November 17, 1990 |
The owner of Laguna Hills Mall is planning a major renovation and expansion that would add movie theaters, a new food court, parking garages, two new department stores and a second level of specialty stores. Expansion plans quietly submitted to the county would boost the mall's retail space by 67%, giving affluent South Orange County its first so-called "super-mall."
November 1, 1990 |
In keeping with its low profile, MainPlace/Santa Ana plans to open a $10-million wing today without the ribbon-cutting, speeches and brass bands that often accompany such events. That's because, mall officials say, there won't be too much to see for the next few days, aside from a splashy 20-foot-high neon light sculpture, an upscale stationery and gift shop, a shoe store and a men's clothier. The new wing will eventually have 20 new stores, boosting the mall's total number of stores to 195.
September 29, 1990 |
The $7-million renovation of the MainPlace/Santa Ana shopping mall is now more than half complete, an expansion that will add a new wing with 32,500 square feet of leaseable space. The construction will add 20 new stores by the time it is completed in November. In addition, a 150,000-square-foot May Co. department store is planned to open next spring. The May Co. will be the mall's fourth anchor store, joining Nordstrom, Bullocks and Robinson's.
April 18, 1990 |
As national manufacturers scramble to portray their products as environmentally safe, county retailers and clothing producers are cashing in on Earth Day as well. While a little late for Sunday's Earth Day, the MainPlace/Santa Ana mall plans a raft of activities next month under the tongue-twisting banner, "Earth Day Is Every Day in May." For starters, the mall plans to open a recycling center in its west parking lot for glass bottles, aluminum cans and newspapers.
October 5, 1989 |
In some ways, the numbers are a tale of two malls. Two years ago, MainPlace/Santa Ana and Anaheim Plaza had nearly identical annual sales of just above $80 million. But a year later, business at MainPlace was booming while Anaheim Plaza was among the very worst performers of Orange County's 13 mega-malls. The difference? In 1988, MainPlace completed its first full year after a complete, multimillion-dollar renovation.
May 20, 1989 |
MainPlace/Santa Ana is planning a major expansion--including the likely addition of a May Co. department store--only 20 months after a complete renovation that transformed the mall into one of Orange County's most successful shopping centers. The expansion plans, confirmed Friday by executives with JMB/Urban Development Co., call for the addition of a fourth anchor store encompassing about 150,000 square feet and about 20 smaller retail shops on two levels, totaling about 35,000 square feet.
July 16, 1988 |
Japan's largest consumer credit company has purchased an 18-acre parcel of undeveloped land across from MainPlace/Santa Ana for $23.5 million, a representative of the Japanese firm said Friday. Orient Finance Co., which has more than $29 billion in total assets, paid slightly more than $1.3 million an acre to acquire the site from the Hurwitz family. According to area real estate observers, the price appears to have set a local record for land sold without approvals for development.