Five retail businesses are being added to the growing list of retailers and restaurants slated for the redeveloped Santa Monica Place, which is scheduled to open August 6th, 2010.
Anne Singleton, vice president of leasing for mall owner Macerich, said the new retail shops include Michael Kors, Ted Baker, Swarovski, Angl and Bernini. Macerich, one of the nation’s largest owners, operators and developers of regional shopping centers, has been located in Santa Monica for over 30 years.
Retail establishments that have already signed up for the new open-air Santa Monica Place are Bloomingdale’s (the former location of Macy’s, which owns Bloomingdale’s), Nordstrom, LTJ Arthur, BCBG Max Azria, Coach, Ed Hardy, Ilori, Joe’s Jeans, Love Culture, Kitson, Michael Brandon, R.O.C. Republic of Couture, Shuz, True Religion, Lacoste and Artevo.
Singleton said new retailers joining the project include Michael Kors (accessories, and footwear), Ted Baker (menswear, womenswear, accessories and footwear), Swarovski (European crystal in designs for jewelry, handbags and home accessories), Angl (fashions and accessories for young women) and Bernini (a Southern California retailer specializing in menswear and signature fragrances for men and women.)
“These five retailers demonstrate the wide-ranging mix of great brands shoppers will find at the new Santa Monica Place,” Singleton said.
Singleton told The Argonaut that, “the food experience on our rooftop deck is a hugely important aspect of the new Santa Monica Place. In addition to what already has been announced, we look forward to announcing additional sit-down restaurants, plus details on the broad range of quick-casual offerings we will have in our food court.”
Restaurants planned for the rooftop deck — which offers ocean views, chef-driven restaurants and quick-casual dining options — include two concepts from restaurateur Richard Sandoval, Zengo and La Sandia, as well as Pizza Antica, Ozumo Sushi and XINO Restaurant + Lounge.
The new mall, a $265-million renovation project, 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.
The urban beach experience is a major design focus of the approximately 550,000-square foot, new Santa Monica Place, located just two blocks from the beach and Third Street Promenade, said Macerich representatives.
Santa Monica Place originally opened in 1980 and was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry.