The doubters may have to eat their words.

It may be tough to imagine, but the Anaheim Garden Walk is actually going to open one day. Allegedly that day is fast approaching: Spring 2008. The whole site is under heavy construction (finally) and Excel Realty Holdings has updated the tenant list with the latest confirmed occupants.

The notable names are: Abercrombie & Fitch, Holister, Mac, H&M, Marble Slab, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, M&S Grill, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Victoria’s Secret, Banana Republic, PF Chang’s, California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Tommy Bahama, Bath & Body Works, Aveda, Harley Davidson, US Olympic Shops, Chico’s, Kay Jewelers, Rocky, Mountain Chocolate Factory, AMF Bowling, 24 Hr Fitness, and Johnny Rockets.

There is also a theater, a couple of bars and spa moving in and still there are many vacancies. You can bet the people at Simon Property Group (formerly The Mills) who operate The Block @ Orange, are holding their breath right about now. The redevelopment section of their web site doesn’t mention anything on the horizon for The Block. They’re either crazy or in denial.

The whole Garden Walk project is in phased development, so don’t expect it all to open at once – especially those three planned hotels. You won’t see those in action for several years – and you might be surprised at who some of the rumored potential tenants are **cough**cough**insertyourfavoritecoperategianthere**cough**cough**.

So the grand opening might not be quite as grand as you’d think, but at this point the long delayed development is probably lucky to be opening at all.

4 Comments so far

  1. Matt Jones (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 8:56 am

    Except for a few notables (e.g. AMF Bowling, Harley Davidson) the tenant list looks like the list for every other mall in the area. Most of all the other typical mall stores are based on prototype designs ensuring that they are almost the exact same store as in all the other malls. Do we really need more shopping malls that are largely indistinguishable from all the other malls?

  2. Dave Share (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    Yes…..we need many more H&Ms!! I’ve been in withdrawls since my forst visit in NY 5 years ago. Only this year have I been able to fill my need, but to have one this close makes me happyyyyyy!

  3. Jon (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 1:57 pm


    The proximity of the Garden Walk to the Disneyland Resort is the key. Believe it or not, there are many people without access to many of these stores and making the shopping experience so close to all the tourists is an outstanding idea.

    Also, if a certain mega-corporations build some hotels there, it’s going to be a bonafide direct hit!

    And yes Dave is correct, there are never enough H&Ms =)

  4. Matt Jones (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 1:03 pm

    Good for the touristas and those who make livings and profit from them. But meh for me.

    Never been aware of H&M. but the website graphics looks somewhat familiar. I see they are Swedish, but they don’t look like the Ikea of clothes?!?!? They’re already at the Irvine Speculum and South Coast Plaza which are both closer to me in MV than Garden Walk will be. Anyway, it appears that H&M is much too metrosexual for me. In fact, I’m somewhat metrophobic and very uncomfortable with three guys discussing clothing stores. So I’ll end this now.

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