Karen S. Kim
MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Little by little, the Burbank Empire Center
has been shaping up.
The 103-acre shopping center is nearly completed with just a few
businesses still scheduled to open in the next few months.
Great Indoors, Michael's, Staples, Courtyard by Marriott, Olive
Garden, David's Bridal, Men's Wearhouse and a few eateries in the mall's
food court have yet to open their doors, but Burbank residents have been
flocking to the open businesses already, developer Ben Reiling said.
"It's been honestly better than we expected and better than the
tenants expected," said Reiling, president of Zelman Development Co. "The
reception has just been fabulous. Everyone has been doing above their
The Burbank Empire Center is bounded by Empire Avenue to the north,
Buena Vista Street to the west, the MetroLink rail tracks to the south
and Victory Place to the east. The $250-million project includes 400,000
square feet of office space and 620,000 square feet of retail space.
INSIDE BURBANK EMPIRE CENTER
Great Indoors, with Starbucks inside*Mid-April
Linens 'N' Things*Open
Extended Say America*Open
Courtyard by Marriott*To be announced
Countrywide Full Spectrum*Mid-April
Great Steak and Potato Co.*Mid-April
Cupid's Hot Dogs and Ice Cream*Mid-April
Allianz office building*Mid-April