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Poll: Renovation of Manhattan Village

Is the proposed renovation of Manhattan Village overdue or overdone? Tell us what you think by voting in our poll.

Manhattan Village shopping center is in the throes of a major renovation/enhancement project that includes demolishing the building where the movie theaters were and two eateries are as well as demolishing Fry's.

What do you think of the overall renovation plan? Are you excited by it? Will you enjoy having an outdoor streetwalk experience near where California Pizza Kitchen and China Grill presently are? What do you think of the proposed parking structures?

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Natalie June 09, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I'm usually a big advocate of the saying "don't fix something that's not broken." However, in this case I believe developing business in our community is going to continue to make the city thrive and the business itself thrive. It is imperative to keep up with the changing times and other developing shopping center businesses in the area that have popped up and may or may not have future development plans. While I love Manhattan Beach Mall and think it is fine as is, it is always empty, (not that I'm complaining because I prefer to shop in peace), also the loss of the theaters, and the recent closing of Claire's, LA Food Show, even Koo Koo Roo hasn't been replaced yet, it's apparent that business might be struggling at there. Also, looking at that gads of people at shops and restaurants at centers like El Segundo Plaza, South Bay Galleria, Downtown MB, and even Del Amo it's no wonder the stores are closing. I'd actually enjoy a new shop/restaurant or two and I'd prefer to keep this mall open and and thriving so that I never have to shop the Galleria or Del Amo.
Cynthia Palm June 09, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I am bummed out about the idea of a parking structure. It is a known fact that consumers do not like parking in structures. My guess is that the City will slap meters in the spots as well- do we know? This poor mall has been redone many times and each re-doing doesn't necessarily make it better. I really hate the idea of a "big" mall concept in our neighborhood and I am sad to see the venue for independent films disappear. El Segundo has done a good job of grabbing the popular chain stores. What are we thinking will want to go here? And, do we need it, want it? I really do not think we do a great job in this area (retail planning) in the city. I think I represent a lot of typical female MB shoppers who do not shop downtown (pain to park - ridiculously expensive novelty shops) and instead scoot over to El Segundo to hit Anthro, Whole Foods, etc. Local surf shops aside - MB retail is impractical, mostly a snooze and certainly doesnt meet my needs. The Apple Store, Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn are nice but really how often do you need to go there? What we have in MB are far too many drug stores - with more in the works. Why? I am afraid of what the city will do next with this space. Certainly nothing forward thinking.....which is sad.
Bryan June 09, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Parking midday has always been an issue. I'd like to see some thought into having businesses that can bring in traffic during non-peak hours. At one time, the theaters were great, but moviegoers flocked to the newer establishments in adjacent cities. I'd like to see some businesses that are family friendly. Perhaps something that families can visit after school and on the weekends (i.e., roller skating rink, batting cage, etc.). Having shopping & eating in the same mall can be a win-win for everyone.
Howard Lowe June 10, 2012 at 07:44 AM
I do not like the idea of making MV larger. The draw to MV is the quaint mall, and I already fear doing so will bring or encourage undesired elements. That is exactly what happened to the downtown area near the pier. It lost a bit of the quaint and charm. I am all for progress, however, let MV be. Parking is going to be an issue no matter what.
Denise A. June 10, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Hi Natalie, I don't know about all the stores but the staff at Claires told me that the mall shut them down because they are trying to change the type of stores in the mall. Clearly the mall owners weren't thinking about the tons of young girls that live in our community and LOVED that store.
Travel June 11, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I go to the MV Mall because it is small. I can park, dash in for what I need, and dash out. They will lose my business if a parking structure is built and there are tons of stores to navigate.
Faith Lyons June 18, 2012 at 04:05 AM
If the mall stays as it is it will die. It needs to upgrade and expand or it will lose its key retailers (Macy's, Apple). This is the natural evolution of this mall. If we want to avoid another fiasco a la "Old Towne" in Torrance, we need to make sure the owners can move forward with their plans. Status quo is not an option; in today's retail market with all the competition, it's improve it, or let it degrade and die. I support expansion. And to the person who talked about what the "city" would do, the city doesn't do anything except approve or deny the owner's plans.
Cris Saricheff July 22, 2012 at 10:15 AM
Cristine The MB mall needs another anchor store such as Bloomingdales which carries high end merchandise. There isn't enough variety in the MB Mall. When I want a purse lets say from Gucci I either have to go online or drive to South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Manhattan Beach is a wealthy community so we should have a mall that reflects this.

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