Is Kaleidoscope Mall a Manfest?

An hour ain’t what it used to be at a local mall, but there’s hope—and new shops.

A day on Jupiter is 9.9 hours.

A day at takes considerably less.


Where “empties” refer not to beers dying manfully before sports bar patrons but to storefront windows covered in brown butcher paper, new shops are here, and more are on the way.

And near as we can tell, the fuel is testosterone.

In June 2010, Grubb & Ellis Co. announced Kaleidoscope's sale. Westport Capital Partners paid $22 million for the ailing 220,000-square-foot mall, from the special servicer C-III Asset Management LLC.

The 10-year-old mall is three stories on 5 acres of land and was then 62 percent leased.

G&E described Westport Capital as an “active, hands-on” manager that would pursue restoration of the retail center. The city of Mission Viejo applauded the effort.

Grubb & Ellis handles leasing: Mark Baziak, Terrison Quinn and Mark Joens, at 949-608-2000.

Bristol Farms had left, but Buffalo Wild Wings had arrived in April. Other tenants included restaurants—Islands, Riptide, the Derby—and the movie theaters and Laser Quest.

There’s also a Howie’s Game Shack and Rocco’s Pizzeria.

This suggests a guy-heavy theme to the mall. Burke Williams Salon and Day Spa is perhaps the odd woman out, and it does currently have a Color Me Mine and Jump ‘n Jammin, but evenings and entertainment would definitely belong to the boys:

  • Buffalo Wild Wings liked 500,000 cars passing the mall every day. More precisely, it wants some of them to stop.
  • Rockin B’s Burrito Bandito—a guy-heavy name for a food joint, if we ever heard one—is expected later this year.
  • The guy vibe continues. We hear a bowling alley has expressed interest.

So it’s dinner and a movie, or guy’s night out, rather than shoes and shopping.

In fact, you may notice a “girls vs. boys” battle brewing along Crown Valley Parkway, with the Shops at Mission Viejo of all ages, and Kaleidoscope aiming at boys, all in their mid-20s, or ones who think they are.

Right now the girls are winning, but if Kaleidoscope makes it, there’ll only be one question left:

Who has to park the car?


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