South Coast Plaza Celebrates 55 Years of Quality
Director of Public Relations and Communications
COSTA MESA, Calif. (2022) — South Coast Plaza celebrates its 55th anniversary as the premier luxury shopping destination in the U.S. Through March 2023, the center will mark this significant milestone with vibrant, new additions to its retail and dining collection, exciting events and special collaborations.
Renowned for its unrivaled curation of luxury and fashion brands, restaurants, arts patronage and philanthropic partnerships, South Coast Plaza is widely recognized as an international destination. In 2021, record annual sales exceeded $2 billion, reinforcing South Coast Plaza’s position as the most successful planned retail destination in North America. With 275 boutiques and restaurants, the center remains privately owned by the Segerstrom family.
“South Coast Plaza marks its 55th year by building upon its storied heritage – from its unparalleled collection of luxury brands, unique mix of boutiques, extraordinary services, experiences and special events to its charitable and community relationships, and unwavering support for the arts,” said Debra Gunn Downing, spokeswoman for South Coast Plaza. “We are delighted to celebrate with our retailers, restaurants, community, philanthropic and arts partners, employees and millions of visitors that have played a role in our continuing success.”
Notable new developments at South Coast Plaza are taking place during the anniversary year:
South Coast Plaza will add 25 new boutiques and restaurants in late 2022 and early 2023. This anniversary year saw the opening of the much-anticipated new and expanded Hermès boutique, a new West Coast flagship for the French luxury house. Other new arrivals include fine timepiece and jewelry boutiques Tudor, Breitling, Hublot and Roger Dubuis and second boutiques for Louis Vuitton and Chanel.
A FINE JEWELRY AND TIMEPIECE COLLECTION LIKE NO OTHER
With the recent arrival of Buccellati, Audemars Piguet and Tag Heuer and the upcoming Tudor, Breitling, Hublot and Roger Dubuis openings, South Coast Plaza is now home to the largest collection of luxury jewelry and timepiece boutiques – 35 stores under one roof – in North America.
Van Cleef & Arpels
In late 2021, Knife Pleat by chef Tony Esnault earned a Michelin star, becoming the only French restaurant in Orange County to receive this accolade. The center continues to cultivate its dining collection with several new restaurants this year, especially chef-driven concepts. Recently opened restaurants include Petrossian at Tiffany, highlighting caviar specialties, Tableau Kitchen and Bar by chef John Park, MOULIN, an outdoor Parisian-inspired café, Populaire, showcasing French technique with international flavors by chefs Ross Pangilinan and Nicholas Weber, and Mian, featuring Sichuan-style noodles by chef Tony Xu. Debuting in 2023 are Calo Kitchen + Tequila, offering contemporary Mexican cuisine, Ramen Nagi, the Tokyo-based ramen shop from chef Satoshi Ikuta, and upscale Italian restaurant Teatro Angelina.
Populaire Modern Bistro
SUPPORT FOR THE ARTS
South Coast Plaza’s loyal support for the arts continues through the anniversary year with patronage of the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), which will open in October at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus. The museum, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, founder of Morphosis Architects, is the final element in the Segerstrom family’s long-standing vision for the arts and cultural center. In addition, the retail center supports Segerstrom Center for the Arts, American Ballet Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Carnegie Hall, The Getty, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Pacific Symphony, Bowers Museum, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Playhouse, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
South Coast Plaza marks its 55th year by building upon its storied heritage – from its unparalleled collection of luxury brands, unique mix of boutiques, extraordinary services, experiences and special events to its charitable and community relationships, and unwavering support for the arts. We are delighted to celebrate with our retailers, restaurants, community, philanthropic and arts partners, employees and millions of visitors who have played a role in our continuing success.
DEBRA GUNN DOWNING
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MARKETING, SOUTH COAST PLAZA