The Outlets at Orange
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A fanciful water fountain at The Outlets at Orange
|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)|
The Outlets at Orange (formerly and still commonly known as The Block at Orange) is one of 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 retail tenants are Burke Williams Day Spa, Last Call Neiman-Marcus, Nordstrom Rack, Off 5th 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 Shoe Warehouse, Gymboree Outlet, Carter's Outlet, Thrill It Fun Center, H&M, Forever 21, Nike Factory Store, 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 Theaters and IMAX 3D, 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
From 1970 to 1996, the site was home to an enclosed mall called The City Shopping Center, featuring anchor stores May Company California and JC Penney, anchoring The City edge city complex. 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.
Three of the former shopping center (The Block at Orange) tenants closed in 2008 and 2009. Virgin Megastore, Hilo Hattie, Koji's Sushi and Ron Jon Surf Shop left the center due to expiring lease agreements. 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.
Anchors and majors
- AMC Theatres (112,830 sq ft (10,482 m2))
- Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue (31,368 sq ft (2,914 m2))
- Old Navy (15,722 sq ft (1,461 m2))
- Neiman Marcus Last Call
- Nordstrom Rack
- Off Broadway Shoe Store
- Nike Factory Store
- Vans Skate Park (42,355 sq ft (3,935 m2))
- Dave & Buster's (59,955 sq ft (5,570 m2))
- Lucky Strike Lanes (25,015 sq ft (2,324 m2))
- Bose Factory Store
- The Children's Place
- Converse Outlet
- Hollister Outlet
- DKNY Company Store
Former anchors and majors
- Hilo Hattie (furniture outlet)
- Ron Jon Surf Shop (Neiman Marcus Last call)
- Steve & Barry's (furniture outlet)
- Virgin Megastore (Off Broadway Shoes)
- Borders Books & Music (25,088 sq ft (2,331 m2))
- "The Block at Orange Directory of Mall Stores". Simon Property Group.
- "$30 Million Shopping Center Set in Orange". Los Angeles Times. February 22, 1970. p. J26. (Subscription required (. )) Alternate Link via ProQuest.
- 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.
- "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.
- Young, Karen Newell (November 27, 1987). "City Shopping Center in Orange Offers Wide Range of Gift and Specialty Stores". Los Angeles Times.
- 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.
- Nguyen, Hang (October 11, 2011). "The Block at Orange changes its name". Orange County Register.
- Nguyen, Hang (August 27, 2011). "Three apparel stores open". The Orange County Register. p. Business 4.
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