FRESH FACE: Del Amo Fashion Center’s south side — with its Seventies design and fluorescent lighting — is a final reminder of what the mall once was and what it hopes to leave behind when a multiphase remodel is completed this year.
The center, owned by Simon Property Group Inc., and located in the South Bay city of Torrance, Calif., is a 2.7 million-square-foot megamall, once the jewel of the region’s retail landscape that at one time boasted Bullock’s and I. Magnin. It’s now looking to put itself back in front of shoppers.
Work on that south side, previously anchored by Macy’s, is now under way with new entrances, fresh paint, LED lighting, tile flooring and glass handrails set to be completed by this summer.
Dick’s Sporting Goods is now set to take up the second and third floors of what was previously Macy’s, which had occupied three different locations at the center and consolidated into two last year.
The athletic gear and apparel retailer, set for a spring 2017 opening in its 83,000-square-foot space, will share the real estate with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores on the first level.
The latest news for the south side of the mall follows October’s opening of the center’s fashion wing, anchored by a new Nordstrom — a major win with the department store relocating from the South Bay Galleria — and about 100 new stores. The two-level wing houses Kate Spade, Hugo Boss, Vince Camuto, Michael Kors, Kiehl’s Tumi, Uniqlo and Zara among other apparel and restaurant tenants.