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Santa Monica Place Gets 14 More Retailers: Highlights include Betsey Johnson, Barneys Co-Op and White House_Black Market

On April 23, 14 more retailers were announced for the Santa Monica Place shopping center being built at 1453 3rd Street, between the Third Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier, scheduled to be open August 6, 2010. Santa Monica Place is the three-level, open-air shopping and dining center under construction just two blocks from the beach in Santa Monica.

Newly signed for the property are, (on the first level) Betsey Johnson, Barneys Co-Op, Johnny Was, Pandora, L’Occitane, White House Black Market, and Bird Pick Tea & Herb. On the second level are Chilli Beans, Tous, Foreign Exchange, Kensington Luggage, Sea of Silver, and GNC. As well, Love Culture will open a larger, 10,069-square foot store rather than the 7,500-square foot space originally planned.

“As we get closer to opening and, now, at the peak of construction activity, it’s exciting to see these strong retail names become part of Santa Monica Place,” said Anne Singleton, vice president, Leasing, for Macerich. “With each announcement of new retailers, more and more we are delivering on the balanced retail mix that is right for Santa Monica.”

New to the Santa Monica Place retail roster are: Betsey Johnson, known for the designer’s exuberant, one-of-a-kind vision (1,499 square feet), Barneys Co-Op, an edgy, boutique-sized concept from world-famous Barneys New York department store (5,436 square feet); Johnny Was, offering clothing creations for urban bohemians (1,440 square feet); Pandora, featuring handcrafted Danish designs in charm bracelets, necklaces, earrings and more (1,030 square feet); L’Occitane, a purveyor of natural skincare products and fragrances from Provence (833 square feet);); and White House_Black Market, a popular boutique focused on women’s clothing in shades of black and white (2,835 square feet), and Bird Pick Tea & Herb, founded in L.A.’s Chinatown, a retailer of teas, herbs, ginseng, Asian imports and fine wines (1,255 square feet).

Also joining Santa Monica Place are: Chilli Beans, the Brazilian sunglasses company (658 square feet); Tous, a popular international jewelry and accessories brand (677 square feet); Foreign Exchange, the California clothing concept for men and women (5,391 square feet); Kensington Luggage, the local luggage purveyor that returns to Santa Monica Place (3,079 square feet); Sea of Silver, a local jewelry concept, (843 square feet); and GNC, a source for nutritional supplements and more (1,400 square feet).

In March, Santa Monica Place announced a new concept for the third-level Dining Deck: The Market. The boutique-sized Market is designed to complement a local favorite, the Santa Monica Farmers Market. The Market will feature independently owned purveyors in a wide variety of categories including gourmet chocolates, small-batch olive oils and vinegars, fresh-roasted coffee beans, wine and much more. The Market is slated to open in late 2010 or early 2011.

The rooftop Dining Deck will offer ocean and city views and a carefully selected set of chef-driven restaurants and quick-casual dining options. Already announced restaurants include two concepts from nationally recognized restaurateur Richard Sandoval, Zengo and La Sandia, plus Pizza Antica, Ozumo Sushi, and XINO Restaurant + Lounge.

Last fall the property announced nine fast-casual options for the Dining Deck, including: Charlie Kabob; Chick n’ Ribs; Fatburger; Manchu Wok; Pinches Tacos; Sarku Japan; Stefano’s Pizza; Sushi Itto; and Wetzel’s Pretzels. The indoor-outdoor, fast-casual component of the Dining Deck will comprise nearly 17,000 square feet in a modern design dominated by extensive glass and open views.

The retail attractions of Santa Monica Place include a new Bloomingdale’s and a new Nordstrom plus a growing roster of specialty stores: Burberry, Kitson, Nike, CB2, Tory Burch, Juicy Couture, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Ted Baker, AllSaints Spitalfields, 7 For All Mankind, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Coach, Ed Hardy, True Religion, Joe’s Jeans, Swarovski, Ben Bridge Jeweler, Angl, Bernini, Charles David, Parc 81 (formerly Michael Brandon), East 5th Hub (formerly ROC/Republic of Couture), Eva Varro and Solstice Sunglass Boutique.

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 right next to the popular Third Street Promenade.

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