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Retailer permits are approved for Patios

Mall plans to put tenant into the space formerly reserved for the Walmart Neighborhood Market

Posted: April 12, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 12, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Permits have been issued for a fashion accessories retailer to occupy a portion of the space where The Westfield Group had petitioned the city of Santa Clarita to locate a Walmart Neighborhood Market, said an official with the city.

Charming Charlie’s plans to move into 6,359 square feet of retail space on the east end of The Patios located next to the Sears store, said Jessica Frank, associate planner for the city of Santa Clarita.

The city has issued three permits; one to split the 30,399 square feet of vacant retail space, another for a fire sprinkler system, and a third permit to improve the space, Frank said.

The Westfield group originally proposed to place a Walmart Neighborhood Market in the vacant space early in 2013.
Response to the planned Walmart grocery included a great deal of criticism from local residents.

The city had also asked the retail center development and management company to make changes to their plan before approving any permits.

In January 2013, the proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market was pulled off city planners’ agenda at the request of the mall.

At the time, Westfield asked for a continuance on the issue saying the city recommended denial after eight months of discussions with the city, and a preliminary recommendation of approval by the city.

City officials, however, said the recommendation for denial was because Westfield declined to comply with three conditions for approval set forth by the city.

Those conditions involved architectural changes to keep the building in line with current community aesthetics, along with safe and easy pedestrian and shopping cart access between the proposed store and the lower parking near Sears. The city requested no elevated loading bays.

An executive with Westfield said she couldn’t comment on whether the company is dropping its plans to place a grocery store tenant in the space, or is planning to pursue it at a later date.

“I can’t tell you a whole lot, except, stay tuned for tenant announcements,” said Katie Dickey, executive vice president of communications for Westfield.




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