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April 20, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, Leslie Earnest covers retail businesses for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7832 and at
South Coast Plaza has published a drawing showing how a long-awaited pedestrian bridge will sweep over Bear Street to connect the former Crystal Court with the plaza itself. The 611-foot bridge will stretch from South Coast Plaza's second level near Macy's main store westward over the parking structure to near the center of what's been known as Crystal Court.
June 19, 1997
They are the most renowned shopping destinations in the nation: Madison Avenue, Rodeo Drive, Palm Beach and . . . Costa Mesa? You bet, Costa Mesa--home to South Coast Plaza, one of the most successful shopping malls in the country. Starting next month, the retail center will be one of eight shopping meccas featured in a national advertising campaign by Visa USA.
August 21, 1985 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
Gucci, one of the biggest names in designer retailing, is finally coming to Orange County. About 33 years after entering the U.S. market, Gucci Shops Inc. of New York is scheduled to open a full-line store at South Coast Plaza on Nov. 1--a prelude to the peak Christmas shopping season. The flashy, high-fashion accessory store will be about half the size of Gucci's Rodeo Drive shop but will carry virtually the same merchandise, from leather handbags to designer sunglasses.
August 27, 1999 | Leslie Earnest
Tiffany & Co., seeking to expand its presence in Orange County, has filed a lawsuit against South Coast Plaza, claiming the mall prevented the tony New York jeweler from opening a store at Mission Viejo Mall, which is undergoing a $150-million renovation in a move to position itself as an upscale shopping center in the burgeoning southern part of the county.
October 8, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
South Coast Plaza was rezoned Monday to give the City Council greater authority in approving future projects at the county's most popular shopping center. Zoning for the plaza was established in 1963 and allows Planning Commission approval for many additions and changes. The updated zoning ordinance, which matches regulations at the newer Metro Pointe, Crystal Court and South Coast Metro Center, requires City Council approval for changes.
March 1, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
South Coast Plaza is seeking an exception to city regulations so it can fly banners to promote its 30th anniversary this month. If approved by the City Council, 60 flags would be attached to poles along Anton Boulevard, Avenue of the Arts, Town Center Drive, Sunflower Avenue and Bristol and Bear streets. Text would read: "South Coast Plaza: 1967-1997, International Destination and Quality Is South Coast Plaza." Anniversary activities are March 7 to Nov. 10.
August 5, 1999 | Leslie Earnest
Borders Books, Music and Cafe said Wednesday that it will open a store at South Coast Plaza next to where Crate & Barrel is installing a new home furnishing store. The bookstore, which will open this fall, should give a boost to the shopping plaza formerly known as Crystal Court, which is overhauling its tenant mix and linking itself more closely to its sister center across Bear Street.
March 13, 1996 | Marla Dickerson
Over the next few months, the state division of tourism will begin installing "California Welcome Kiosks" at tourist hot spots around the state, including the South Coast Plaza shopping center in Costa Mesa. The interactive kiosks will dispense general visitor information, allow travelers to book services like hotels and cars, and let users check schedules and purchase tickets for a variety of California attractions.
Changing the face of one of Orange County's most popular retail areas, a 600-foot bridge will link the two sections of South Coast Plaza, probably in time for this year's holiday shopping season. "It will be a landmark," Costa Mesa City Manager Allan Roeder said of the pedestrian walkway, approved unanimously by the City Council on Monday night. "In addition to being a very nice amenity, it will make an artistic statement," he said.
January 21, 1986 | Benjamin Epstein
Topping out an expanded South Coast Plaza, and girding themselves for a virtual doubling in size and projected sales, civic leaders, construction workers and plaza principals gathered Friday in a parking lot opposite the Costa Mesa site to witness the hoisting into place of the last steel beam, painted white for the occasion and signed by many of those present. Merchants wore business suits, of course.
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