Two new redevelopment projects have been announced by developers and owners of two major shopping center on Hwthorne Blvd in Torrancve.
Simon Property Group, the majority owner of Torrance's Del Amo Fashion Center, at the end of February announced details of the long-awaited mall redevelopment.. The initial phase of redevelopment focused on the end of the mall north of Carson Street. Included were a new and relocated food pavilion to replace the existing food court, new mall furniture, flooring and storefronts and as many as three new mall anchor stores on the mall's north end.
For now, Simon intends to largely ignore the portion of the mall south of Carson Street. Eventually, the company foresees ripping the roof off to make it an outdoor mall -- which longtime residents note is what it was in the first place. These imrovements are expected to be phased in over several years.
Regency Centers, a national owner, operator and developer of grocery-anchored and community shopping centers, has begun construction of South Bay Village, a 109,293-square-foot neighborhood center anchored by Orchard Supply Hardware and HomeGoods. The center isl ocated just south of 190th street in Torrance,.Scheduled anchor openings begin in September 2012.
Built on the site of a former Kmart, South Bay Village will include a 49,687-square-foot Orchard Supply Hardware, 25,109-square-foot HomeGoods, a future 30,000-square-foot anchor food store and one outparcel. Wal Mart has been rumored to be evaluating the center for a grocery store, based on changes farther south on Hawthorne Boulevard opposite Del Amo Fashion Center, where Wal-Mart has changed its plans for the 75,000-square-foot former Mervyns it is renovating to no longer include a grocery component, The grocery store originally was to have taken up about 25 percent of the floor space.
The existing building of South Bay Village will be renovated and expanded with a new exterior facade, upgraded architectural components, new signage, lighting and parking lot improvements.
Demolition of a portion of the northerly part of the structure formerly occupied by a Kmart tire department is under way to make room for an exterior nursery at OSH.
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