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October 25, 1996 | Greg Johnson
Grab an umbrella and bring along your appetite. Rainforest Cafe Inc., the hot restaurant company based in Minneapolis, is coming to South Coast Plaza with a 15,000-square-foot eatery near the newly refurbished Sears, Roebuck & Co. store. The new restaurant, the chain's first in Southern California, will open in 1997. Rainforest Cafe is one of the nation's leaders in the trend toward "eatertainment" dining that's supposed to be as fun as it is filling.
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.
The general manager of South Coast Plaza likes to remember how you could look down one of the mall's busy corridors 18 years ago and see only one store--the Magic Pan--open for business. "We were in a bit of an economic problem, and were extraordinarily grateful to have stores like Lynn's Hallmark" open their doors, said Jim Henwood, the mall's manager. But that was then, and this is now.
March 21, 2001 | DANA PARSONS
Until Tuesday morning, the rolling blackouts that had hit Orange County the previous 24 hours seemed manageable. Some businesses went dark. A school or two. Restaurants. Some intersections, some homes. There was no panic. It was nothing we couldn't handle. When the going got tough, the tough got going. Privately, some of us probably found ourselves thinking: 'Hey, this isn't so bad. I could have been a pioneer.'
December 3, 1991
South Coast Plaza continued its tradition of erecting a huge Christmas tree for the holiday season during an elaborate ceremony Monday evening in Town Center Park. But the ceremony broke with a longtime family tradition when children unrelated to South Coast Plaza founder C.J. Segerstrom lighted the evergreen.
June 29, 2000 | Leslie Earnest, Leslie Earnest covers retail businesses for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7832 and at
For shoppers who are wondering when the bridge linking South Coast Plaza to the former Crystal Court will be finished, it should be ready for pedestrians in mid-August. The grand opening festivities, including a benefit gala and no doubt lots of other hoopla, will be in September. C.J.
July 18, 1995 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
The city's Public Library Foundation has received a $5,000 donation from South Coast Plaza, acknowledging the participation of foundation members in the reopening of Rizolli bookstore at the shopping center. The grant "will help the foundation provide critical supplemental funding to Newport Beach public libraries, needed to keep services and materials at the level of excellence the community has come to expect," said foundation President David Carmichael.
Louis Vuitton, the glitzy store that sells the company's status-symbol handbags and luggage, won top honors Thursday evening among South Coast Plaza retailers for having the highest sales per square foot of any store in Orange County's most successful shopping mall. The award was presented at a ceremony at the Westin South Coast Plaza to reward outstanding performances in 1989 among the stores and restaurants at South Coast Plaza, the Crystal Court and South Coast Plaza Village. I.
April 7, 1987 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
It isn't exactly the Academy Awards, but Orange County's arch rivals--South Coast Plaza and Newport Center Fashion Island--have announced their retail equivalents. Among specialty stores, overall 1986 top sales honors went to two unlikely candidates: South Coast Plaza's Polo/Ralph Lauren and Fashion Island's Irvine Ranch Farmers Market.
March 4, 1997 | GREG JOHNSON
The store wars are heating up again at Fashion Island in Newport Beach and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, two of Orange County's dominant shopping centers. Fashion Island hit hard in late 1996 with the opening of Orange County's first Bloomingdale's department store. South Coast Plaza, which reportedly is nearing $1 billion in annual sales, hit back with 10 new stores, including Hermes, Coach, Mikimoto, Montblanc, Rainforest Cafe and babyGap.
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