With lease negotiators working on deals with sought-after retailers such as H&M, Hollister and Banana Republic and restaurants such as Bar Louie, the new developers of the 19.3-acre, 60-store Anaheim GardenWalk are hoping to finally bring to a close the saga of the project, which has languished for nearly seven years, leaving passers-by wondering what was to become of the fenced-off vacant lot just east of Disneyland's main gates.
Construction is expected to begin in May with stores opening in October 2007. The first of three proposed hotels, from 11 to 13 stories high, and a 400-unit timeshare could be completed by mid-2008. Two more hotels could be built by 2010, for a total of 1,200 new hotel rooms in the complex.
Fashion-forward clothiers including Banana Republic, ALDO Accessories, White House/Black Market and Ann Taylor Loft are in negotiations to reserve a spot.
Deals with restaurants including the Elephant Bar, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and McCormick & Schmick are in the works, Stone said. A movie theater is a possibility.