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By all accounts, the people of Los Angeles are mighty excited for the grand opening of Santa Monica Place, one of the city's most important shopping centers to open (re-open) in recent memory. Two years closed and a $265 million renovation later, shoppers have been swarming the center since its door swung open to the public today.
"Several thousand shoppers poured" through this morning—by early morning, "8 a.m., hordes of shoppers were already lined up in a scene reminiscent of Black Friday crowds." According to the LA Times, many of these shoppers camped out overnight.
Retail industry experts are calling it the most ambitious shopping center opening this year and have lauded the modern, airy design of the new 550,000-square-foot mall, which features floor-to-ceiling glass walls in some sections, an upscale tenant lineup that includes anchors Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom and a third floor dedicated to food.Anchored by a Bloomingdale's, a Nordstrom, and featuring high-end stores including Tiffany and Louis Vuitton, the mall also boasts a third-floor food court with cabanas that overlook the Pacific Ocean.
"This is, like, a classic American experience; the great mall opening," Los Angelean Nina Withrington told the Times. "It's so American, it's ridiculous. I love it."
· Shoppers swarm remodeled Santa Monica Place mall [LAT]
· Santa Monica Place reopens today [HuffPost]