The shopping center built on the site of the historic police station opens to shoppers Monday. NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi spoke with Jennifer Gordon, VP of Marketing of The Headquarters.
A new shopping and dining center opened Monday along the Embarcadero in the same area as the former San Diego police headquarters.
The plaza is called The Headquarters because it takes the spot of the former San Diego Police Department headquarters that closed in 1987.
The $40 million space includes 100,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment near Seaport Village.
“We see it as a complement to Seaport Village which has always been a tremendous success, a great place to go, take relatives and enjoy,” said Terramar Retail Center CEO Steve Bowers. “This is sort of a next step.”
Thirty shops and restaurants are housed in four buildings set around a courtyard.
Simply Local, described as a Parisian bazaar with various vendors, is located in an area that used to house jail cells. The Cheesecake Factory and Seasons 52 now stand where the old “car barn” was. The former police station file room is now home to the Mexican eatery, Puesto.
Developed by Terramar Retail Centers, the center preserves a small piece of the old police building. Of the three cell blocks, eight jail cells were preserved so shoppers can walk through and take pictures of themselves in old-style jail cells. There are also photographs of the department and the way it was used over the years.
“All the stores will be open and we want to make it a home for San Diegans,” said Jennifer Gordon, VP of Marketing of The Headquarters.
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