Westfield to renovate Plaza Camino Real in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Shopping mall owner Westfield Tuesday announced plans for a sweeping renovation aimed at turning the aging Plaza Camino Real in Carlsbad into an upscale, outdoor retail center.

The mall's roof will be removed and lush landscaping and intimate common areas added, according to the Australia-based company. The mall will feature national brand stores and local boutiques, sit-down and casual dining spots and other entertainment options.

"This concept is part of the ongoing evolution of Westfield Carlsbad and will provide the retail, entertainment and dining experiences local residents and visitors deserve, all in a gorgeous and uniquely Southern California environment," said Jerry Engen, senior vice president for Westfield.

"Most important, this is a result of a vibrant and constructive dialogue with the community that has allowed us to listen, learn, and create a one-of-a-kind destination that Carlsbad will be proud to call its own," he said.

Work is already underway on the east end of the more than 40-year-old shopping complex near state Route 78 and El Camino Real, which will get a new 24-Hour Fitness center, Regal Cinema and sit-down restaurants when completed later this year, according to Westfield.

Plans for the next, more transformative phase, will be submitted to the city of Carlsbad in a few weeks, Westfield officials said.

The Carlsbad Planning Commission is expected to consider Westfield's plans this fall. If approved by the City Council, construction on the second phase would begin early next year, according to the company.

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