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RETAILING : Westminster Mall’s Metamorphosis Begins, With a Brighter Look Ahead

Compiled by Mary Ann Galante, Times staff writer

Demolition and renovation are in full swing at Westminster Mall.

Since summer, the mall has been pulling out ceilings, removing asbestos and “getting everything ready for the demolition,” spokeswoman Jane Reid said.

And last month, crews began tearing out the center court.

Details released this week about Westminster’s face lift include plans to build a glass, two-story, triangular structure in the center court. The area, which used to be food boutiques, will be converted into several shops, anchored by an as-yet-unnamed “high-fashion retailer,” according to the mall.

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The new center court will also include a fountain pool and an elevator enclosed in a glass column and accented with neon tubes.

Ceilings will also be renovated, with the existing steel structure exposed and painted and the present skylight widened to give more natural light--similar to the new interior at MainPlace/Santa Ana.

To help take the place of the food court, a new restaurant, Cafe 405, has already begun serving hungry shoppers. The cafe, designed as a courtyard in Art Deco style, is one of 14 food outlets that will eventually open at the mall.

The renovation will cost more than $10 million and is scheduled to be completed by November.

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