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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".

  1. 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.

    1. 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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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        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.

        1. re: josephnl

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

      2. 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!

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

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          1. re: JAB

            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 ...

            1. re: JAB

              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.

              1. re: JAB

                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.

                1. re: Harry Nile

                  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!

                  1. re: Harry Nile

                    Great move :-)

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

                    1. re: Harry Nile

                      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.

                      1. re: Harry Nile

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

                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                          "...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....

                  2. 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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                    1. re: judithgraves

                      Local paper reported this over 3 months ago!

                      1. re: judithgraves

                        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 !

                        1. re: mikester

                          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.