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Designed by Frank Gehry, Santa Monica Place—the 570,000-square-foot mall adjacent to the Third Street Promenade—closed at the end of January for a complete and much-needed makeover by retail developer Macerich. Slated to re-open by 2009, it will leap into Century City/The Grove territory in terms of mall-ertainment with high-end retail in an open-air shopping experience, rooftop dining included. Still no list of retailers on the site, but we do know that Macy's is staying open for business during the process. The Third Street area will become even more of a madhouse, especially during the summer months when "more than 50,000 people travel to downtown Santa Monica every day," per a just-released California Apparel News article.
· Two Days Till Death of Gehry's Santa Monica Place [Curbed]
· Santa Monica Stores: Countdown to the Busy Season [California Apparel News]