Rebirth of a Retail and Dining Destination

The El Camino Shopping Center of Woodland Hills to celebrate its grand re-opening on Saturday, November 18, bolstered by a Tuscan-themed event with free entertainment, food, drinks and more.

El Camino Shopping Center, located at the intersection of Mulholland Drive and Avenue San Luis, is a 135,000 square-foot retail and dining destination serving the Woodland Hills community. The center, operated by Regency Centers, was recently given a $13 million upgrade – a formidable renovation featuring the newest Bristol Farms store format. Intended to re-introduce the public to the El Camino Shopping Center, the grand reopening celebration on Saturday, November 18 promises fun for all ages while offering food and beverage samplings from select El Camino Shopping Center eateries and restaurants like Maria’s Italian Kitchen, Tonino’s Place Pizzeria, Starbucks, Jamba Juice and Blu Jam Cafe from 3 pm to 6 pm.

“The grand reopening of the El Camino Shopping Center offers an opportunity for residents of Woodland Hills to enjoy all the newly-renovated complex has to offer,” explains Patrick Conway, Regency’s Vice President and Market Officer. “El Camino has been a beloved destination in Woodland Hills for several years. With a new Bristol Farms and facade upgrades, improved parking, fresh sidewalks and landscaping – it’s an ideal and enjoyable environment for neighborhood shopping and dining.” Bristol Farms will be opening on November 11.

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The November 18 Tuscan-themed outdoor celebration will include samples from El Camino’s eateries, a photo booth, face painting and more, such as live entertainment featuring John West. With its freshened façade and sought-after businesses, such as the aforementioned Bristol Farms, the reimagined center serves as the perfect setting for its grand reopening event, according to organizers.

In addition to Bristol Farms and CVS, the center is also home to such merchants as The Boiling Crab restaurant, Thai Chaba, Blu Jam Café and more. “The grand reopening is an opportunity to sample some of these great restaurants while enjoying live music and fun for the kids,” adds Conway.

Regency Centers saw an opportunity to freshen the El Camino strip mall when Bellingham, Washington-based Haggen Inc. filed for bankruptcy after a “failed foray” into the California market, according to Conway, who notes, “When Haggen went out, we were able to lease the area to Bristol Farms, a space that’s roughly in the middle of the shopping center; the 30,000 square-foot space is the largest at El Camino and was home to a VONs supermarket for years.”

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Cypress Retail Group, representatives for Bristol Farms in the transaction for the El Camino Shopping Center reopening, has been ecstatic about the upcoming event; as Tim Genske, a lead Cypress representative, puts it, “Cypress has been working for several years to find the right locations in the San Fernando Valley for Bristol Farms, and Bristol executives believe this is a tremendous spot for the first Valley store. Situated adjacent to the 101 Freeway, the El Camino Shopping Center location allows Bristol to serve customers in both Woodland Hills and Calabasas, as well as the West Hills/Hidden Hills communities north of the 101.

“Bristol’s core customer base in Westlake Village can get to the store in 15 to 20 minutes via the freeway, not taking into consideration weekday rush hour traffic.”

Regency Centers is responsible for such mega-successful developments as Village at La Floresta – which celebrated its one-year anniversary in April 2017 – and The Village at Tustin Legacy, scheduled to celebrate its grand opening on November 18.

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