[IMGCAP(1)]SANTA MONICA, CA-Shopping center REIT Macerich has landed Bloomingdale’s as a tenant for the Santa Monica-based REIT’s redesign and repositioning of its 550,000-sf Santa Monica Place mall, which Macerich is converting to an open air venue adjacent to the popular Third Street Promenade outdoor retail and entertainment district. Bloomingdale’s will join Nordstrom—which Macerich announced last month as another anchor for Santa Monica Place—as a key addition that will replace the current Macy’s store at Santa Monica Place. Bloomingdale’s is scheduled to open in 2010 at the retooled shopping venue.

The decision by Macy’s Inc., to introduce Bloomingdale’s at Santa Monica Place “reflects the interests of the community,” according to Randy Brant, EVP of real estate for Macerich. He says that the decision to locate the Bloomingdale’s at the repositioned mall shows that the parent company “listened to local shoppers, who consistently voiced their interest in a different, more fashion-forward shopping experience at Santa Monica Place.”

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