Macerich, one of the nation’s largest owners, operators and developers of regional shopping centers, has announced that Santa Monica Place, its remodeled open-air retail and dining destination, will open on August 6th, 2010 alongside the new Bloomingdale’s.
The new mall — a $265 million renovation project — is bounded by Colorado Avenue, Broadway, and Second and Fourth Streets in Santa Monica and offers three levels of open-air shopping, signature roof-top dining with ocean views, and will feature an open center court plaza which is elliptical in design.
“We launched construction just over a year ago to begin transforming Santa Monica Place from an enclosed, old-style mall into a modern, open-air center with fresh retail offerings and a spectacular rooftop dining deck with views of the ocean,” Randy Brant, executive vice president of Real Estate for Macerich, said on Tuesday, May 5th.
“With Nordstrom opening just a few weeks after Bloomingdale’s and Santa Monica Place are introduced, our guests can look forward to an exciting month full of exceptional debut experiences,” said Brant.
In addition to Bloomingdale’s — the site of its first SoHo concept store outside Manhattan — and Nordstrom, other retailers signed on for the project include 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, a technology-driven art gallery, said Macerich representatives.
The urban beach environment at Santa Monica Place is a major focus of the experience, which is keyed to the property’s signature indoor/outdoor rooftop dining deck which features ocean views and a carefully selected set of chef-driven restaurants and quick-casual dining options, said Macerich officials.
Restaurants that are planned for the dining area include two concepts from nationally recognized restaurateur Richard Sandoval, Zengo and La Sandia, as well as Pizza Antica, Ozumo Sushi, and XINO Restaurant + Lounge.
Santa Monica Place originally opened in 1980 and was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry.