Coco-luxe boutique in San Francisco.

Kings Road Cafe is a popular Los Angeles gathering spot offering coffee made from house-roasted, heirloom beans.

The boutique-sized Market at Santa Monica Place is designed to complement a local favorite, the Santa Monica Farmers Market, Macerich officials said.

“This is a different kind of venue for small, independently-owned shops that want to reach shoppers seven days a week,” said Guerin. “The Market will feature one purveyor in each category in a carefully edited array of fantastic food experiences.”

Restaurants planned for the rooftop dining deck include Zengo and La Sandia, Pizza Antica, Ozumo Sushi and XINO Restaurant+Lounge.

Nine fast casual dining options include Charlie Kabob; Chick n’ Ribs; Fatburger; Manchu Wok; Pinches Tacos; Sarku Japan; Stefano’s Pizza; Sushi Itto; and Wetzel’s Pretzels.

The retail attractions include a new Bloomingdale’s and a new Nordstrom, plus the following specialty stores: Burberry; Kitson; Nike; CB2; Juicy Couture; Hugo Boss; Michael Kors; Ted Baker; AllSaints Spitalfields; 7 For All Mankind; BCBG Max Azria; Republic of Couture; Ilori; Coach; Ed Hardy; True Religion; Joe’s Jeans; Swarovski; Love Culture; Angl; Bernini; Michael Brandon; Eva Varro; Solstice Sunglass Boutique; Arthur; Tory Burch; Ben Bridge Jeweler; Lacoste, Artevo; Shuz; and Charles David.

The new mall, a $265-million renovation project consisting of 550,000 square feet, will offer three levels of open-air shopping, roof-top dining with ocean views, and will feature an open center court plaza which is elliptical in design.

Santa Monica Place originally opened in 1980 and was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry.

To get the latest news about the new Santa Monica Place, the public is invited to visit online and sign up to receive news and updated photos, plus exclusive opportunities for valuable prizes, Guerin said.

Information, www.santamonicaplace.com/.

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