55th Anniversary Press Information

Highlights from 55 Years at South Coast Plaza

DEBRA GUNN DOWNING
Executive Director, Marketing

LISA LIDDANE
Public Relations Director

1967

On March 15, South Coast Plaza opens with 70 stores, anchored by May Company and Sears

1973

The center expands with a new wing featuring Bullock’s and 60 more stores

1976

South Coast Plaza introduces luxury boutiques such as Courrèges, Halston and Mark Cross

1978

Nordstrom opens its first store outside the Pacific Northwest

South Coast Repertory opens across from South Coast Plaza on land donated by the Segerstrom family

1979

Saks Fifth Avenue opens

1982

Yves Saint Laurent opens its only Orange County boutique

1986

South Coast Plaza expands, adding a new building with 60 stores, J.W. Robinson’s and The Broadway

Nordstrom expands to 235,000-square-feet, the company’s largest store

Orange County Performing Arts Center opens across from South Coast Plaza on land donated by the Segerstrom family and names the main theater Segerstrom Hall

1988

Tiffany & Co. opens its only Orange County location

1990

Chanel debuts its only Orange County location

1997

Hermès opens its only Orange County location

2000

Designed by renowned landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson, the Bridge of Gardens and Garden Terrace open, connecting the two main wings of South Coast Plaza

2002

South Coast Plaza surpasses $1 billion in annual sales

2006

The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall debuts at Orange County Performing Arts Center 

2007

Bloomingdale’s opens its 300,000-square-foot Southern California flagship

Harry Winston

2008

Balenciaga, Rolex, Harry Winston and Piaget open boutiques

2010

Louis Vuitton opens a private VIP atelier

Cartier

2011

Cartier expands to nearly 6,000 square feet, becoming the second largest Cartier boutique in the U.S. 

Orange County Performing Arts Center is renamed Segerstrom Center for the Arts in recognition of the Segerstrom family’s leadership and support for the arts           

2012

Roger Vivier opens its West Coast flagship 

Vacheron Constantin, IWC Schaffhausen and Jaeger-LeCoultre open Orange County- exclusive boutiques

Jaeger LeCoultre
Roger Vivier

2014

Din Tai Fung, the Taiwanese restaurant group famous for its dumplings, opens its exclusive Orange County location

2015

Chanel opens an expanded boutique, an Orange County exclusive, designed by starchitect Peter Marino

Dolce&Gabbana, Celine and Moncler debut exclusive Orange County locations 

A. Lange & Söhne debuts on the West Coast

2016

The Webster opens its first West Coast location

Vaca, a Spanish-inspired restaurant by “Top Chef” finalist Amar Santana, opens 

2017

Dior Men and Stella McCartney open exclusive Orange County boutiques

Gianvito Rossi opens its first and only West Coast boutique

Gianvito Rossi
Stella McCartney
Louis Vuitton

2018

Givenchy debuts its only West Coast boutique

Alexander McQueen opens its only Orange County boutique

Louis Vuitton opens an expanded Peter Marino-designed boutique, which features the largest single- level retail floor in the Americas for the brand, the first permanent home for the Objets Nomades furniture collection, the first in-store workshop and resident artisan studio in the U.S.

Terrace by Mix Mix, a restaurant by award-winning chef Ross Pangilinan, debuts

Orange County Museum of Art opens a temporary location at South Coast Plaza Village

2019

South Coast Plaza launches By Design, a comprehensive digital guide to personalization, customization, made-to-order, made-to-measure and bespoke services at its boutiques – the first of its kind in the U.S.

Moynat opens its exclusive West Coast boutique

Knife Pleat, a contemporary French restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, debuts in The Penthouse

Marugame Udon opens its exclusive Orange County restaurant

Knife Pleat
Tiffany & Co.

2020

Tiffany & Co., an Orange County exclusive, opens its expanded new boutique, doubling its previous footprint.

Thom Browne opens its first West Coast boutique

Monique Lhuillier opens its exclusive Orange County boutique, the largest showroom for the fashion house

Celine debuts an expanded boutique

2021

Audemars Piguet, an Orange County exclusive, opens

Baccarat, an Orange County exclusive, debuts an expanded boutique at The Penthouse

Knife Pleat receives a Michelin star

South Coast Plaza achieves record annual sales of more than $2 billion

Knife Pleat
Audemars Piguet
Hermès

2022

Hermès opens a more expansive and redesigned Orange County-exclusive boutique, which features the full breadth of the collections from the French luxury house

Buccellati debuts an exclusive Orange County boutique