Since opening in 1979, Woodbridge Village Center has been a cherished amenity for Woodbridge residents and others throughout Irvine and Orange County. We're taking everything that people love about the shopping center and transforming it into even more of a community gathering place.
"We listened closely to what the community wanted to see at Woodbridge Village Center, and this $30-million reinvestment is the result of what we heard," said Dave Moore, president of Irvine Company Retail Properties.
Woodbridge Village Center will still be the ideal spot to watch a movie, enjoy a meal with family and friends, grab a cup of coffee or just somewhere to get comfortable and take in the beautiful scenery, but with the reinvestment comes exciting new amenities and updated features.
The Center has always been at the heart of the Woodbridge residential community and this reinvestment will ensure its future will be secure for generations to come.
FEATURES & HIGHLIGHTS
- $30-million reinvestment
- Freshening the architecture for a California Ranch feel
- Woody and Bridget, the beloved frogs, will return after a bit of rejuvenation
- Introducing improved parking
- Installation of a new elevator
- Reducing square footage by nearly 15,000 square feet to allow for an enhanced "front porch" community gathering spot
- Upgraded amenities and landscaping
- Unobstructed views of North Lake and the picturesque local mountains
- Welcoming new tenants to complement longtime favorites
March 2017: More exciting news to share! Sessions West Coast Deli, known for its inspired, chef-crafted sandwiches, has signed a lease to open at Woodbridge Village Center this fall. For co-owner Matt Meddock, opening at Woodbridge means coming full circle.
“This is a homecoming for me since my family is from Woodbridge and I grew up shopping right here at Woodbridge Village Center,” said Matt. “We’re all about community and we’re so excited to come to Irvine.”
As a matter of fact, Matt’s father, Ken Meddock, also happens to be a longtime tenant at the Center and his real estate consulting business will be located right upstairs from his son’s sandwich shop.
The new 1,160-square-foot eatery will be located in the new CorePower building and will feature an outdoor dining patio. Sessions will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, including its critically-acclaimed sandwiches, breakfast burritos and gourmet salads. Additionally, the deli will offer full barista service, along with a selection of beer and wine.
Sessions West Coast Deli proudly boasts a scratch kitchen, where housemade sauces, sides, salads and soups are prepared in-house daily. All sandwiches and toasts are made to order with fresh, locally grown produce.
Matt’s menu recommendation? “My signature sandwich, the Meddock Melee (with roast turkey, jalapeno jack cheddar, vine-ripened tomato, onion, cherry pepper, housemade guacamole, sprouts, adobo buttermilk dressing – all on fresh-baked ciabatta). Because it’s the very first sandwich idea I ever wrote down on paper and it encapsulates all the flavors that come to mind when I think of Southern California.”
January 2017: We're excited to announce that Yogurtland, one of the most popular and largest frozen yogurt chains in the U.S., recently signed a lease to open at Woodbridge Village Center. We look forward to celebrating the grand opening next summer. Also exciting: CorePower Yoga's new home is officially open!
In other news, beloved local orthodontist Dr. John Moutsatson has announced his retirement at the end of the year. Moutsatson has been a practicing orthodontist for 40 years and has a reputation for being caring and friendly to all of his patients. Dr. Moutsatson has been a longtime Woodbridge resident – he opened his practice in 1980, making him one of Woodbridge Village Center’s original tenants.
“I have lived in Woodbridge since 1979 and we raised our family in this great community,” said Dr. Moutsatson. “It’s a bittersweet retiring, but I am looking forward to having some time to enjoy life.”
Come by and wish Dr. Moutsatson well before month’s end!
December 2016: Pardon our dust and construction activity, as we are doing all the necessary work to make way for exciting new restaurants, shops and an expansive community plaza. Barricades are installed, and we anticipate the removal of "Building C" to take place by the end of 2016 to make way for the expansive views of the lake. While the end result of the reinvestment will be beautiful, we appreciate your patience during all of the activity.
Everyone's favorite Woodbridge couple, Woody and Bridget, will be heading out on vacation soon for some much needed R&R - and to get a little rejuvenation of their own. Residents can look forward to the return of the refreshed pair of beloved frogs once construction is complete on an all-new, bigger and better courtyard and dining patio.
For residents who'd like a digital memento of the courtyard hand-painted tiles, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 2016: The first phase of reinvestment activity is in the final stages of completion, including the installation of a new elevator and CorePower Yoga's new location. We received approval from the City on the second phase of the reinvestment, which includes the demolition of the former CorePower Yoga building, new facades for the other buildings, and construction of the new plaza. You will see that Woody and Bridget will be departing the plaza so that we may begin the work on the new, expanded plaza. You will find them on the barricades if you want to snap a photo!
October 2016: Focus Dance Center for the Performing Arts has signed a lease to relocated to Woodbridge Village Center. This award-winning commercial dance studio, currently located at University Center, is highly recognized for their amazing diversity of dance styles for the tiny dancer, kids, college students and adults alike – from the beginner to the advanced. With more than 250 classes, their professional training and their positive and safe environment unite the experience and the strong balance between the Art of Dance and the Entertainment of Dance! Their new location at Woodbridge Village Center will include additional and larger studio rooms, better parking, a new interior, and easier drop-off and pick up in a central Irvine location. Grand opening date is still being determined.
September 2016: The $30-million reinvestment plan for Woodbridge Village Center went before the Irvine Planning Commission and was approved. We are now in the process of obtaining the appropriate permits to do the approved work. Activity at the Center is ongoing and will become more visible later in the fall.
July 2016: As work continues, you will notice that barricades are going up around and within the Center. The most pedestrian-friendly access is on the Barnes & Noble and Woodbridge 5 Movies side of the shopping center and parking lot. The other parking lot is open, but there is modified pedestrian access. Tenant updates: CorePower Yoga, Dancing Keys Music Studio, Eye Contact Optometry, Dr. Robert R. Loomis, DDS, and Pedego have moved into new suites within the Center.
June 2016: Construction begins with the demolition of one building as well as exterior improvements to the remaining buildings and the installation of a new elevator. Directional signage is posted for customers and tenants regarding parking and pedestrian access during this activity.
April 2016: The community is invited to get a first look at the $30-million reinvestment plans for Woodbridge Village Center at an open house on Saturday, April 16 from 1pm to 5pm.
February 2016: Irvine Company announces a major $30-million reinvestment in iconic Woodbridge Village Center.