Post-Macy’s, Irvine Spectrum rebuilds
Irvine Retail Properties’ flagship shopping destination, The Irvine Spectrum Center, has demolished the 140,000-sq.-ft. Macy’s that opened there in 2002 and is erecting a new building in its place to accommodate up to 20 shops, according to a report in the Orange County Register.
Since it opened in the mid-Nineties, the Spectrum Center has established a reputation as a trend-setter. Its Edwards 21 Cineplex featured the nation’s first 3-D Imax theater. In 2006, it became the first retail center to house both a Target and a Nordstrom.
Spectrum Center focused on entertainment and expanded dining options early on, installing a carousel, a Ferris Wheel, and an ice-skating rink in the early in the early 2000s.
Its 50-odd eateries include Paul Martin’s American Grill, Tender Greens, and Pho Saigon Pearl, as well as Subway, Chipotle, and Johnny Rockets. Recently, it announced the expansion of its Curbside to Go program to six locations dispensing takeout orders from 21 restaurants.
Irvine is keeping mum about exactly which shops would inhabit the under-construction building. Its most recent lessees have included Reflections, Alex and Ani, Kona Grill, Pressed Juicery, BRIO Tuscan Grille, Del Frisco’s Grille, Umami Burger and TLT Food.
Dania Pointe breaks ground outside Fort Lauderdale
Ground has been broken on Kimco’s 102-acre Dania Pointe project in the Dania Beach section of Fort Lauderdale.
Phase one of the mixed-use development will include 300,000 sq. ft. of retail, 80% of which is already leased, according to the company. Along with the requisite food and beverage establishments, TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby, BrandsMart, and Ulta Beauty have signed on as tenants.
At total build-out, Dania Pointe looks to hold more than 100 retail tenants and restaurants in about 1 million sq. ft. of space. Two hotels, 1,000 luxury rental apartments and condos, and up to 500,000 sq. ft. of office space are also scheduled to be in place.
“With the Dania Pointe project, combined with our adjacent Oakwood Plaza property, Kimco now controls three full exits of frontage along I-95, totaling approximately two miles,” said Kimco CEO Conor Flynn.
Mall of America turns 25
It was 25 years ago today the Ghermezian family taught American shoppers to play.
The Ghermezians and their Triple Five development company had already set a new standard for enclosed shopping centers with their West Edmonton Mall. But on August 11, 1992, on the former site of Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota, they and managing agent Simon created a whole new ball game.
The 4.2-million-sq.-ft. (now 5.6 million -sq.-ft.) property proved that mall guests would clamor for roller coaster rides as well as big bargains. As Camp Snoopy gave way to Nickelodeon Universe and new attractions such as Sea Life Aquarium, Crayola Experience, and Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, Mall of America continues to serve as the pace car for experiential retail.
“It’s the intersection of the best in retail, entertainment, and dining, and above all, a place for friends and family to gather and make memories,” said MOA senior VP of marketing, Jill Renslow.
More than a billion guests have visited the internationally known institution, which counts some 12,000 employees, 520 stores, and 50 dining establishments.
Adhering to its “bigger is better” philosophy, Mall of America began celebrating its 25th year with a Boyz to Men concert in February. That’s been followed by nighttime light shows, a birthday lounge pop-up, and a summer concert series.
Today’s birthday festivities at the mall will include assaults two world records (most conical birthday hats worn and most cupcakes decorated).