Southern California Malls

(Los Angeles County)

Page Created 9/25/2006

Page Updated 11/27/2008

New Additions to the page.

Because there are so many malls in Los Angeles County, I have decided to divide the region into geographic districts to organize the various malls in each area.



Downtown Los Angeles

LA Mall

7th & Fig (Citicorp Plaza)

Macy's Plaza (Formerly Broadway Plaza)

Macy Plaza Flower and 8th Street side. (Andrew Novak Photo)

ARCO Plaza

Lower Level Arco Plaza before renovation (Andrew Novak Photo)

Lower Level Arco Plaza before renovation (Andrew Novak Photo)



Southeast Area

Stonewood Center (Downey)

Aerial Photo Shows Stonewood Center c.2004 (USGS Photo)

Lakewood Center (Lakewood)

Official Lakewood Center website

From the Lakewood website: "Lakewood Center is located in the heart of the city of Lakewood at the intersection of Del Amo and Lakewood Boulevards. JCPenney, Macy’s, Mervyn’s, and TARGET anchor Lakewood Center. TARGET opened on October 12, 2003. An expansion in 2000-2001 brought about over 300,000 square feet of new stores, a food court and a Macy’s and Mervyn’s store. In addition to the enclosed mall, there are numerous destination big box retailers, restaurants, and two Pacific Movie Theatres. In total, Lakewood Center contains approximately 2.1 million square feet of retail space featuring over 270 stores and more than 30 restaurants."

Lakewood Center Postcard form the 1950s.

Lakewood Center Postcard form the 1950s showing the May Company store which latter became Robinsons May. (This building is now a Macy's.)

Lakewood Center Postcard form the 1950s.

Lakewood Center Looking at the west side of the mall in summer 2003. The building under construction is a Target which replaced Montgomery Wards. The Target opened in October 2003. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Lakewood Center The Robinsons-May Store at Lakewood in summer 2003. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Aerial Photo Shows Lakewood Mall pre expansion c.1994 (USGS Photo)

Aerial Photo Shows Lakewood Mall post expansion c.2004 (USGS Photo)

Costco at Lakewood Mall

The former Macy's at Lakewood Center was demolished to make way for a new Costco. This store was less than 10 years old and was closed after Macy's moved into the former Robinsons-May store on the front of the mall.

Former Macy's is about to be demolished to make for a new Costco. Photo taken on March 4, 2008.(Andrew Novak Photo)

Former Macy's is about to be demolished to make for a new Costco. Photo taken on March 4, 2008.(Andrew Novak Photo)

Former Macy's is about to be demolished to make for a new Costco. Photo taken on March 4, 2008.(Andrew Novak Photo)

Where Macy's was After the Macy's was demolished on May 27, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Where Macy's was After the Macy's was demolished on May 27, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Where Macy's was After the Macy's was demolished on May 27, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Where Macy's was After the Macy's was demolished on May 27, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Los Cerritos Center (Cerritos)

Official Los Cerritos Center website

From the official website: "Los Cerritos Center History Los Cerritos Center has served as a shopping icon for Southeast Los Angeles and Orange Counties for over thirty years. The history of Los Cerritos dates back to September, 1971 with the Phase I opening of the area from Broadway (currently Macy’s) to Orbach’s (currently Mervyn’s). Phase II followed in 1972 with the opening of the area from Orbach’s to Sears. In 1981, Phase III went into effect with the opening of Nordstrom and it’s adjoining wing. In November, 1993 Phase IV was completed when the Palm Court Cafes debuted in the Center with 14 eateries, showcasing a wide variety of foods sure to fulfill any appetite.The most recent transformation, Phase V, occurred in 1994 with the renovation of the Center. At this time, skylights were added to take advantage of the Southern California sunshine, and marble and stone were added to the inside walkways, along with new benches and interior landscaping. Today, Los Cerritos Center ranks as one of the leading southern California shopping centers offering four major department stores: Mervyn’s California, Macy*s, Nordstrom, and Sears. The center features over 180 specialty shops, the Palm Court Cafés, several sit-down restaurants, and the 11-screen United Artists Theatres."

Los Cerritos Center Interior of the mall from the 1980s. (SCRTD Photo)

Aerial Photo Shows Los Cerritos Center c.2004 (USGS Photo)

The Citadel (Commerce)

Citadel When it was still a tire plant (LAPL Photo)

Citadel When it was still a tire plant (LAPL Photo)

Citadel When it was still a tire plant (LAPL Photo)

Front 2003 View of the front of the building. (Andrew Novak Photo)



Southbay Area

Del Amo Fashion Center (Torrance)

Official Del Amo Fashion Center website

From Wikipedia: Built in 1975, Del Amo Fashion Center is a two-level regional shopping mall in Torrance.Enclosing 2.5 million square feet, it is near the top of the List of largest shopping malls in the United States. The mall features three food courts, more than 300 retailers, multiple full-service restaurants, and a new fitness center. Its nine anchors are Macy's, Macys Home and Furniture gallery, Sears, Robinsons-May, JC Penney, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory, and Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts. The mall has deteriorated since the mid-1990s — for example, the style of both interior and exterior signage looks dated by 21st century standards. However, it was acquired in 2003 by the Mills Corporation for $420 million (USD) [1] and plans are now underway for a $160 million redevelopment involving the renovation of 670,000 square feet (62,000 m²) of existing space and the addition of another 100,000 square feet (9,300 m²). The new open-air lifestyle district, scheduled to debut in fall 2006, will bring new specialty stores, dining, entertainment, and an AMC Theatres complex. The mall was the setting of an important scene in the Quentin Tarantino film Jackie Brown.

Sign Sign in the parking lot. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Sign Sign in the parking lot. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Sears Store at Del Amo(Andrew Novak Photo)

Sign on the Sears Store at Del Amo(Andrew Novak Photo)

Aerial Photo Shows Del Amo Fashion Center c.2004 (USGS Photo)

The Lifestyle District at Del Amo Fashion Center.

The new wing opened on September 14, 2006.

Aerial Photo Showing the old wing that was removed for the new Lifestyle District. Photo c.2004 (USGS Photo)

Under Construction March 2006 (Russ Jones Photo)

Under Construction March 2006 (Russ Jones Photo)

Under Construction August 2006 (Andrew Novak Photo)

Under Construction August 2006 (Andrew Novak Photo)

Under Construction August 2006 (Andrew Novak Photo)

Southbay Galleria

Hawthorne Plaza

From Wikipedia: "Hawthorne Plaza is a partially abandoned shopping center along Hawthorne Boulevard between 120th and 128th Streets in Hawthorne, California. The 40-acre property opened in 1977 and included an indoor mall and free standing stores at the property's south end. The mall largely catered to the middle class residents living in and around Hawthorne and featured cheaper stores than other nearby malls such as South Bay Galleria and Manhattan Village. Despite initial popularity, the mall went into decline in the 1990s due in part to the economic decline of the area after the cutbacks in aerospace jobs and to competition from other shopping centers. The mall's number of occupied stores declined from 130 in the late 80s to 87 in 1994 and around 70 in 1998. By that year only one anchor store was remaining out of the original four. After the Macy's Clearance Center (which replaced The Broadway upon the latter's purchase by Federated Department Stores) closed down in December 1997 there were plans to put in an AMC Theatre on the site and to convert the mall into an open air shopping center. Their plans never came into fruition, however, and the mall portion closed down in 1999.The property's southern part was redone in 1998 and is still open. It includes a supermarket, a pharmacy, and some small restaurants. The mall building and most of its multistory parking lots are now abandoned except for a Quizno's at 120th and Hawthorne and a police training center that was built in the portion formerly occupied by Montgomery Ward's. On the northern side is an annex administrative office for the Hawthorne school district. The abandoned mall has also been used to film a number of movies, such as The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift."

Aerial Photo Shows Hawthorne Plaza c.2004 (USGS Photo)

Interiors of the now abandonded Hawthorne Plaza

Interior Photo Shows Hawthorne Plaza (Photographer Unknown)

Interior Photo Shows Hawthorne Plaza (Photographer Unknown)

Interior Photo Shows Hawthorne Plaza (Photographer Unknown)

Interior Photo Shows Hawthorne Plaza (Photographer Unknown)

Interior Photo Shows Hawthorne Plaza (Photographer Unknown)

Interior Photo Shows Hawthorne Plaza (Photographer Unknown)

Interior Photo Shows Hawthorne Plaza (Photographer Unknown)

You Tube movie showing the interior of Hawthorne Plaza

Southbay Pavillion

Long Beach Plaza



Westside Area

Santa Monica Placa

Fox Hills Mall

A 1978 Kinney Shoes Commercial filmed in Fox Hills Mall.

Westside Pavillion

Century City

Beverly Center

Baldwin Hills Plaza



San Gabriel Valley

Eagle Rock Plaza

Official Eagle Rock Plaza website

Aerial Photo Shows Eagle Rock Plaza c.2004 (USGS Photo)

Sign at Eagle Rock Plaza Andrew Novak Photo

Sign at Eagle Rock Plaza Andrew Novak Photo

Robinsons-May is now Macy's

Robinsons-May Eagle Rock Plaza Parking lot side. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Robinsons-May Eagle Rock Plaza Parking lot side. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Robinsons-May The Robinsons-May sign is temporary covering a Macys sign. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Robinsons-May Parking lot side. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Montgomery Ward is now Target

Sign out front Taken in 2001 as store was closing. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Store Taken in 2001 as store was closing. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Store Taken in 2001 as store was closing. (Andrew Novak Photo)



San Fernando Valley

Americana at Brand (Glendale)

Official Americana at Brand website

Construction Photos

Construction of the Americana at Brand took several years and many old classic buildings were demolished to make way for this project. Harvard Street between Brand and Central was also eliminated to make way for the project.

One of the stores demolished to make way for the Americana in August 2005. (Andrew Novak Photo)

One of the stores demolished to make way for the Americana in August 2005. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Harvard St. Metro EZ-Rider 12564 on Harvard Street at Central Avenue in August 2004. Note in the back ground Robinsons-May and the old Union 76 station. The street is now gone where the bus is parked. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Brand Blvd Taken in July 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Brand Blvd Taken in July 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Under Construction Taken from the parking structure at the Glendale Galleria on April 17, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Under Construction Taken from the parking structure at the Glendale Galleria on April 17, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Under Construction Taken from the parking structure at the Glendale Galleria on April 17, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Under Construction Taken from the parking structure at the Glendale Galleria on April 17, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Under Construction the southside along Colorado between Brand and Central on January 29, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Under Construction the southside along Colorado between Brand and Central on January 29, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Under Construction the southside along Colorado between Brand and Central on January 29, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Under Construction the southside along Colorado between Brand and Central on January 29, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Under Construction the southside along Colorado between Brand and Central on January 29, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Under Construction the southside along Colorado between Brand and Central on January 29, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Completed and open for business

Open for business from across Brand Boulevard on May 12, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Open for business from inside the shopping center on May 12, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Open for business from inside the shopping center on May 12, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Open for business from inside the shopping center on May 12, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Trolley 1717 circles the the center while riders are given discriptions of the stores they pass. Photo taken on July 31, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)



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