The reinvestment includes four new buildings on the southeastern edge of the center set to house 30 new stores and restaurants.Irvine Spectrum Center is one of Southern California’s most popular shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations, visited by more than 17 million people annually. The center features Nordstrom and Target, along with more than 150 stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues. The country’s most successful Improv Comedy Club, as well as Southern California’s most famous movie theater, the Edwards Spectrum 21 RPX & IMAX, a 5,000-plus-seat, 21-screen movie theater, are located here.
Irvine Company reveals the first wave of tenants since construction began last year on the 137,000 square-foot area located past the Giant Wheel. This summer, Hello Kitty Café will start the drum roll when it debuts a bar and café. Other tenants will remain the fanfare throughout 2018: a two-story H&M; the wildly popular OC-born Stance socks; cult-followed 85°C Bakery Café; SoCal’s falafel titan Falasophy; the buzzworthy Irvine-based BLK Coffee; Laguna Beach import Gorjana jewelry; OC-crafted Afters Ice Cream, smoldering LA eye import Perverse Sunglasses, The Denim Lab; SST&C Italian menswear; Aloha-infused Soha Living; Concrete Rose shoe boutique and Robata Wasa for serious sushi. Skincare, fragrance and makeup mega-destination, Sephora is expected to make its beauty mark next year when it opens its Southern California flagship at the center.
The host of new retailers comes on the heels of several hot openings including Habana, Havaianas, Alex & Ani and O bag. They are all in good company among the ranks of Nordstrom, Apple, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Hollister, Lululemon, and Tillys.