June Walnut Creek Mayor's Message
Jun 01, 2016 09:42PM
● By Loella Haskew
Loella Haskew, Mayor of Walnut Creek
Renew. Refresh. Reveal.
Over the last few years, the 64-year-old shopping center has made some changes, including the addition of new retail, expanded parking, enhanced pedestrian spaces, and better traffic access. Broadway Plaza is an important resource for the Walnut Creek community, which is why we invested to enhance its appeal for local residents, visitors, shoppers, and retailers over many years to come.
With traffic always a high concern for Walnut Creek residents, improving access and parking is top of the list in terms of priority. And enhanced pedestrian areas also contribute to something in high-demand: maintaining the charm and appeal of Broadway Plaza.
What work is Broadway Plaza doing?
· Construction began in March 2014 and was followed by new retail and center upgrades opening in phases beginning in fall 2015 and running through 2018.
· Phase I of the project’s master plan included the demolition and rebuilding of parking garages on South Broadway; expansion of the Macy's for Women store; face-lift, remodel and/or expansion of many existing stores on the east side of the property between Macy’s and Nordstrom; and improvements to traffic flow, pedestrian areas, and parking garages.
· Phase II plans include construction of two new two-story buildings on the west side of Broadway Plaza, where the former Macy's for Men location once stood, along with upgraded facades as well as new landscaping. The Macy’s for Men’s store consolidated into the newly expanded Macy’s for Women’s location in November 2015.
What has been done to date?
· The South Broadway Parking Garage on the Nordstrom side opened in November 2014, adding over 550 parking spaces to Broadway Plaza just in time for the holiday season.
· The first phase of retail began opening in November 2015. By year’s end, 14 new stores opened at Broadway Plaza.
· Macy’s expansion and renovation was complete in November 2015. Macy’s underwent a complete store renovation and expanded by 57,000 square feet, taking the store from 183,000 square feet to 247,000 square feet.
· The South Broadway Parking Garage on the Macy’s side opened in November 2015, adding 2,000 more parking spaces to that side of the property.
· The second phase of retail will be opening in June 2016. By summer’s end, over 20 new stores plus two kiosks will be open.
· The entire South Broadway Parking Garage will be complete, with a total of 2,500 parking spaces.
· Broadway Plaza Street, façade, and hardscape work will be complete by June 2016.
· The new event plaza, water features, and other shopper amenities will open in June 2016.
· Phase II of the project will start to open with a two-level Zara store in the former Macy’s Men’s location, as well as a new driveway connection between the Main Street Parking Garage and Broadway Plaza Street. This is scheduled to open Holiday 2016.
2017 / 2018
· A second two-level building in the former Macy’s Men’s location is slated to open, and new retail is also scheduled to open in the promenade area. More info to come in the future.
The New Stores Opening This Summer (June 2016 – August 2016):
Arhaus, Bath & Body Works, Boudin, Clarks, Cocola Bakery, GAP, Godiva, H&M, Hanna Andersson, J Jill, Lucky Brand Jeans, Papyrus, See’s Candies, Solstice, Soma Intimates, SoulCycle, Starbucks, Teavana, True Food Kitchen, True Religion Brand Jeans, Victoria’s Secret and White House Black Market.
New Kiosks (August):
Oceane and Wetzel’s Pretzels
New Stores Opening This Fall/Holiday (September – December)
Aritzia, Everything But Water, Tommy Bahama and Zara
As Phase I of Broadway Plaza’s renovation comes to an end, the celebration begins with two very special events coming this September. Mark your calendars for Party In The Plaza (Sept. 1) and Night of Thanks (Sept. 9).
Safety tip for June: School is out. Drivers, please pay special attention to youngsters who may be playing near the street. Running after a ball that escapes to the street might cause a child to be less than careful about oncoming cars.