About two years ago the European outlet mall company, MacArthurGlen Designer Outlets, opened its first North American site in Richmond, BC, near Vancouver. The site's designer wanted to make it a "people place", where shoppers could enjoy their time and linger. The developer deliberately sought out local restaurant favorites to get them to provide high quality dining experiences as part of the shopping center's ambiance, along with a regular rotation of food trucks and a public market that is, "...part food festival, part night market, part nightclub – feature licensed, ticketed events with DJs, bands, pop-up kitchens, craftspeople and artisans." By 2017 the development has clearly become a success; a major expansion is planned for 2018. Can Sacramento County ever have this kind of vision for Arden Arcade? Or must the community always have to settle for whatever speculative building pad, fast-food, convenience store or "fast casual" dining chain comes our way?
"We don’t build shopping centres so much as we create villages — a destination where people stay for the day and where there are always activities happening in addition to shopping."Robert Thurlow, General Manager, MacArthurGlen Designer Outlets