TEENS FLOCK IN DROVES TO NEW TOWN CENTER MALL.
Byline: Angie Valencia-Martinez Staff Writer
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sneakers npl (US) → zapatos mpl de lona; zapatillas fpl , hoop earrings, flared skirts and designer handbags, teens and tweens flocked Saturday to the newly opened Simi Valley Town Center Simi Valley Town Center is a shopping center located in Simi Valley, California. The mall opened in 2005 with Macy's and Robinsons-May as anchor stores. The Robinsons-May store was converted into a Macy's Men and Home Store on September 9, 2006. .
Some admitted spending hundreds of dollars of their allowance money on purchases, while others said they used earnings from their part-time jobs.
``We call it the 'Y Generation,''' said Greg Lenners, Town Center general manager. ``There's a lot of money being spent by teenagers. ... You'd be surprised.''
And they had plenty of options to spend it on, from Hot Topic, Pacific Sunwear Pacific Sunwear (also known as PacSun) is a shopping mall retail store that sells surfing and skateboarding clothing and accessories for teenagers and young adults. It was originally based in Newport Beach, California, United States. and Tilly's to Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister Co. and others.
Whether they drove to the mall themselves or had their parents drop them off, the teenagers looked forward to a day of shopping and exploring the new setting.
Ramsey Ihnat, 15, stopped by the mall Saturday for jewelry to wear to Royal High School's homecoming.
``It's got a lot of stores,'' said the sophomore as she surveyed the center for the first time.
Josh Marschlowitz, 14, headed straight to EB Games with his brother Jordan, 12, and his friend Russell Kelly, 12.
Their only complaint with the center? Too many clothing stores and not enough guy stores.
``A lot of kids will like it here,'' said Josh, a freshman at Santa Susana High School Santa Susana High School is the third high school located in Simi Valley. The school campus is a middle school that was converted. The school colors are: silver, black, white, and teal. The school mascot is the Troubador. They are a school of the arts. . ``Almost every other town has a mall. ... It's nice to have one here.''
The Town Center, a 600,000-square-foot ``lifestyle center'' featuring more than 120 stores, opened Thursday to the delight of locals.
The regional mall is the first to be developed in Ventura County in more than two decades.
For teenagers, it means a hangout spot where they can walk around, meet people and have fun after school or on weekends.
Before the mall opened, teenagers said a city hot spot was the Regal Civic Center along Tapo Canyon Road, where they went to socialize so·cial·ize
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Stephanie Perry, 19, said the center was different.
``I've lived in Simi Valley all of my life,'' she said. ``This is a lot busier than what I'm used to.''
Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604
(1 -- color) Lindsey Chin, 13, of Simi Valley was on hand to check out the stores Saturday at the new Simi Valley Town Center.
(2) Brother and sister Ramsey, 15, left, and Grady, 19, Ihnat showed up at the new Simi Valley Town Center, on Saturday, the first real chance of teens to visit the new mall.
Joel P. Lugavere/Special to the Daily News