The Outlets at Orange

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The Outlets at Orange
Blockorange-fountain1.jpg
A fanciful water fountain at The Outlets at Orange
Location Orange, California
Coordinates m,
Address 20 City Boulevard West
Opening date November 19, 1998
Previous names The Block at Orange (1998-2011)
Developer Simon Property Group 2007-present
Owner Simon Property Group
Architect D’Agistino Izzo Quirk
No. of stores and services 120 (as of 2013)[1]
Website http://www.theoutletsatorange.com

The Outlets at Orange (formerly and still commonly known as The Block at Orange) is Orange County, California's only Outlet Shopping Center. It is an open-air shopping mall developed by The Mills Corporation and now owned jointly by The Mills, A Simon Company (Simon Property Group), and KanAm, in Orange, California, a few miles southeast of Disneyland near the heart of the Orange Crush interchange. It was built on the former site of the City Mall.

Current tenants[edit]

Current retail tenants are Burke Williams Day Spa, Last Call by Neiman-Marcus, Nordstrom Rack, OFF 5th by Saks Fifth Avenue, DKNY, Banana Republic factory store, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Victoria's Secret, Levis Outlet, Perry Ellis, Original Penguin, U.S. Polo Assn, Hurley, Off Broadway Shoes, Gymboree Outlet, Carter's Outlet, Thrill It Fun Center, H&M, Forever 21, Nike, Converse, Vans skatepark, Skechers, PacSun, Puma, Tilly's, Old Navy, Hollister Co., Guitar Center and Bose Factory Store. Current entertainment business tenants are AMC 30 Movie Theatres and IMAX, Lucky Strike Lanes and Dave & Buster's.

Current restaurant tenants are Cafe Tu Tu Tango, Market Broiler (Seafood), BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Twin Dragon, El Torito, T.G.I. Friday's, L.A. Italian Kitchen, Rubio's Coastal Grill, Subway, Charley's Steakery, Jamba Juice, Johnny Rockets, Haagen Dazs, Villa Dolce Yogurt, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Corner Bakery Cafe.

Features and history[edit]

The Outlets at Orange, Orange County’s only outlet shopping mall, is home to more than 120 outlet and value stores including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom Rack, Banana Republic Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store, and more. Conveniently located in the middle of Orange County, The Outlets at Orange is only minutes away from popular area attractions including Disneyland Resort, Angels Stadium, Honda Center, and the Anaheim Convention Center.

The Center also features L.A. Fitness, El Torito, T.G.I. Fridays, Carl's Jr. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts located on its periphery in its parking lots.

From 1970[2] to 1996,[3] the site was home to an enclosed mall called The City Shopping Center, featuring anchor stores May Company California[4] and JC Penney, anchoring The City edge city complex.[5] Several streets around the site still have "City" in their names because they were built as part of that complex. Mills purchased the site, originally considering conversion to an outlet mall named "CityMills," but instead built a mix of retail and outlet stores. The center's old slogan was The Block at Orange... It Ain't Square. It was The Mills Corporation's first outdoor mall not to have the "Mills" name. The Block official opened in November 1998.[6]

The former Virgin Megastore was featured in Borat where Borat attempts to kidnap Pamela Anderson.

Three of the former shopping center (The Block at Orange) tenants closed in 2008 and 2009. Virgin Megastore, Steve and Barry's, Hilo Hattie, Koji's Sushi and Ron Jon Surf Shop who left the center due to expiring lease agreements, and Steve & Barry's closed following its company-wide liquidation. These anchors were replaced with the Neiman Marcus Last Call store, Off Broadway Shoes, H&M, Thrill It Fun Center and Guitar Center.

In 2011, The Block at Orange was renamed The Outlets at Orange.[7]

The area is served by OCTA Routes 47, 54, 57, 454, and 757. The Anaheim Resort Transportation shuttle has an hourly stop at the center.

Anchors and majors[edit]

A corridor walkway at The Outlets

Former anchors and majors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Block at Orange Directory of Mall Stores". Simon Property Group. 
  2. ^ "$30 Million Shopping Center Set in Orange". Los Angeles Times. February 22, 1970. p. J26. (subscription required (help)).  Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  3. ^ Johnson, Greg & Wright, Lesley (October 4, 1995). "The City Shopping Center to Be Razed and Replaced : Development: Theaters and restaurants will be a big part of the new $150-million complex, scheduled to open in 1998.". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ "Retail Briefs". Women's Wear Daily. 126 (117). June 14, 1973. p. 28. The May Co. of Calif. will open a store in The City, a shopping center in Orange County next Spring. The two level, 160,000-sq.-ft. store will replace a unit operated by Walker Scott of San Diego.  Link via ProQuest.
  5. ^ Young, Karen Newell (November 27, 1987). "City Shopping Center in Orange Offers Wide Range of Gift and Specialty Stores". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ Garvey, Megan (November 20, 1998). "The Block Gets Off to Rousing Start as Big Crowds Show Up: Entertainment: Huge complex in Orange offering movies, shops, restaurants opens with manageable traffic.". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ Nguyen, Hang (October 11, 2011). "The Block at Orange changes its name". Orange County Register. 
  8. ^ Nguyen, Hang (August 27, 2011). "Three apparel stores open". The Orange County Register. p. Business 4. 

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Coordinates: 33°46′58″N 117°53′35″W / 33.782644°N 117.893076°W / 33.782644; -117.893076