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Union Market Bringing Food Hall Concept to South County

The OC Register has published an article focusing on “food halls” — high end food courts with small and boutique food vendors using shared facilities and communal eating spaces.  A recent and successful example is the OC Mix in Costa Mesa.  The proprietors behind the OC Mix are also responsible for Union Market, a similar concept opening in Tustin at the District and here in Mission Viejo at the Kaleidoscope Mall.  From the article:

Though some merchants are boutique retailers, Union Market’s key focus is creating a food-centric village for everyone from “me-first” millennials to cash-rich baby boomers.

“Everyone is looking for the next great restaurant,” said Union Market creator Andrea Young.

Young, and her husband, Russell, are the masterminds behind Orange County’s first modern food hall: The OC Mart Mix (now OC Mix) at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa.

Having exited that project earlier this year, the Youngs are now focused on building Union Market as a brand – a food complex that has potential to reboot malls and once trendy retail centers across the country.

In the fall, the Youngs are opening a second Union Market at the Kaleidoscope center in Mission Viejo, while others are in the works outside of California. The Newport Beach couple are also consulting on similar projects at Pacific City’s Lot 579 in Huntington Beach and The Annex in Oxnard.

The Mission Viejo Union Market is scheduled to open this fall.  It has a website here.

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