San Clemente, California has some very unique shopping options available. There are not any traditional malls in the city, but there are still many different, and great, places to shop. This is an area where small cafes dominate the landscape instead of huge Starbucks.
One of the main places anticipated to shop in the future will be The Plaza at San Clemente. This high-end shopping center has been under construction by the Craig Realty Group, and will feature over 600,000 square feet of shopping in an area where many households bring in over $100,000 per year. It will feature many different outlets, a large movie theater, and different types of dining. This is part of the Marblehead Coastal Development that went bankrupt and the hope is that still will be developed in the near future. Although not the official website, some more information can be viewed at San Clemente outlets.
Currently, the main area to shop in San Clemente, though, is downtown on Avenida Del Mar. Mostly, this area houses local shops and places to eat. There are no chain stores or restaurants, which is a big draw for many of the tourists that visit this Orange County city. They love how friendly and courteous the staff and management of each store and restaurant is, unlike many of the experiences found at chain restaurants.
There is also a lot of retail space available for both lease and sale. This means that there is probably a lot more shopping on the way to San Clemente. Some of the more popular chains might be opening locations, though, after The Plaza at San Clemente opens. The Plaza will also bring in more tourism, which means more money for the area.
There is also shopping in the Talega area of San Clemente at the Talega Village Center. More information can be found at Talega Shopping.
Those looking for a unique shopping experience that is much different from traditional malls full of chain stores will love the downtown area of San Clemente. With little mom and pop stores, and locally owned and run trendy restaurants that are absolutely delicious according to many reviews, downtown San Clemente brings the laid back attitude of Orange Country to the shopping and dining experience.