By  on July 16, 2008

The second phase of Anaheim’s $600 million GardenWalk retail-entertainment project opened last month, and additional stores will launch through the summer.

The total number of tenants will ultimately be about 100, including a collection of stores such as Hollister, Ann Taylor Loft, Sunglass Hut and Skechers. Still to open this summer are Georgiou, Madison & Co., a 24-Hour Fitness, O’Neill, Chico’s and White House|Black Market.

The first phase of the long-delayed center, which includes waterfalls, gardens, upscale theatres and a bowling alley, opened last fall and consisted solely of restaurants such as Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, P.F. Chang’s and McCormick & Schmick’s.

The retail phase was longer in the works and GardenWalk’s final phase is scheduled to open in two years, incorporating two hotels and 400 time-share units.

San Diego-based Excel Realty Holdings LLC bought the 29-acre site from Price Legacy for about $30 million three years ago.

Initially proposed more than a decade ago, the outdoor project, on the site of a former church, stalled after an economic downturn that followed opposition over signage and traffic from Walt Disney Co., which owns neighboring Disneyland. Disney now plans to run the development’s two hotel properties.

The final phase of the center includes two to-be-built hotels with about 860 guest rooms and a 400-unit time-share, scheduled to open mid-2010.

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