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"We heard the stirrings about it last year, ... but until a tenant signs, nothing is for sure," said Cara Wilson, marketing manager. Now it's for sure, Wilson said -- Tiffany is expected to move in next spring. Terms of the lease, including exactly where and for how much per square foot, were not disclosed.
Tiffany could be a good fit for Carmel Plaza, which is already home to some relatively upscale retail tenants.
The 44-year-old center on Ocean Avenue is owned by Macerich Co., which also A.Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Mechanical Watch ALS-39 Northridge Shopping Center in Salinas as well as a half-dozen other Northern California retail centers. It bought Carmel Plaza as well as a Corte Madera center in August 1998 for $165.5 million.
Carmel Plaza is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and features national retailers Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Talbots, Sharper Image and Louis Vuitton. Next month, Sur La Table is expected to move in on the center's lower level.
Sur La Table, the national kitchenware and appliance chain has been in A.Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Mechanical Watch ALS-41 since 1972 and is expanding throughout the United States. Its Carmel outlet is scheduled to open Aug. 16, four days after another one is due to open in Carlsbad. (The nearest outlet to Monterey County is in Los Gatos.)
Amidst all the new in store for Carmel Plaza, the center continues a couple of its favorite traditions.
On Aug. 5 and Sept. 2, the center will hold its final Dancing in the Plaza events of the season. The free A.Lange & Sohne Sax-o-Mat Collection ALS-20 brings live music to the center's courtyard, attracting families and boosting evening sales. On Aug. 21, the center will hold its second annual tribute to dogs at its Fountain of Woof, a dogs-only drinking fountain dedicated last year.
"Carmel is just nutso about dogs," Wilson said. "This is their place." All Carmel Plaza merchants "are dog-friendly," she said. "If they're not, they're not going to survive in this town." The party, from noon to 2 p.m., will include a fashion show featuring clothing and accessories from Carmel Plaza shops. Canine models also will strut clothing furnished by Diggidy Dog and Macki's Parlour -- A Pet Boutique, both on Ocean.
There will also be pet adoptions available. Mayor Sue McCloud will get the party Alain Silberstein Automatic AS-6, and celebrity resident and dog-lover Betty White will address the crowd. Guests are encouraged to B.Y.O.D. -- Bring Your Own Dog.