Westfield Century City
by Stephen Garner

Westfield Century CityThe grand opening of Westfield Century City, a celebration of the highly anticipated completion of the destination’s $1 billion redevelopment, will take place on Tuesday, October 3. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Westfield’s co-CEOs, Peter and Steven Lowy, will be in attendance for the occasion alongside community leaders, VIPs, local neighborhood residents, customers – as well as representatives of Westfield’s charity partner for the event, Infinite Hero Foundation.

Highlighting the day’s events will be the official opening of Century City’s new three-level Nordstrom and the full unveiling of the property’s outdoor plazas, landscaped terraces and events and entertainment space – designed by Westfield’s in-house studio in collaboration with L.A.-based designer Kelly Wearstler.  The October 3 milestone is also significant in that a majority of the destination’s 200+ shops and restaurants will be open for business, with additional retail and restaurant arrivals to continue thereafter, including Eataly, which will open later in October.

Century City reflects the changing nature of Westfield’s global flagship portfolio as the company continues to create cutting-edge retail and leisure destinations defined by a careful curation of offerings. Century City’s unique mix of fashion retail, food, health, wellness and fitness is designed to fulfill evolving consumer needs – everything from a daily trip to the gym or grocery store, to an afternoon shopping and relaxing with friends or a special dinner out.

With consumers’ desires for memorable experiences playing a larger role in their discretionary spending, the center includes a new 18,000 square-foot state-of-the-art entertainment and events venue called the Atrium – as well as smaller, private event and reception spaces – able to accommodate everything from large-scale ticketed events to intimate receptions and black-tie affairs.

“With our grand opening celebration, Westfield’s vision for Century City, and our portfolio more broadly, continues to be revealed,” said William Hecht, Westfield’s chief operating officer in the United States.  “With a curation of the very best in fashion, chef-led restaurants and fresh food, health and wellness amenities, art, music, and entertainment all coming together in a setting that celebrates the best of the Southern California lifestyle, Westfield Century City will be like no other place in Los Angeles.”

Westfield Century City will also include the debut of the world’s first-ever permanent Uber Lounge and multiple new Uber stations – all designed to facilitate ridesharing to and from the property.