2014-01-02 / Business

Bowling alley, Nordstrom Rack among additions to Janss mall

By Anna Bitong

Residents can look forward to big changes at the Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks as plans ramp up for the opening of a new retail store and a combined bowling alley and skateboarding area.

Nordstrom Rack, the discounted retail division of Seattlebased Nordstrom, is scheduled to open by fall 2015 in the Sears building at 145 W. Hillcrest Drive, the company announced this week.

Haider Alawami, the city’s economic development manager, said that Sears plans to downsize to make space for Nordstrom Rack and other retailers yet to be announced.

The Janss Marketplace store will save shoppers from having to take trips to the Nordstrom Rack in Woodland Hills, the nearest location, he said.

“People can’t wait,” Alawami said. “I have no doubt it will be successful.”

Alawami had met with Sears representatives before plans to open the retail store were finalized.

They discussed plans to add more stores at the Sears location, upgrade the exterior of its building and improve parking and landscaping.

But Alawami didn’t find out about plans for a Nordstrom Rack until they were announced Dec. 3.

“It was surprise to all of us. They kept it under wraps until (Tuesday),” he said.

Sandy Sigal, CEO and president at NewMark Merrill Companies, which owns the Janss Marketplace, said Nordstrom Rack “totally appealed to the familyfriendly, family-oriented goals for the Janss Marketplace” and fits in well with the other clothing stores at the 450,000-square-foot shopping center, which include Marshalls, Old Navy and Burlington Coat Factory.

“It’s great with the current mix. It doesn’t overlap,” Sigal said. “When you couple it with the full-service Nordstrom (at The Oaks mall) you’re giving consumers in Thousand Oaks an option to get more value pricing.”

Also in the works at the Janss Marketplace is a recreation center in the former Linens ’n Things store.

Dubbed DaddyO’s Skater Bowl, the venue will include a bowling alley, indoor skateboarding area, arcade, and a 21-andover restaurant and lounge open on weekends.

Thousand Oaks’ last bowling alley—Conejo Bowl—closed in 1995.

Sigal said plans for the project will move forward at the beginning of the year, adding that the center will be a great addition to the mall as it seeks to offer more entertainment to families.

“It’s what we’ve been holding out for,” the CEO said.

Jon Coulombe, CEO of DaddyO’s California, said the idea for a bowling alley is close to his heart.

The entrepreneur, a resident of Washington who grew up in Thousand Oaks, teamed up with a group of childhood friends for the project.

“We’re very excited about the project,” he said. “This is something my friends and I have been talking about since we were little kids.

“Most of the investors are local. We think it’s going to be a great asset to the mall and the community.”

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