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Post-Macy’s, Irvine Spectrum rebuilds


Irvine Retail Properties’ flagship shopping destination, The Irvine Spectrum Center, has demolished the 140,000-sq.-ft. Macy’s that opened there in 2002 and is erecting a new building in its place to accommodate up to 20 shops, according to a report in the Orange County Register.

Since it opened in the mid-Nineties, the Spectrum Center has established a reputation as a trend-setter. Its Edwards 21 Cineplex featured the nation’s first 3-D Imax theater. In 2006, it became the first retail center to house both a Target and a Nordstrom.

Spectrum Center focused on entertainment and expanded dining options early on, installing a carousel, a Ferris Wheel, and an ice-skating rink in the early in the early 2000s.

Its 50-odd eateries include Paul Martin’s American Grill, Tender Greens, and Pho Saigon Pearl, as well as Subway, Chipotle, and Johnny Rockets. Recently, it announced the expansion of its Curbside to Go program to six locations dispensing takeout orders from 21 restaurants.

Irvine is keeping mum about exactly which shops would inhabit the under-construction building. Its most recent lessees have included Reflections, Alex and Ani, Kona Grill, Pressed Juicery, BRIO Tuscan Grille, Del Frisco’s Grille, Umami Burger and TLT Food.

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