The Imaginary Landscape

Sunday, January 22, 2006

A Major Re-Cap

I can't believe it's been almost 2 months since my last post. Time has just flown by hasn't it?
A lot has happened, so lets just let started.

Westfield Century City
In mid December, the shopping center unveiled its new AMC Theatre and a new dinning terrace (don't you dare call it a food court). The new space is bright and very hip and modern. Gone are paper plates and plastic utinsils. In their place are real china and silverware. I was really impress.

Here's a picture

H&M First 2 SoCal Locations Confirmed

Just last friday, the SF Chronicle announced that H&M will open 2 LA store by fall 2006. One will be on Colorado Blvd in Pasadena, while the other will be at the Beverly Center. The article also stated that he company would like to open 3 additional stores at that time. I love to speculate, so here goes...the additional stores will be at South Coast Plaza, Third Street Promenade, and Westfield Topanga. We'll know if I'm right in a couple of months.

LACMA Starts Phase I Expansion

About 4 weeks ago, I drove past Los Angeles County Museum of Art and saw what looked like land preparation for the first of a three phase expansion plan. Phase I will include a centralized Entry/Welcome pavilion enclosed in glass. Next to it will be the 3 storey BCAM (Broad Contempory Art Museum). Both structures should be completed by fall of 2007.

Barney's Opening New Flagship in Dallas

Barney's will open an new 88,000 sq ft store in Dallas. This come almost a decade after it left the Dallas market. The store will be a contrast to the previous 11,000 sq ft store it had in the city, not only in terms of size, but sevice and selection. Many people felt the company did not under stand what the dallas market wanted--the store offered lots of black, when people wanted colors.

The store will be located at the Nortpark Center mall in the former Lord and Taylor site.

Glendale Galleria Renovation

After losing the battle to prevent Caruso from building a Grove-like center next to the Galleria, the mall owner, General Growth has decided to renovate the aging mall. Plans are still scetchy, but the renovation should cost around $30 million and will likely include an extensive redesign of the interior and exterior of the center to make it more inviting.

I find this very welcoming new after my last visit about 2 months ago. The center just felt so outdated. Eventhough there were skylights, the extensive dark bricks used throughout just cast and ominous glow to the place.

Construction of Westside Too Begins....Finally!!

I can't believe it, but it's true--the redevelopment of the Westside Too at the Westside Pavilion has begun. The section of the mall, just west of Overland is now closed, including Barnes & Noble. The construction should last a year and a half.

When it finally opens in mid 2007, patrons will new restaurants and a new 12 screen Landmark Theatre. At that time the current 4 screen will close. Also B&N will be back.


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