55th Anniversary Press Information

Highlights from 55 Years at South Coast Plaza



Director of Public Relations and Communications


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


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


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


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



Saks Fifth Avenue opens


Yves Saint Laurent opens its only Orange County boutique



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


Tiffany & Co. opens its only Orange County location



Chanel debuts its only Orange County location


Hermès opens its only Orange County location


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


South Coast Plaza surpasses $1 billion in annual sales


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


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

Harry Winston


Balenciaga, Rolex, Harry Winston and Piaget open boutiques


Louis Vuitton opens a private VIP atelier



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           


Roger Vivier opens its West Coast flagship 

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

Jaeger LeCoultre
Roger Vivier


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


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


The Webster opens its first West Coast location

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


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


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


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.


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


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 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

Louis Vuitton opens a second boutique, dedicated to men’s fashion and accessories