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Malibu Village to add two new tenants: European Shoe Repair, lululemon athletica

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11:37 am PDT October 27, 2015

Malibu Village shopping center announced last week that final agreements were in the works to preserve European Shoe Repair’s presence in the center, while adding lululemon athletica, inc., as a new tenant. 

Both establishments are considered by the Malibu Village’s management company, Jamestown, as a core parts of an ongoing effort to sustain and enhance the retail mix in Malibu’s civic center.

European Shoe Repair owner Levon Akopyan has made Malibu Village home to his thriving shoe repair business since 1991. Securing the long-term future of this vital local business became an immediate focus for Jamestown, L.P.’s upon their acquisition of the center in May 2014.

“The team at Jamestown has been great to work with, going above and beyond to ensure I stay at my current location, which has been my home for over 25 years,” Akopyan said. “I am looking forward to continuing to serve the community I love people I am happy to call my friends.”

Central to Jamestown’s approach as an investor and manager is active listening and engagement with the communities in which it operates. In Malibu, residents have historically made clear their desire to ensure continued access to a variety of products and services.

“Levon is a treasure, both to Malibu Village and to the larger community. European Shoe Repair has played a central role in serving and defining this community for more than two decades,” said Jamestown President Michael Phillips. “We have worked tirelessly to ensure that Malibu retains its access to this distinct service. We have additionally focused on curating a tenant mix in Malibu that speaks to the active lifestyle of the community,” he continued.

Yoga-inspired athletic apparel company lululemon athletica is set to join the Malibu Village community as soon as the end of November. Known primarily for its women’s athletic clothing and its newly popular men’s line of fitness attire, lululemon’s hallmark is active engagement in the areas in which its stores are located. 

“Few do more than lululemon in encouraging participation from—and dialogue with—their local store communities,” said Phillips.

“We strive to elevate the level of health and fitness in every community we touch,” said Michelle Greathouse, Southwest Area Community Strategist for lululemon athletica. “We do this by creating authentic relationships with our guests and understanding what they are passionate about, how they like to sweat and helping them celebrate their goals. We are thrilled to be joining the Malibu community.”

European Shoe Repair specializes in shoe and handbag repair, as well as working on all types of leather goods. 

The store is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday.

Lululemon athletica inc. is a yoga-inspired athletic apparel company with products that create transformational experiences for people to live happy, healthy, fun lives. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional designs, lululemon works with yogis and athletes in local communities for continuous research and product feedback. 

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