Here are the 14 food and retail shops coming to $200 million Irvine Spectrum Center expansion – Orange County Register

A rendering of the new alfresco paseos under construction at the Irvine Spectrum Center. (Courtesy the Irvine Co.)

Today, the Irvine Company released the names of 14 of 30 new retail and food shops coming to the Irvine Spectrum Center, one of the county’s busiest malls.

With the exception of Sephora, this first wave of restaurants and stores are expected to open by summer. A grand opening celebration of the center is planned Aug. 18, 2018.

85°C Bakery Café

Irvine is no stranger to Taiwanese sensation 85°C Bakery Cafe. The city was the first one in Orange County to welcome the international bakery, known for its sea salt iced coffee and inexpensive breads and pastries.

The first one opened 10 years ago at the Asian-themed retail center Diamond Jamboree. It has since grown to more than 20 cafes across Southern California.

Hello Kitty Café

The temporary pop-up store has been open for more than a year at the Irvine Spectrum. It finds a permanent home in the new expansion. The 1,700-square-foot cafe plans to have a bar, a beverage first for the Sanrio brick-and-mortar brand.

Stance socks

San Clemente-based Stance has grown into a pop-culture phenom by selling artistic and playful socks geared for “punks and poets,” according to its website. The socks garner fans from action sports enthusiasts to corporate executives. While the socks are found in dozens of boutique retail shops and department stores, this will be Stance’s 7th branded store to open in the country and the first in Southern California.

Sephora

This beauty store, on the northeast side of the expansion near the Giant Wheel, won’t open until 2019.  The international brand is one of two mega Sephora stores opening at Irvine Co. centers. The chain, which sells cosmetics, fragrances and skincare products, is also opening a new 5,400-square foot store at The Market Place later this year.

Afters Ice Cream

After Ice Cream is a local leader in the “food as fashion” movement. The flagship store opened in Fountain Valley, and became an internet sensation for its Milky Bun, a glazed doughnut tucked with a heaping scoop of ice cream.

BLK Coffee

Irvine-based BLK specializes in strong slow-dripped Vietnamese craft coffee.

The first cafe opened at the Google Center in Irvine in 2015. This year, the cafe is going into expansion mode. Co-founder Mai Tran said the expansion is fueled by the growing popularity of its niche products including “VTM” coffee,” sea salt coffee and Thai tea…

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