180,000 SQFT Entertainment and Dining District Taking Shape at Former Westfield Topanga Sears Location

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By Catherine Sweeney 

After beginning construction in January of 2020, developer and owner of the Westfield Topanga retail center, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, is making progress on the retail center’s newest addition. Set to open in 2022, the project will transform a former 160,000 square-foot Sears department store into a new dining and entertainment district, offering additional retail and a state-of-the art dining hall. 

Located at 6600 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, the completed project will total 180,000 square feet and will include 60 new retail and dining additions. According to URW, major additions to the district include a 7,500-square-foot luxury Hermès boutique; a 55,000 square-foot AMC Theater with 12-screens; and Pinstripes, a dining and entertainment concept offering Italian cuisine and banquet space. 

“We’re so excited about this new partnership with Pinstripes as their unique offering is a perfect fit for  the dynamic experiences we are creating at our flagship centers across the country,” Colin Shaughnessy, executive vice president of leasing at URW, said. “As demand once again increases for places to gather—for business and pleasure—we look forward to introducing concepts like Pinstripes to our  premier destinations, and providing new opportunities for our guests to shop, dine, work and play.”  

According to URW, guests to the entertainment and dining district will be greeted by a brand new grand entrance featuring floating panes of triple-height glass. This will lead directly into a lit-up atrium, where visitors will find fireplaces, plenty of outdoor seating and a variety of sit-down restaurants, lounges, micro-breweries, cocktail bars and boutique shopping. 

“Westfield Topanga’s new Food Hall will pique the interest and flavor profiles of the culinary curious, the social foodie, and out-of-towners coming in for a weekend visit…” Westfield Topanga’s website states. “With its purposefully designed outdoor plazas and patios, curated galleries, and hideaways to hang out, Westfield Topanga’s new dining and entertainment district will become a fantastic focal point for the community to come relax and socialize any time of day or night.”

The dining hall will be the newest addition to the 30.18-acre Westfield Topanga retail center, which includes major retailers, such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Target,  Tesla, Apple, Microsoft and Anthropologie, among others. The retail center is directly connected to The Village, an open-air shopping district anchored by a 165,759 square-foot Costco. Together, the shopping districts encompass 350 shops, restaurants, and personal service providers. 

The approximately 30.18-acre site is located within the City of Los Angeles’ Warner Center Specific Plan area. The plan was adopted by the City in 2013 with the intention of creating a mixed-use, transit-oriented, downtown district within the San Fernando Valley. The eight-year plan includes several other projects including URW’s nearby Promenade 2035 project. The 34-acre mixed-use development would bring 1,400 residential units, two hotels and various retail and office space to the region. 

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to finally realize the full potential of this space and give San Fernando Valley residents the opportunity to enjoy world-class dining and entertainment close to home,” Kim Brewer, Senior Vice President of Development at URW, said.  “This project underscores our ongoing work to maintain Westfield Topanga’s position as a destination and economic engine in Los Angeles and builds upon a longstanding history of investment in the region.”

Founded in 2018, URW owns and operates 86 shopping centers across 12 countries, including the U.K., France, Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy. In its U.S. portfolio, the company’s tenants include brands like Golden Goose, Salvatore Ferragam, Aesop, Chanel Beauty, Christian Louboutin and more.