Hollywood glamour comes to La Jolla for shopping center’s grand re-opening
by Mariko Lamb
Nov 14, 2012 | 115741 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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One year of construction and $180 million later, Westfield UTC is finally unveiling its fresh new look, imbued with sunny open-air plazas, beautiful gardens, a revamped outdoor dining terrace and an exciting new spread of retailers, restaurants and services available to discerning La Jolla shoppers. A fusion of sustainable cutting-edge design, environmentally friendly materials, eco-friendly amenities and a host of state-of-the-art shopping conveniences culminates in a smart, resort-style setting that reflects the community from which it was inspired. Airy pedestrian-friendly walkways, family-friendly amenities and play spaces, and relaxing lounges and seating areas make the reopening of the overhauled Westfield UTC a much-anticipated event by shoppers and University City residents alike.

Entertainment at Westfield UTC

For those seeking an escape via a premium movie-going experience, turn to ArcLight Cinemas to satisfy visual cravings in an optimized, undistracted viewing setting. The upscale 14-screen, 1,800-seat theater features comfortable extra-wide seats with double armrests, reserved stadium seating, digital projection and a dynamic range of blockbuster hits and one-of-a-kind programming to exceed any cinephile’s expectations.

Dining at Westfield UTC The unique dining experience at Seasons 52 offers a creative array of seasonally inspired farmer’s market fare that changes as often as the weather. With expertly created dishes, an award-winning wine list and knowledgeable staff in a casual but sophisticated environment, diners will get a taste of the season every week of the year.

Also new to Westfield UTC is Tender Greens, a dining establishment that brings farm-fresh flavors the plate with dishes sourced largely from fresh picks out of Scarborough Farms in Oxnard. With a commitment to creating natural, healthy fare, Tender Greens brings a sense of healthy living to the center.

Shopping at Westfield UTC Always on the cutting edge, Westfield UTC houses an innovative design studio for the automotive enthusiast. The brilliant minds at Tesla Motors are helping to accelerate San Diegans into the advanced realm where sleek, high-performance vehicles meet superior electric technology. The Tesla Motors design studio redefines the way cars are sold, with product specialists offering customers the opportunity to custom build their energy efficient vehicle to suit his or her every whim.

All this and more are available now at the new and improved Westfield UTC, located at 4545 La Jolla Village Drive. For more information about any of the new shops UTC has to offer, visit www.westfield.com/utc or call (858) 546-8858.

A red-carpet grand opening

Westfield UTC will re-open amid Hollywood stardom with international pop sensation Natasha Bedingfield and E! News host Giuliana Rancic providing entertainment for the celebration on Nov. 15.

Living World Entertainment will kick off the evening with a performance of “Oceana” at 6:30 p.m. followed by a check presentation to the Surfrider Foundation and a 7 p.m. fashion show hosted by Rancic. The all-star lineup will continue with a 30-minute acoustic performance by Bedingfield, followed by celebrity DJ Sid Vicious spinning beats at 8 p.m. at the Palm Plaza.

The event is free and open to the public at Westfield UTC’s Palm Plaza, located at 4545 La Jolla Village Drive.
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