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What recession? New Santa Monica mall goes for glitz

November 11, 2008 | 10:24 am

Despite the tough economy, it appears the effort to remake the aging Santa Monica Place mall into a more hip outdoor shopping plaza is moving ahead at a rapid clip. According to Jorge Casuso at the Lookout News, Macerich, the mall owner has signed some high-end tenants and hopes to begin work soon on the mall makeover. Bloomingdale's earlier agreed to move in:

Moving into the mall, which likely will open in the spring of 2010, will be Kitson, the L.A.-based fashion retailer that is an established celebrity favorite; Coach, a leading American creator of fine accessories and gifts, and BCBG Max Azria, the popular contemporary women’s clothing and accessories brand, according to Macerich officials. Also moving into the 550,000-square-foot mall will be Joe’s Jeans, known for its trend-setting denim; True Religion, the premium denim, sportswear and accessories brand, and Lacoste, the iconic French sportswear brand, Macerich officials said. The two restaurants are XINO Restaurant+Lounge, a sophisticated, modern take on classic Chinese cuisine created by noted chef Chris Yeo, and Ozumo, a highly acclaimed San Francisco concept offering contemporary Japanese fare in a casually elegant setting.

More on the Santa Monica Place project here.

-- Shelby Grad

Drawing: Macerich