Second Wave of Tenants Announced for Palm Springs Revitalization Project

New retailers and restaurants to open this summer

Wessman Development’s Michael Braun announced the second wave of retailers and restaurants for Palm Spring’s downtown revitalization project, a 14-acre site that sits in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum nestled in the heart of downtown.

The new tenants, anticipated to open this summer, join the Kimpton Rowan Hotel, West Elm and Blaze Pizza in the new Palm Springs mixed-use project. They include: 

  • H&M, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers offering fashion-forward apparel at affordable prices in a sustainable way.
  • Free People, a specialty clothing brand featuring the latest trends for women who live free through fashion, art, music, and travel. 
  • francesca’s, a boutique that offers an eclectic mix of carefully-curated clothing, bright baubles, bold accessories, and playful gifts that are as fun to give as they are to receive.
  • Stout Burgers & Beers, a simple, upscale neighborhood restaurant that offers gourmet burgers and a vast selection of artisanal draft and bottled beers.
  • Il corso, a fine diner that offers genuine Italian hospitality, authentic Italian dishes including homemade pastas, gourmet wood oven pizza, seafood and roasted leg of veal.

“We’re thrilled to share this line-up as it shows the quality and diversity of what’s to come,” said Project Manager Michael Braun. “Once complete, this project will put Palm Springs back on the map as a top place to visit and live. It brings a vibrant mix of hotels, restaurants and stores to appeal to out-of- towners and locals alike. ”

West Elm opened as the project’s first retailer in 2016 followed by Blaze Pizza on March 24. The project’s anchor, the Kimpton Rowan Hotel, will also open this summer. The luxury hotel will feature 153 guest rooms and suites, restaurants and a rooftop pool and bar with panoramic views of the city and its mountain backdrop.

The downtown revitalization project will include the hotel and three mixed-use buildings with retail and restaurant on the ground floor and office and or residential units above. It also comes with new parking spaces, new streets and view corridors to the mountain, museum and other popular destinations. The developer anticipates the Rowan Hotel to open at the end of August and other tenants to open during the fourth quarter of this this year.

Global Fashion Retailer H&M Expands in California

H&M to Open New Location at Premier Shopping Destination, Downtown Palm Springs

H & M, Hennes and Mauritz Inc., one of the world’s largest fashion retailers famous for offering fashion-forward apparel at affordable prices in a sustainable way, is thrilled to announce a new location in Palm Springs,

California. Measuring approximately 16,000 square feet, the new location at Downtown Palm Springs is set to open in the fall of 2017. H&M has experienced a warm welcome from customers and fans in California and is happy to continue to expand its store and employee count in the state.

The new H&M location will offer Palm Springs residents a one-stop shopping destination for quality clothing for the whole family, with collections for ladies, men and teens, as well as separate “store within a store” sections for accessories. The Downtown Palm Springs location will also carry the H&M Kids collection for newborns to 14 year olds. The breadth and variety of H&M collections make it easier for any consumer to find fashionable products, no matter their personal style. With an emphasis on design, quality, and sustainability, H&M offers inspiring, high fashion at an unbeatable value.

H&M prides itself on its support of local economies by adding jobs with each new location. As a continuously expanding brand, H&M constantly searches for new talent to grow within the company. With the opening of the Downtown Palm Springs location, H&M is proud to add approximately 20 employees to the current, ever- expanding total of approximately 16,000 U.S. employees. In 2016, H&M was ranked number 20 on Interbrand’s list of 100 Best Global Brands and was also ranked number 199 out of 500 on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers. For available job opportunities, please visit

Sustainability is an integral part of H&M. The brand is growing and making significant long-term investments for sustainable development. In 2013, H&M launched Garment Collecting, an in-store clothing recycling project and was the first global fashion company to implement such a program. In 2016 alone, H&M U.S. diverted over two million lbs. of unwanted textiles from landfills and was also named by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the sixth year.

Since H&M opened the doors to its first U.S. store 16 years ago, the U.S. has been one of the retailer’s most successful markets. H&M is proud to offer U.S. consumers quality fashion at competitive prices at its 467 locations across the country, and looks forward to continued expansion at the best properties worldwide.