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APR 2017

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2 9 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E B Y R A C H E L C A RT E R RE TAIL RISING T H E S E N E W D E V E L O P M E N T S W I L L E X C I T E S H O P P E R S N A T I O N W I D E — W E S T F I E L D U T C — S A N D I E G O San Diego's University Towne Center mall opened in 1977, so when shopping center giant Westfield launched the first of a multiphase, $1 billion renovation nearly 35 years later, "it was time," said Adrienne Pacheco, senior marketing director for the mall, now known as Westfield UTC. The initial $180 million renovation wrapped up in 2012 and was largely cosmetic, with new f looring and updated storefronts. But the project also added a new dining terrace and reconfigured the former Robinsons-May shell to house a 14-screen ArcLight Cinemas theater, a 24 Hour Fitness gym and a Forever 21 store. Crews started work on the second phase in July 2015, and the grand opening is slated for October. With a $585 million price tag, the second phase will add over 250,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space to the center's existing 1.1 million square feet. "It's a large expansion, but we made every effort to keep it upscale and refined and very comfortable," she said. When it's complete, "you won't be able to see the transition from old to new." Room and Board is taking over the former Sport Chalet space, but Westfield hasn't yet announced tenants for the new retail space. However, retailers will be in keeping with the center's approach of curating "unique and first-to-market retailers," such as Warby Parker, TravisMathew and Bonobos. Nordstrom "won't miss a beat" when it moves from its existing space at the mall into a new, two-story f lagship store being built on-site complete with an in-store restaurant and coffee shop. The Pointe will be a promenade of restaurants with al fresco dining around fire pits and a koi pond, and The Winery wine bar anchoring one end. Other restaurants include Javier's, known for its elevated Mexican fare, and dumpling house Din Tai Fung. An 18,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor event space will overlook The Pointe, and the expansion will also feature a valet area with an arrival lounge and a new 2,300-space parking garage. W W W.W E S T F I E L D .C OM / U T C S ome people see shopping as a necessary evil; others treat it like a competitive sport or simply enjoy it as a relaxing pastime. No matter how you approach it, shopping is serious business. Some shopping areas, whether stand- alone malls or full neighborhoods, are famous around the world, and some are simply welcome additions to the regional retail landscape. In New York City, the new Westfield World Trade Center is a signature entry point for Lower Manhattan, and the company's 40-year-old UTC mall in San Diego is undergoing a major expansion and renovation. Around the country, outlet shopping continues to be popular, and new outlet centers are adding to shoppers' options in Florida, Maryland and Texas. 1 Courtesy Courtesy Tanger Outlets Daytona Beach THE NEW TANGER OUTLETS IN DAYTONA BEACH FEATURES 75 STORES.

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