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Looks like the Santa Monica Place overhaul, which is going to turn the site from a Frank Gehry–designed indoor mall to an open-air shopping center, had been delayed again. Earlier this year, owner Macerich announced that the mall would open in the middle of 2010, but LA Now reports today that it's been pushed back to that August. The blog doesn't list a reason for the setback, but we did note back February that Macerich was trying to cut back and slow things down as a way of coping with the recession.
What we can expect when the place does open: A Bloomingdale's and a Nordstrom's, acting as anchor stores; a slew of big local and national brands like Kitson, Coach, True Religion, BCBG Max Azria, Ed Hardy, and Joe's Jeans; and, of course, fresh ocean breezes.
· Santa Monica Place postpones its reopening ... again [LA Now]
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· Boutiques to Santa Monica Place [Racked]