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josephnl Jun 29, 2009 08:36 AM

Does anyone have any info about when the new Dean & Deluca will open in Fashion Island, Newport Beach? The signs originally said Summer 2009, but when I looked a few weeks ago, they seemed to be nowhere close to opening....and I've been hearing rumors about a "delay".

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  1. The Chowhound Team Mar 30, 2010 02:49 PM

    Since it looks like this location isn't opening, we're going to lock this thread. If people want to discuss Dean & Deluca in general, please start a new thread on the Chains board.

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      judithgraves Mar 29, 2010 02:12 PM

      D & D's have pulled out of any Fashion Island idea. The space is empty and the shopping center does not know who will take the space. March 29, 2010

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        Philly Mar 30, 2010 08:44 AM

        Local paper reported this over 3 months ago!

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          mikester Mar 30, 2010 08:52 AM

          Although I had been looking forward to them coming here ever since it was announced waaay back when, I'm not sure them not opening here is a bad thing, after all.

          We visited the Napa Valley location a few weeks ago, and maybe I'm just getting jaded, but in this current economy, it just seemed out of whack on many levels - very decadent (how many "artisinal, gourmet" smoked salts do we really need, after all ? ) and very high markups all around. I used to lust after many of the items, but I came away a bit turned-off, honestly. We ended up having a tremendous burger at Taylor's Automatic Refresher, and loving it.

          We do have some really good resources for high-end products here in OC, they're just spread-out over numerous locations. I was just at Frog's Breath cheese shop in Orange last weekend, and picked up some amazing cheeses and a great wine at a reasonable markup, with some locally made baguette. Good stuff !

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            Das Ubergeek Mar 30, 2010 09:20 AM

            Dean and Deluca happily ignore the locavore movement. It's all about ice creams flown in from Berthillon and pernil serrà (that they get from La Española anyway) and fruit flown in from all over the world.

            While I'm not such a greenhouse gas alarmist as some people I know, this is pretty much Carbongeddon as far as food goes. If I lived in Wyoming and had no fresh vegetables in winter, it might be one thing, but I live in Orange County, and I can get decent country-style ham and ice cream and fruit and vegetables from within, say, 300 miles instead of 6000.

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        2. JAB Dec 24, 2009 08:13 AM

          Unfortunately, it's apparently not going to happen: http://retail.freedomblogging.com/200...

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            mikester Dec 24, 2009 10:41 AM

            Jeeze, that's a shame. Sounds fairly definite but maybe, maybe they'll reconsider or be enticed to go forward with their plans by the property management ...

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              mrsjoujou Dec 24, 2009 10:51 AM

              This is the kind of news I didn't need right before Christmas!! Why can't Orange county have a real gourmet store? Now I need an advil for my pain.

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                Harry Nile Dec 24, 2009 02:47 PM

                I searched the last month of the Wall St. Journal and found nothing about any change in Dean & Deluca's financial standing, so I sent D&D an email demanding either a full, complete, and timely explanation or, at least, a free tin of Beluga to help me get through this trauma.

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                  josephnl Dec 25, 2009 02:36 PM

                  It really is a shame. I'm very disappointed, especially since as I said above, as recently as a few weeks ago I was told by multiple sources that everything was a definite go. Really too bad!

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                    mikester Dec 28, 2009 08:24 AM

                    Great move :-)

                    Please let us know if and when you get a reply (or the caviar!)

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                      Harry Nile Dec 29, 2009 07:16 AM

                      I finally received a response from D&D. It was mostly boilerplate -- plus: "At this time we have no imminent plans to move forward in Newport Beach and for the time being, we will focus more attentively on our existing markets and website." (I had asked whether they were looking at other sites in Southern California.)

                      So, no offer of caviar, not even Texas caviar, the kind made from river-swimming black-eyed peas.

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                        Das Ubergeek Dec 29, 2009 07:52 AM

                        I got much the same response to a Twitter DM, though I was told the caviar is in the mail.

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                          Servorg Dec 29, 2009 08:45 AM

                          "...though I was told the caviar is in the mail."

                          You need to point out to them that you want the caviar in the *mall* and not the mail....

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                    josephnl Dec 16, 2009 03:17 PM

                    The last info re Dean & Deluca is that it will open in May or June of 2010. This info has been corroborated by three souces...DD offices in NYC, DD management at their Napa Valley store, and the Fashion Island management. All say the same thing. The opening was initially delayed to early 2010 by the tanking economy. It has now been delayed a second time because of a redesign of the bakery. It was decided to move the bakery/cafe to a location in the store where it could be accessed directly from the parking lot without entering the store. This is to allow the bakery/cafe to have longer opening hours than the rest of the store. This does make sense. So...if the latest rumors are correct, we'll have a DD in OC in about 6 months!

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                    1. Das Ubergeek Jun 29, 2009 09:11 AM

                      When I spoke to the manager at the New York branch a few months ago they said the economy had tanked and they were hoping for mid-2010.

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                        josephnl Jun 29, 2009 09:27 AM

                        Mid-2010 sounds more realistic. Looking forward. Especially like their cheese, charcuterie and smoked salmon offerings. Plus...it's really a fun place to browse.

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                          Phurstluv Jun 29, 2009 09:33 AM

                          Can't wait, but guess I have to rely on mail order for a while.

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                      2. Servorg Jun 29, 2009 09:05 AM

                        D&D's own web site originally said opening was scheduled for Fall of 2009. I can't imagine that they would be dialing that back to open sooner based on the state of the economy and the way that these things always drag out.

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