The Grove at night.
The Grove at night.

Justin Bieber Store at the Grove a No-Go: Shopping Center's Fans Breathe Sigh of Relief

Sorry, girls. It looks like that Justin Bieber shop that was proposed for the Grove shopping center in the Fairfax district is a FAIL for now, according to reports.

A Bieber spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times "everything had fallen through. It's not happening."

This after we had the nerve to trumpet it as the next coming of Hey-soos if you're between the ages of 8 and 12. Oh well. Good news, perhaps, for Grove shoppers through ...

... Our commenter of the day, Woodymcbreairty, says the Grove is becoming to big for its britches.

Since it opened in 2002 adjacent to the Farmer's Market, the shopping center -- with its Apple store, Nordstrom, Barnes & Noble and Victoria's Secret -- has become a go-to spot for celebrities, rich Westsiders and people watchers.

It seemed to suck the life out of Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade overnight.

Despite its lackluster architectural reviews -- mainly for creating yet another commerce center in L.A. that turns its back on the street -- we kind of like the Grove, as do many. It feels like a town square, albeit an artificial one.

Others have a love-hate relationship with its Disney-ness -- and its crowds.

Says Woodymcbreairty:

The Grove has already become a zoo - sort of - with all the show biz stuff going on - attracting crowds of star struck people, it's a mob scene. I's a wonder the stores actually do any business amid all the hoopla.

Is the Grove played out?


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