Tustin District getting a food, retail overhaul as it hits 10-year anniversary – Orange County Register

The District at Tustin Legacy, a sprawling lifestyle center anchored by Whole Foods Market and Costco, opened with much fanfare in 2007.

But smaller tenants have struggled to survive at the Vestar-owned center, which suffered as the Great Recession hit. Shoppers also have criticized the odd layout of the parking lots, a maze-like system that triggers parking gridlock during peak hours. As the center approaches its 10-year anniversary this month, marketing director Shannon Campbell said Vestar is refreshing its lineup as leases come up.

“Since we are coming up on 10-years for The District, it also happens to be the end of several leases and we’ve really seized upon this as an opportunity to bring in fresh new concepts and breathe some new life into our tenant mix,” Campbell said in a statement. “In addition to bringing in more than half a dozen new retailers and restaurants this year alone, we are currently getting close to finalizing negotiations with several exciting new tenants that we look forward to announcing soon.”

One of the most significant changes: Prego Ristorante, which closed its Irvine location earlier this year, is replacing Bluewater Grill.

Other stores exiting include Juice it Up and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill closed Sunday, July 23. Last month Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill said they chose to close their restaurant. The fresh-Mex chain said it chose to leave the center for various reasons, including pursuing other locations with “optimal on-site parking for guests.”

Juice it Up, a smoothie brand based in Irvine, is scheduled to close Saturday, Aug. 12. “Vestar terminated our franchisee’s lease,” marketing director Shauna Parisi said. “It’s really unfortunate. It was such a good…

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