The Market Place (Orange County, California)

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The Market Place
Location Tustin and Irvine, California, USA
Opening date 1988
Developer The Irvine Company
Architect Ricardo Legorreta
Leason/Pomeroy Associates
No. of stores and services 122
Parking Parking lot

The Market Place (also known as the Tustin Market Place or the Tustin/Irvine Market Place) is an outdoor shopping center located in Orange County, California straddling the border between the cities of Tustin and Irvine. Opened in 1988, the center is located along Jamboree Road just northeast of Interstate 5. Anchor stores include Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Dick's Sporting Goods, Lowe's, The Home Depot, Target, Toys "R" Us, Babies R' Us, and a Edwards Theatres. The property is owned by The Irvine Company.


The Market Place covers an area of 1.6 million square feet. The Market Place has more than 120 stores, restaurants, cafes and theaters. Designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, it consists of monumental but extremely simplified cubic forms, with anchor stores marked by massive towers roughly 70 feet (21 m) high displaying the store name. The center is also unique in that all the store signs are displayed in neon. The overall design operates on the idea that center's tenants add most of the color and character to the otherwise plain center, a concept that had previously (though unsuccessfully) been attempted with Britain's Tricorn Centre. The buildings are arranged in a ring around a large central series of parking lots and fast-food restaurants. The center on the whole has a "desert" look to it, with parking lots shaded under groves of date palms, and extensive rock landscaping around the perimeter of the center. The parking lots are illuminated by arrays of xenon floodlights set inside the peaks of 100-foot (30 m)-high towers. The buildings themselves are uniformly surfaced in bright orange, purple, and pink stucco.


The Market Place was constructed in three phases.

Phase I[edit]

Construction of Phase I began in 1988 on the Tustin (northwest) side of Jamboree Road, and this phase was opened in three distinct sections. The first section opened in 1988, with 400,000 square feet (40,000 m2) of space allotted for home improvement and furnishings/decor retail stores. The second section of Phase I opened in 1989, with 240,000 square feet (22,000 m2) of soft goods, apparel and electronics stores. The third and final section of Phase I opened in 1990, with 120,000 square feet (11,000 m2) of restaurants, services and a six-screen Edwards Theater.

Phase II[edit]

In 1996, Phase II of the Tustin Market Place opened on the Irvine (southeast) side of Jamboree Road. This phase expanded the Market Place by 420,000 square feet (39,000 m2), adding stores, restaurants and a 10-screen Edwards Stadium Theater.

Phase III[edit]

Construction of Phase III followed this, also on the Irvine (southeast) side of Jamboree Road, opening in 1999. Another 420,000 square feet (39,000 m2) of retail space was added to the Market Place in this phase, which included home improvement and furnishings stores, a large food court, and a Target store.

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