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Anaheim GardenWalk adds entertainment, food options

March 17,2017 18:35

Anaheim GardenWalk has welcomed a handful of new stores in an effort to revitalize the center. Last year the 460,000-square-foot center, which opened in 2008, told the Register about its plans to shift the mall from retail to entertainment and food in ...



Anaheim GardenWalk has welcomed a handful of new stores in an effort to revitalize the center.
Last year the 460,000-square-foot center, which opened in 2008, told the Register about its plans to shift the mall from retail to entertainment and food in order to lure more guests.
The center, just a block away from Disneyland, is banking on a relocated House of Blues to drive foot traffic to the center. Here are some of the other major changes being made at GardenWalk:
• Artists Republic Gallery: The gallery, which had been in Laguna Beach for six years, moved to GardenWalk in February.
Artists Republic Gallery has been working on a mural project at GardenWalk. Once finished, the group will have more than 15 murals on the second floor created by artists showing other work at Artists Republic Gallery.
• Grasslands Meat Market: The restaurant is scheduled to open March 23 next to salsa club Rumba Room Live. The restaurant features barbecue and steak. It also has music, an open kitchen and a bar.
At the restaurant, customers choose a cut of meat which can be prepared in a variety of ways.
• Go VR Gaming: The store opened in March next to Red Apparel on the Main Level. It’s like an arcade for virtual reality games. Customers also can book parties and corporate events.
• Rumba Room Live: The Latin nightclub opened in December. It has a dance floor, live performances and can hold 1,000 guests.
Rumba Room made its debut in 2000 at Universal CityWalk. It was founded by Ralph Hauser III. After his death, his wife Delia Hauser took over the business.
• Sockerbit Sweets + Swedish: The candy shop is scheduled to open in April and will offer a variety of Scandinavian candies.
A handful of other unidentified tenants are being negotiated for the center as well including traditional retailers and entertainment venues, a GardenWalk representative said.
GardenWalk is hosting a grand opening March 23.
“We are proud of the transformation Anaheim GardenWalk has undergone, and are excited to unveil our new entertainment tenants to the community, tourists and visitors from all over Southern California,” said Robin Weeks-Wynne, Senior Director, Marketing and Tourism, Anaheim GardenWalk, in a statement.
Arcturus Group, one of three groups that acquired GardenWalk in 2012, previously told the Register its turnaround plan is focused on adding more food and entertainment venues to the center – a trend that is playing out in malls across the country.
The group, along with Avenue Capital Group and Elliott Management, announced plans to revamp the center and add more entertainment options when they purchased GardenWalk.
Contact the writer: hmadans@ocregister.com or Twitter: @HannahMadans

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