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Outlets at San Clemente celebrates first year, but where's all the food?

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The Outlets at San Clemente is celebrating its first year in business this weekend, with nearly double the merchants from opening day.

The center has grown from its initial 35 stores to nearly 60.

What’s still lacking at the outlets are food options. While retailers have been added incrementally over the last 12 months, food operators are still in building mode. The holiday season should put thousands of shoppers at the center. Developer Steve Craig’s team plans to have food trucks on hand to meet demand.

The center includes Panera Bread and Starbucks. Across the parking lot is a very busy Blaze Pizza. New food operators on the horizon include Ruby’s Diner, Rockwell’s Cafe & Bakery, and Slapfish.

Slapfish and Ruby’s will open in December. Rockwell’s will open in early 2017.

Two new retail additions include Luxury Mall and Owl Fish.

Fast-fashion brand Owl Fish is also opening a temporary store at the Outlets at Orange in time for the holidays.

Luxury Mall sells designer goods from Versace, Tod’s, Miu Miu, Prada, Celine and Marc Jacobs for a fraction of the price. It is the brand’s second location in the U.S.

On Friday, a Miu Miu bag which normally runs $2,950 was on sale for $945.The store often sells last season’s bags. All goods at the store were made to be sold at retail stores, not at outlets.

Sometimes, outlet stores have slightly different products than found at traditional stores specifically made for that price point.

“We’re trying to make this a lifestyle brand for our customers,” Darin Skinner, vice president and general merchandise manager of Luxury Mall said.

The store offers customers coffee, champagne and wine as they shop.

The Outlets at San Clemente as a whole has been working to give its customer’s an experience. The center has a VIP lounge with TVs, free food and drinks, a patio and $4,000 toilets.

Other stores that recently opened at the Outlets at San Clemente include Crocs, Grayse, Kitchen Collection, Le Creuset, LOFT Outlet, Bowlology AT&T, Nautica Factory Store, Flip Flop Shops, Zales Outlet, Pearl Izumi Factory Store, 2XU, Starbucks, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Blaze Pizza and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Craig, who developed the center, is an industry veteran. Many of the brands at the center are at Craig’s other outlet centers, including the Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles.

The Outlets at San Clemente is off the 5 freeway at Avenida Vista Hermosa. The center is part of the 248-acre Marblehead Coastal development approved in 2003 by the California Coastal Commission for 313 homes, the outlets, hiking trails, parks and a habitat preserve.

The outlet’s Spanish architecture features 341 archways and ocean and hillside peekaboo views.

Contact the writer: hmadans@ocregister.com or Twitter: @HannahMadans

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