Simon tells GlobeSt.com that it is making u201ca significant, multi-million dollar investmentu201d in the center, but no specific amount was disclosed.

PALO ALTO, CA—Stanford Shopping Center, Northern California’s premier shopping destination, will undergo a significant makeover. Simon, a global leader in retail real estate, today announced it will be updating the center to provide the public with a significantly transformed environment that will reflect the region’s upscale and outdoor lifestyle.

Simon tells GlobeSt.com that it is making “a significant, multi-million dollar investment” in the center, but no specific amount was disclosed.

Expanded pedestrian areas and gathering places, additional shops and restaurants, and a dramatic, contemporary architectural streetscape are just a few of the improvements to come. The design plan remains true to the center’s history of casual elegance in a spectacular garden setting that has captivated Bay Area residents and visitors alike for nearly 60 years.

Shoppers will also enjoy expanded merchandise offerings from retailers new to Stanford Shopping Center and upgraded presentations from some of our existing retailers, including the new, much-anticipated Bloomingdale’s store currently underway.

Construction will soon begin on the addition of approximately 20 to 30 small shops and five new restaurants in the former Bloomingdale’s area. The shops in this new area will be connected by a covered pavilion for “easy pedestrian flow and a sense of community, creating a welcoming space destined to be a popular gathering spot.” Energy-conserving technologies and building materials will be incorporated into the design and construction of these new buildings.

Embracing the outdoor lifestyle that is paramount to this region of the U.S., a new open plaza “Outdoor living rooms” will also be added throughout the center. In the pavilion near Louis Vuitton, an open-air fireplace with surrounding seating is likely to become another focal point during cool weather, Simon says. Three designated locations in the outdoor environment will also feature signature art from local artists.

“This project will not only transform the Center’s look and feel, but it will make Stanford Shopping Center an even greater part of the community and destination for visitors,” says Joshua Kalkhorst, mall manager of the Center. “With the addition of outdoor gathering places, the new architectural look and the added specialty shops and restaurants—Stanford Shopping Center will continue to be at the head of the class for retail in the Bay Area.”