The Grove at Farmers Market

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The Grove
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The animated fountains at The Grove
Location Los Angeles, California
Address 189 The Grove Drive Los Angeles, CA 90036
Opening date February 2002
Developer Caruso Affiliated
Owner Caruso Affiliated
Architect David Williams
Elkus Manfredi
No. of anchor tenants 1
Total retail floor area 600,000 sq ft (56,000 m2)
No. of floors 3
Website www.thegrovela.com
The trolley takes shoppers on a short ride from The Grove to Farmer's Market

The Grove is a retail and entertainment complex in Los Angeles, California, built, owned, and operated by Rick J. Caruso and his company Caruso Affiliated on parts of the historical Farmers Market.

History[edit]

The complex fills space previously occupied by an orchard and nursery (the last remains of a dairy farm owned by A.F. Gilmore in the latter part of the 19th century). The developers began demolition of an antiques alley and other older buildings on Third Street behind CBS Television City, and broke ground for the new mall in 1999. There was some controversy over potentially increasing traffic in a busy Los Angeles neighborhood that already offered several other shopping venues, including the Beverly Center. The Grove opened in 2002 and has been an extremely popular outdoor mall ever since.

The Warner Bros. tabloid television news program Extra was also taped in the complex, and it was usually on their lawn area.

The history behind the development of the A.F. Gilmore property that eventually became The Grove was not without controversy. In 1984, A.F. Gilmore and neighboring CBS Television City hired Olympia & York California Equities Corp. to look into the possibility of creating a major business and entertainment complex that would have been twice as large as Universal City but would have required the demolition of all existing structures at both Farmers Market and CBS in the process.[1][2] That plan was not well received by the City of Los Angeles or by its neighbors and the plan was later shelved. Two years later A.F. Gilmore and CBS hired Urban Investment & Development Co. of Chicago to create another development plan.[2]

In 1989, A.F. Gilmore announced that it was going to build a $300 million mall adjacent to the existing Farmers Market and that the new project would be managed by JMB/Urban Development of Chicago. The proposed mall was going to be anchored by May Company California (180,000 sq ft), Nordstrom, and J. W. Robinson's (150,000 sq ft) along with over 100 other stores.[3][4] Later, the project was scaled down to 2 anchors.[5]

During the next decade, A.F. Gilmore announced a further scaled down plan with Caruso Affiliated as the new development partner for a new proposal that eventually became The Grove at Farmers Market, a $100-million project on 25 acres.[6] Nordstrom signed on in 2001 to build a 122,000 sq ft store.[7] Toy retailer FAO Schwarz also sign on for 25,000 sq ft.

Design[edit]

The 575,000-square-foot (53,400 m2) outdoor marketplace is located in Los Angeles' Fairfax District. Caruso Affiliated claims to have modeled its architectural designs on indigenous Los Angeles buildings, influenced by classic historic districts, with shopping alleys, broad plazas, and intimate courtyards. The design features a series of Art Deco-style false fronts, with boxy interiors similar to those found in other contemporary stores.

Attractions[edit]

The Grove features a large center park with an animated fountain designed by WET. Its music-fountain show plays every hour, though the feature has a non-musical program in between shows. The water's choreography is reminiscent of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas—also designed by WET—but on a much smaller scale. The fountain also has a statue, The Spirit of Los Angeles. Live shows are often performed there, or on the grassy area by the fountains. An internal transit system uses electric-powered trolley cars to link The Grove and the adjacent Farmers Market.

Shops and restaurants[edit]

The Grove is anchored by both Nordstrom and Crate & Barrel, and has flagship stores for British fashion chain Topshop/Topman, Abercrombie and Fitch, Barnes & Noble, and Apple. Other stores in the center include Michael Kors, two-storey GAP and J.Crew locations, Nike, MAC Cosmetics, COACH, Anthropologie, Barneys New York CO-OP, Kiehl's, Forever 21 and American Girl Place.

The Grove's many restaurants include chains like Maggiano's Little Italy and The Cheesecake Factory as well as smaller, local restaurants like Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill, Morels French Steakhouse, The Whisper Lounge, and La Piazza, as well as the upcoming Gordon Ramsay restaurant, The Fat Cow. The Original Farmers Market, located adjacent to The Grove and owned by the A.F. Gilmore Company, features numerous non-chain restaurants that have existed there for sometimes decades.

The main entertainment venue is a 14-screen movie theater complex owned by Pacific Theatres.

During the Christmas shopping season, fake snow is produced periodically during the night. In mid-November, the Grove Christmas Tree goes up. At 110 feet, it is the tallest Christmas tree in the city of Los Angeles.

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Coordinates: 34°04′19″N 118°21′27″W / 34.071964°N 118.357515°W / 34.071964; -118.357515