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Santa Monica Place Announces Gourmet Market Feature

Photo of the upcoming Santa Monica Mall market


By Lookout Staff

March 3, 2010 -- A rooftop gourmet market offering “high quality artisan, organic” foods is coming to the redeveloped Santa Monica Place. Mall officials say it will be similar to the Ferry Building in San Francisco and the Chelsea Market in New York.

Called the Market at Santa Monica Place, it will open toward the end of this year or early next year. The market will be located on the third-floor sundeck food court. Santa Monica Place is scheduled to reopen on Aug. 6.

A press release from mall owner Macerich says the gourmet food center will complement the downtown Farmers Market and feature “purveyors of foundational foods.” Among the offerings will be meats, fish, cheeses, breads, fruits and vegetables as well as “gourmet ingredients and prepared foods.”

"This is a different kind of venue for small, independently-owned shops that want to reach shoppers seven days a week,” said Michael Guerin, Macerich’s assistant vice president, in a press release. “The Market will feature one purveyor in each category in a carefully edited array of fantastic food experiences.”



As of this week Macerich has received commitments from three vendors. They are The Curious Palate, a café featuring handpicked culinary items; Coco-luxe Confections, which sells a variety of chocolates and Kings Road Café, a coffee shop.

The 550,000-square-foot renovated Santa Monica Place will feature Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom as its anchor stores. Other tenants will include Nike; CB2, which offers affordable, modern housewares and furniture and Burberry, a high-end clothing and accessory store.
The new design features a round open-air plaza with wide passageways that connect the mall to the Third Street Promenade to the north and the Civic Center to the south.


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