Most of the business owners near the Americana are simultaneously anxious and hopeful about such a retail behemoth opening nearby. They are fearful that The Americana will siphon away their business, and hopeful that as a shopping destination, people flocking to The Americana from all over town will spill across Brand and see what else Glendale has to offer. Downtown Glendale does have a tremendous amount to offer, but unfortunately the storefronts directly across the street from the Americana are pretty sad. Prominent vacancies and "for lease" signs at the Exchange (Famima/Jamba Juice) and in the former CompUSA/Tower space don't exactly tempt visitors to cross the street. Traffic in Frog Alley seemed to be about the same as usual today- it just seemed deserted relative to the madness across the street.
I didn't go inside the Galleria. The banners on the side facing The Americana are new.
Outback Steakhouse is now open in the former Bennigan's space.
Downtown Glendale apparently now has a parking shuttle- with a claimed 15-20 minute frequency, you could simply WALK to any of the locations on the route map twice.
Enjoy the lush space at The Americana while supporting local businesses. Get your order to go and then head to The Green to people-watch.