Westfield UTC shows off new look

Changes include new stores, luxury movie theater

SAN DIEGO - Last-minute preparations are under way just hours before the Westfield mall at University Town Center unveils its new look Thursday night.

The University City mall, which has spent $180 million in renovations, has changed everything from redesigning each storefront window to building a new movie theatre, and implementing a resort-style shopping center.

The expansion has brought in 15 new stores -- five of which are making their debut in San Diego. One of the new stores belongs to automaker Tesla, where shoppers can actually custom make their own electric car in the store.

Westfield Shopping Center spokesman Tom Tierney said the changes have brought in 2,400 jobs to the market.

"We're actually going to be boosting retail sales by $128 million, which will add another $1.2 million to the sales tax revenues," said Tierney.

Mall officials said one thing that hasn't changed at Westfield UTC is the pet-friendly environment.

Visitor Eileen Hope said she has been coming to Westfield UTC every day for that very reason. She told 10News the upgrades give her more places to shop and eat with her dog in tow.

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