Two more high-end retailers are planning to join the retail explosion at 9th/Broadway in Downtown LA: OAK NYC and A.P.C. (Photo: OAK NYC and APC)
Okay, we all know that 9th/Broadway is totally on fire! The once desolate intersection at the cusp of the Historic Core and Fashion District is quickly becoming the hub of some serious retail activity in Downtown LA as both Acne Studios and Urban Outfitters prepare for an opening later this month and Aesop and Tanner Goods are planning a Jan 2014 opening. Don’t forget Ace Hotel is also opening on Jan 15, 2014 and Tarina Tarantino’s Sparkle Factory opening summer 2014. So could this get any better? The answer is a resounding yes! Add two more high-end retailers to the growing list: indie store OAK NYC and global French fashion line A.P.C.
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The beautiful historic Rialto Theatre neon marquee was relit tonight as Urban Outfitters prepares for a grand opening on Dec 19, 2013 (Photo: Hunter Kerhart)
Behold! The most beautiful sight to see in all of Downtown LA: The historic 1917 Rialto Theatre neon marquee — dark for numerous decades due to sad urban decay — was relit tonight after successful restoration work by Urban Outfitters as the clothing retailer prepares for a grand opening on December 19, 2013. Readers of DTLA Rising sent in numerous photos from various angles showing the amazing restoration of the historic theater signage now brightly lit with neon tubes illuminating the block near 8th and Broadway. Truly a beacon of hope for the future of Broadway and the growing strength of Downtown LA urban revitalization.
More cool shots below!
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Workers add the finishing touches on the newly restored Rialto Theatre historic marquee in preparation for Urban Outfitters opening soon
One of the most exciting retail developments to happen in Downtown LA in recent memory was last year’s announcement that Urban Outfitters was planning to open at 8th and Broadway. Exciting not only because of a new popular store coming downtown but what it means for the rest of Broadway’s future. The deep pockets that a mainstream retailer like Urban Outfitters have definitely benefit the efforts behind Broadway’s revitalization. Mainly, the complete restoration of the historic Rialto Theatre’s beautiful marquee as well as the rehab of the interior theater space activating it with a viable economic purpose that becomes catalytic (read: attracting other businesses to open along Broadway).
Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works will be opening brand new stores at FIGat7th (relocating from Macy’s Plaza down the street)
A lot of women (and some men) will be happy to learn that their favorite lingerie line, Victoria’s Secret, and bath products store, Bath & Body Works, will be opening brand new stores at FIGat7th by early spring 2014 (so the rumors were right!). The two stores, both owned by Columbus, OH-based Limited Brands, will close their current locations in The Bloc (aka Macy’s Plaza) and relocate to FIGat7th just down the street.
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A new 15,000 square foot CVS Pharmacy is coming to 7th/Spring in Downtown LA
So it’s official! A brand new CVS Pharmacy is coming downtown soon. Slated for a late 2014 opening, the new CVS will be taking over a
15,000 13,800 square foot corner space on the ground floor of the beautiful historic Van Nuys building on the SW corner of 7th/Spring. According to the listing agent Derrick Moore, a commercial broker with Avison Young who represented the building owner, the lease was just fully executed and finalized. Initial demolition work has already begun inside the space clearing the way for CVS to begin construction once plans and permits are approved by the city.
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The new Aesop pop-up shop is now open on 9th Street near Broadway while the permanent Aesop store is under construction next door
The exciting evolution of Downtown LA’s retail scene continues with the opening of Aesop’s new chic pop-up shop on 9th Street located next door to their future permanent store currently under construction on the corner of 9th/Broadway. The pop-up, which just opened last Thursday, takes over a vacant space once occupied by Connie’s Cut ‘n Style hair salon and will be open through the holidays until the permanent store debuts in Jan 2014.
After a $40 million makeover that was completed last October 2012, FIGat7th is expected to open all stores and restaurants by May 2014
Since the sparkling new $40 million FIGat7th makeover opened last October 2012 with the grand opening of City Target, many Downtown LA residents and office workers have been waiting eagerly (and impatiently) for FIGat7th to finally finish leasing out the entire shopping complex. Over the last year, FIGat7th has added some serious muscle when it comes to its tenant mix. In addition to City Target and Sport Chalet opening and the announcement of Zara and H&M coming next spring, a solid lineup of exciting eatery concepts within the TASTE food court have also made FIGat7th into a downtown dining destination, especially during the lunch rush and now even into the afternoon. Once all the eateries are open, creating synergy between each other, there should be a stronger dinner crowd as well.
So what’s next?
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The new LA H&M flagship store at 32,000 square feet will open at FIGat7th in 2014
The exciting retail news for Downtown LA just keeps coming! Rumors about H&M opening at FIGat7th had been swirling around for several months after Zara announced their 27,000 square foot LA flagship store in May. Then yesterday afternoon, the LA Times confirmed that a massive 32,000 square foot H&M will, indeed, open at FIGat7th in 2014 offering the “whole gamut” of the H&M clothing collection including: men’s, women’s, lingerie and maternity, accessories, sports, and children’s apparel. What I wanna see is H&M Home added to the Downtown LA location, which is still missing from the entire U.S. market.
Further evidence of Downtown LA’s growing attraction, a new wellness retailer has relocated from Silver Lake (near Sunset Junction) to the Historic Core near 5th/Main
I always love seeing new businesses open in Downtown LA, especially when they’re relocating from another location as I view it as another sign that Downtown LA is becoming more attractive and growing in relevancy in the region. That’s why I’m excited about a new wellness retailer called Create Your Health Teas that just opened in late September near 5th and Main at the Rosslyn Lofts (right next to also-new businesses Your Neighborhood Studio from Culver City and Curio Los Angeles selling trendsetting clothes for men and women). The new store owned by Peter Bedard — selling teas, herbs, and spices — relocated to its current location in the Historic Core from retail-rich Silver Lake near Sunset Junction.
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A new vantage point revealed in this rendering of the Hope Street side with an updated Sheraton Hotel entrance
Feast your eyes on the newest renderings of the exciting $160 million makeover of The Bloc (formerly Macy’s Plaza) located in the heart of Downtown LA’s Financial District bounded by bustling 7th Street, Flower and Hope, as well as 8th Street to the south. The 1.8 million square foot mixed-use project will be transformed from the current eye-sore, brick fortress into an updated, modern commercial hub of 400,000 sf of retail, 750,000 sf office, and a $40 million updated 485-room Sheraton Hotel that will contribute significantly to the unprecedented urban revitalization happening in Downtown LA.
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Rental buildings owned by Barry Shy, SB Main (seen above) and SB Spring (on the left), is in the process of being converted to condos
A downtown resident sends in a very interesting development happening at two of Barry Shy’s rental properties in the Historic Core: SB Spring and SB Main, two beautiful 12-story historic structures sitting side-by-side along 7th Street. According to a Notice of Public Hearing (announcing a hearing that already happened last month on Sept 26), these two rental buildings are currently in the process of being converted into condominiums through a tentative tract map that will permit the sale of 421 individual live/work condo units as well as 20 commercial condo units on the ground floor. As adaptive-reuse projects, these condos will require zero parking.
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Curio Los Angeles is a new boutique selling men’s and women’s clothing located near 5th and Main in the Historic Core
A new retail boutique called Curio Los Angeles, selling trendsetting men’s and women’s clothing, has opened on 5th Street (between Main and Spring) on the ground floor of the Rosslyn Lofts just a few doors down from a new dance studio called Your Neighborhood Studio (from Culver City). Curio adds to an amazing independent retail district forming on 5th Street that’s helping to establish the Historic Core as a creative hub for one-of-a-kind businesses in Downtown LA including: Beautiful Fül, Last Bookstore, and Buzz Wine Beer Shop.
Two very exciting retailers, Tanner Goods and Aesop, will take up the corner of the beautiful art deco Ninth and Broadway building in Downtown LA
Ninth and Broadway is on fire! I have confirmed with ANJAC, the downtown-based entity that owns the gorgeous art deco Ninth and Broadway historic edifice, that the two corner retail spaces on the ground floor (next door to UMAMIcatessen) have been successfully leased out to two very exciting retailers. The space directly at the corner of 9th and Broadway, where a check cashing center used to be, will become a beautiful new Aésop cosmetics store. The space adjacent to Aésop will become Tanner Goods, which is a high-end apparel store from Portland, Oregon. Both spaces are just over 1,000 square feet each.
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The new 27,000 square foot Zara LA Flagship store is now under construction at FIGat7th
This past spring in May, the exciting news was announced that Zara — the trendy fast fashion retailer from Spain selling high quality clothes and accessories for women, men, and children — is coming to FIGat7th in Downtown LA adding to the growing list of national retailers opening downtown and contributing tremendously to our urban revitalization. The new store, facing Figueroa, will be a ginormous 27,000 square feet, making it the largest location in Southern California out of about a dozen total locations (that figure includes LA, OC, and San Diego).
Blends, the hyper-trendy sneaker and apparel boutique at 4th and Main, is relocating to the Fashion District into a commercial loft space (seen on the left)
Blends store near 4th and Main in the Old Bank District is a hyper-trendy boutique selling the latest sneakers and apparel including Comme des Garçons. The shop, on the ground floor of the Banco Popular building, is one of the first pioneering retailers to open downtown in 2006. It’s also the first business that I recruited first-hand to Downtown LA when I began my downtown career in 2004 at the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (say that three times fast). I met the owner of Blends store, Tak, at The Lab in Costa Mesa, which is a supposed “anti-mall” designed to “look urban” stuck in an ocean of Orange County suburbia. I convinced Tak that Downtown LA — with its truly authentic urban setting — would be a perfect fit for his store. We eventually found him the spot near 4th and Main, and the rest is history.
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