What to expect at Broadway Plaza in 2023Feb 02, 2023 10:42AM ● By Pam Kessler
Shops, restaurants, a health club, bocce ball and bowling are some of the additions Walnut Creek will see at Broadway Plaza in 2023. The open-air East Bay shopping destination will welcome more businesses this year, including luxury brand Louis Vuitton, athletic club Life Time, and Pinstripes, a place for food, fun, and events.
Other new brands include: Allbirds, Allen Edmonds, Blue Nile, Chanel Beaute, Brilliant Earth, Intimissmi, and Swarovski. San Francisco’s legendary Italian-American restaurant, Original Joe's, is bringing its signature dishes, classic cocktails, and iconic booths to the former Stanford’s restaurant space in 2024. And when PF Chang’s lease expires in June, expect a new culinary concept to take its place.
A date for reopening Broadway Plaza Street to cars—a public road that runs through the heart of the shopping center—remains unknown.
Officials for Macerich, who own and operate Broadway Plaza, have not disclosed specific plans for the 87,000-square-foot former Neiman Marcus building. Home décor and furniture retailer, Crate & Barrel, is temporarily leasing the space during renovation of their new permanent location at 1201 S. Main Street.
“While we were certainly disappointed to see Neiman Marcus leave, this does present an opportunity to transform the space based on market demand. Broadway Plaza is a very valuable asset for us. As a leader in reshaping the retail real estate industry, we have a track record of successfully replacing department store anchors with other retail and mixed-use, and we look forward to announcements at a later time,” said Shelly Dress, general manager Macerich, Broadway Plaza.
Perched on a prominent corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Main Street, the former Neiman Marcus site is a dream location for a boutique hotel, but unlikely due to height constraints under Measure A.
Since first proposed in 2008, building height has been an issue at this location, requiring an unprecedented ballot measure and voter approval to build the department store. The initiative was ultimately approved by Walnut Creek voters in 2009, after a $2 million campaign.
In October 2022, The Registry reported Macerich purchased the free standing 4,800-SF building at 1401 Mt. Diablo Blvd for $9.95 million—$3,980 per square foot. The purchase of the retail site adjacent to the former Neiman Marcus raises speculation about the prospect of multiple tenants on a reconfigured site.