But Nancy Sidhu, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said not everyone is coming along for the ride.
"Retail is doing pretty well, but it is spotty," Sidhu said. "There may still be sectors and individual chains hanging on by their teeth."
Sidhu said Anchor Blue fits the pattern. Other denim retailers, such as the Gap, have a stronger market presence. Anchor Blue's financial problems trace at least to 2009, when it first filed for bankruptcy.
The Galleria is losing another retailer later this month, though one going the opposite direction from Anchor Blue. Makeup and fragrance retailer Sephora, which added 23 stores in 2010 and now operates in 270 locations, is moving across Central Avenue to the Americana at Brand.
The store's Jan. 28 launch will feature an appearance by model Josie Maran, who recently started her own cosmetics line and whose makeup artists will be present to assist customers.
Jennifer Gordon, vice president of public relations for the Americana, said Sephora complements the clothing and accessories shops in the center. Many makeup retailers sell only their own line of products, while Sephora will offer products from 200 manufacturers in its 5,800-square-foot store.
"It is a great addition to the retail mix at the Americana," Gordon said. "Adding a makeup and fragrance specialty store kind of rounds things off."
Glendale Galleria senior marketing director Shoshana Puccia noted that Sephora will maintain a presence in the massive indoor shopping center.
"In my opinion they are just expanding, because we still have Sephora inside the JCPenney store," Puccia said.
Occupancy is at 95% or above at the Galleria, and proposals are already in the works for the now-vacant Sephora space, she added.