MACERICH’S SANTA MONICA PLACE TO OPEN UNIQLO STORE JUNE 19
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Weekend-long Grand Opening June 19-21 to Feature Taiko College Drum Battle, iHeartRadio DJ, Giveaways and More
Macerich (NYSE: MAC) today announced that Santa Monica Place – the iconic all-outdoor shopping destination located two blocks from the beach in Santa Monica – will open a new UNIQLO store on Friday, June 19, at 10 a.m.
UNIQLO, the global apparel retailer and creator of the LifeWear concept, which delivers clothing that is comfortable, stylish, and functional, all at reasonable prices, will welcome shoppers with specially-priced summer items, sweepstakes, games, prizes and gifts with purchase. The grand opening will also feature a traditional Taiko College Drum Battle on Saturday, June 20 at 12:00 p.m. with KIIS-FM broadcasting live from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
• Taiko College Drum Battle: Featuring California-area colleges, the Taiko College Drum Battle (starting Saturday, June 20th at 12:00 p.m.) will include competitors from UCLA Kyodo Taiko, USC, UC Irvine Jodaiko, UC San Diego Asayake Taiko, UC Riverside Senryu Taiko, CSU Northridge Jishin Taiko and Cal Poly Pomona Touzan Taiko. Taiko is a traditional Japanese-style drumming more than thousands of years old that literally means “fat drum.” Within the last 50 years, this style of drumming has experienced phenomenal growth with Taiko groups worldwide. The Taiko College Drum Battle will be judged by:
o Masato “Maz” Baba, Artistic Director of the TAIKO PROJECT, the Taiko Project is America’s leading professional Japanese drum ensemble, which is based in Los Angeles and has performed at the Academy Awards, the Grammys, and on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
o Ryan Cabrera, platinum-selling singer and songwriter, the architect behind acclaimed songs including “On the Way Down,” “True,” and “Shine On” as well as albums including 2004’s “Take It All Away,” which hit #8 on the Billboard Top 200, “You Stand Watching”  and “The Moon Underwater” .
o Carolina Urrea, Miss Santa Monica USA, a Colombian model and actress pursuing her dream of becoming Miss Universe. Urrea will represent the City of Santa Monica at the Miss California USA competition on December 6, 2015, in Long Beach.
• On Saturday, June 20, the first 200 people to arrive at UNIQLO will receive a FREE UNIQLO tote bag and a special AIRism gift (with every $50 purchase). The first 102 tote bags will be stuffed with special prizes from iHeartRadio including a Mystery UNIQLO gift card valued between $10 and $100, Lise Watier Lipstick, LA Fitness FREE monthly gym passes, Slaters 50/50 $10 gift card, Zingy $25 Pet Walk Voucher, Priv $20 beauty service voucher and Japanese snacks such as Chocorooms, Hello Panda, Sushi candy, and Itoen tea.
• In addition, there will be a Japanese-style UNIQLO sticker photo booth featuring interactive touch screens and instant downloads for PCs and cell phones for customers to take photos (free onsite printing) and for selfies to post on personal social media sites.