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Galleria name-drops on new tenants

By: Nathan Donato-Weinstein
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Attention, shop-a-holics: Prepare to watch your wallets. Intending to whet consumers' appetites for planned new retail, Westfield Galleria at Roseville officials on Wednesday announced several new tenants that will open as part of the mall's $240 million expansion effort. Tenants announced Wednesday are:
  • Sephora, a French beauty products retailer;
  • Lululemon, a yoga-inspired athletic apparel company based in Vancouver, British Columbia;
  • Lush, a UK-based hand-made bath, soap, body lotion and cosmetics company;
  • Oakley, the eyewear manufacturer;
  • BCBG, the upscale women's fashion chain which previously had a location at the mall. Officials were mum on the potential arrival of other retailers, namely boutiques of legendary jeweler Tiffany & Co. and luxury French fashion house Louis Vuitton, which have long been rumored to announce plans to open at the mall. Nor would they comment on a potential new tenant for the former location of Borders. As first reported in The Press-Tribune, the book retailer in the mall's Promenade closed in mid-January following disappointing sales figures there. The expansion, which began construction in 2006, will add more than 100 new stores to Galleria and increase its footprint to 1.4 million square feet. Already announced tenants include Apple, Burberry, Juicy Couture and Lacoste. The retailers' plans were disclosed amid scale models of the finished product at an event held inside the mall to update media and community members on the effort's progress. At the end of this expansion, we expect to have the premiere shopping destination in the Sacramento region if not in all of Northern California, said Larry Green, Westfield's vice president for West Coast development. At the announcement event, developers described a more efficient shopping experience, with key retailers clustered around central themes, such as family-centered shopping. An indulge yourself court would be flanked by upscale retailers like Crate & Barrel. One thing we're focused on is putting the right stores in the right places, Green said. Public spaces would also get an upgrade, with generous natural light and more numerous and higher quality seating amenities. A dining terrace will replace the current food court and provide more high-end eating choices amid fireplaces and special gathering niches. We think of it like a hotel experience rather than a few benches here and there, said Westfield interior designer Betty Duffy. Officials said the first phase of the expansion should open by fall 2008, with the rest following in summer 2009. Under-construction Cheesecake Factory, whose standalone building is under construction, should be the first new retailer to open in May or June, Green said. Meanwhile, The Gap has temporarily closed for renovations to its store. Reach Nathan Donato-Weinstein at nathand@goldcountrymedia.com