A Southern California restaurant famous for having the world’s largest selection of beers on draft and a Mall of America-born gourmet peanut butter shop plan to tantalize Scottsdale Fashion Square shoppers’ taste buds within the next few months.
The Yard House restaurant, which is scheduled to start cooking in January but could open as early as December, and PB Loco, scheduled to open in October, are among a dozen retailers moving into or expanding at the Scottsdale mall, said Steve Helm, Fashion Square general manager.
The Yard House plans to open its first Arizona eatery in Desert Ridge Marketplace in northeast Phoenix this month. The Fashion Square version will be the second Arizona version of the Orange Countybased chain.
Yard House, which Helm said features "a great menu of moderately priced food and more than 130 beers on tap," will draw the evening crowds to the mall, he said.
Yard House also features classic rock music and diners can make special requests for the playlist by Internet, Helm said.
PB Loco, which peddles peanut butter in jars, sandwiches, wraps and soup, plans to open its first Arizona location in the Scottsdale mall, said Anita Walker, marketing manager for sister property Biltmore Fashion Park.
Also making its Arizona debut in Scottsdale is For Love, a new all-accessories concept by popular teen retailer Forever 21. The Fashion Square store, which plans to open in November, will be the second location for the new chain, said Shannon McMahon, senior leasing manager for the mall. The first For Love is in Southern California, she said.
Lush, which sells soaps and bath products and also plans to open in November, is another first-in-Arizona store.
Already in the market but new to the mall, are Flip Flop Shop, which sells hip sandals for men, women and kids, and a store called lucy, which sells women’s active wear. Both are planning to open in October.
Popular women’s clothing chain White House/Black Market said it will open a Fashion Square store sometime in the fall. Watch store Tourneau plans a November opening. And the long-anticipated Gucci store will move from Biltmore Fashion Park to Scottsdale Fashion Square in December, said Chris Stallman, senior marketing manager.
MaxStudio.com, which was displaced by Gucci a few months ago, will return within the next month or so, Stallman said.
Besides the new and returning stores, Coach, which has been constructing its expansion, plans to debut its flagship store Friday.
It will be more than double the size of the old Coach store and carry a full line of handbags and shoes, including limited-edition lines, Stallman said.
Luggage and luxury goods retailer Louis Vuitton is expected to complete its expansion in October.