Look for lots of exciting changes at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Some already happened.
Leading the charge, Bang & Olufsen, manufacturer of audio and video products, completed its move to a chunk of the open shop space near Dillard’s, formerly occupied by Brentano’s.
Mall manager Steve Helms won’t reveal who has dibs on the rest of the space until a pending deal is done. Socrati, South African-based luxury shoes and accessories store, opened this week. And so did Marciano, a store sporting Guess’ luxury brand, named for the founding — and still ruling — family. The company is launching several Marciano boutiques in major metro areas. Scottsdale Fashion Square got the first Arizona version.
A couple more shops opened at the new retail complex next to Fry’s Marketplace at 90th Street and Via Linda. They include First Nails & Spa and 1-800-Flowers.
A couple of franchises have moved into the area, targeting Scottsdale and other East Valley cities. Hand and Stone Massage Spa already opened its first Arizona location at 15233 N. Northsight Blvd. in Scottsdale. A Chandler location, 2875 W. Ray Road, debuted a couple of weeks ago.
New versions at 31309 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale and 4940 E. Ray Road in Phoenix are planned for March. The chain promises luxurious massages with a distinctly nonluxury price tag.
Also keeping Scottsdale on the radar is Juice It Up, a smoothie bar chain, based in — where else? — Southern California.
The first local Juice It Up just opened in Tempe at 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, barely a river-width from south Scottsdale.
The company said to watch for some north-of-the-river locations to be announced soon.