The Spa at South Coast Plaza plans to open Aug. 1 in a building previously occupied by the short-lived and ill-fated Spa at the Center on Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa.
The new club incorporates the upscale building that housed the defunct spa, including its marble statues, luxurious carpeting and the tony address near Orange County's leading shopping center.
But Spa at South Coast executives say that's about all the two clubs will share. "It's a totally new management and a new ownership," spa director Kim Matheson said. "The old club only was open for less than six months and this is a totally new operation."
The former spa opened early in 1992 but immediately ran into financial trouble. Jeffrey Jones, a co-founder of the club, linked its August, 1992, demise to financial commitments that never materialized.