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The Broadway was a mid-level department store chain headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1896 by English born Arthur Letts, Sr., who later went on to develop Holmby Hills, The Broadway became one of the dominant retailers in Southern California and the Southwest. In 1950, it merged with Sacramento based Hale Brothers (Weinstock's) to form Broadway-Hale Stores.

The Broadway bought out competitors in Los Angeles (B.H. Dyas, Milliron's, and Coulter's), San Diego (Marston's), and Phoenix (Korrick's). In later years The Broadway opened stores in Nevada (Las Vegas), New Mexico, and Colorado. They also purchased San Francisco based Emporium-Capwell in 1969. Like Weinstock's, Emporium-Capwell stores all opertaed under their respective names until 1996.

In 1979 Broadway was split into two divisions: The Broadway Southern California, based in Los Angeles; and Broadway Southwest, headquartered in Phoenix (for the non-California stores). Broadway's parent Carter Hawley Hale Stores ran into financial difficulties which resulted from poor management decisions and hostile takeover attempts. In 1996 the chain was acquired by Federated Department Stores and the majority of locations were converted to the Macy's nameplate. Several stores in affluent areas where Macy's already had locations were closed, refurbished and reopened as Bloomingdale's, while Federated sold many of the remaining stores to Sears.

Broadway Stores by State

Arizona

Phoenix - Biltmore Fashion Park Opened 1968 - Became Macy's in 1996.

Front of store You can see the store, now a Macy's behind the Valley Metro Bus. Taken from another bus on January 1, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Phoenix - Christown Mall Opened 1961 - Closed in 1992 - torn down in 1994 for Walmart.

The Christown store opened in 1961 as Korrick's and became The Broadway in 1966.

Front of store Taken in the 1960s. (Photographer Unknown)

Phoenix - Metrocenter Mall Opened 1974 - Became Macy's in 1996 - Closed in 2005 after Federated bought May Department Stores.

Front of store Taken on January 1, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

East side of store Taken on January 1, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of store Taken on December 31, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Former Broadway Auto Center Taken on January 1, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Phoenix - Paradise Valley Mall Opened 1991 - Became Macy's in 1996 - Closed in 2006 after Federated bought May Department Stores.

The Paradise Valley store was the last new Broadway store to open before the Federated purchase in 1996. It is reported that this store has been torn down to build a Costco.

Front of store Taken from a bus on January 1, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of store Taken from a bus on January 1, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of store Taken from a bus on January 1, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

California

Los Angeles County

Arcadia - Santa Anita Fashion Center Opened 1974 - Became Macy's in 1996

Front of store Taken from the parking lot. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of store Taken from the parking lot on April 17, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of store Taken from the parking lot on April 17, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Former Auto Center Former Broadway Auto Center now a Just Tires on April 17, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Cerritos - Los Cerritos Center Opened 1971 - Became Macy's in 1996

Front of store Taken in the 1970s. (Photographer Unknown)

Front of store Taken on December 19, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of store Taken on December 19, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of store Taken on December 19, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

East side of store Taken on January 30, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Former Broadway Auto Center Taken on January 30, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Culver City - Fox Hills Mall Opened 1975 - Became Macy's in 1996

With Robinsons-May Taken from the parking lot. (Russ Jones Photo)

Downey - Stonewood Center Opened 1965 - Became Sears in 1996

Looking west Note the sign for the Broadway Restaurant. Taken in the 1960s. (Photographer Unknown)

Southside of the store Note the restaurant to the right of the store. Taken in the 1960s. (Downey Historical Society)

Looking at Broadway from the mall This night time shot s was taken from the mall looking east toward the store. Taken in the 1960s. (Photographer Unknown)

South side of the store Taken on October 24, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

South side of the store Taken on October 24, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Former Broadway Auto Center The building was converted to an Olive Garden. Taken on February 19, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Glendale - Glendale Galleria Opened 1976 - Became Macy's in 1996

Front of store Taken on April 17, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Hawthorne - Hawthorne Plaza Opened 1977 - Closed in 1998

The Hawthorne Plaza store became "The Broadway – A Macy’s outlet" and was closed in 1998 have never been resigned. Currently still vacant.

Front of store This was also a mall entrance when the mall was open. Photo taken on October 6, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

The Broadway Above the main entrance to the store. This is the only store name still found on the abandoned mall. Photo taken on October 6, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of store Taken from across Hawthorne Boulevard. This was also a mall entrance when the mall was open. Photo taken on October 6, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of store Taken from across Hawthorne Boulevard. This was also a mall entrance when the mall was open. Photo taken on October 6, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Los Angeles (Baldwin Hills) - Baldwin Hills Plaza Opened 1947 - Closed in 1999 - Now Walmart.

In 1996 the Baldwin Hills store became a Macy's and was closed in 1999. It sat vacant for several years before becoming Wal Mart.

Front of store Taken on December 11, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of store Taken on December 11, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Back of store Taken on December 11, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Los Angeles (Canoga Park) - Topanga Plaza Opened 1964 - Became Sears in 1996.

South side of the store Taken on December 21, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Los Angeles (Downtown) - Flagship Store Opened 1913 - Closed in 1973 - Now State of California Offices.

Broadway Side Looking south along Broadway photo taken on December 2, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Los Angeles (Downtown) - Broadway Plaza Opened 1973 - Became Macy's in 1996.

Front of plaza Taken in the 1980's. (Andrew Novak Collection)

Front of plaza Taken on December 2, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of plaza Taken on December 2, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of plaza at night taken on November 28, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Corner Stone Taken on December 2, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Los Angeles (Fairfax District) - Beverly Center Opened 1982 - Became Bloomingdale's in 1996.

Front of store Taken on January 30, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Side of store Taken on October 30, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Los Angeles (Hollywood) - Hollywood & Vine Opened 1928 - Closed in 1970s - Being converted into housing.

The Hollywood store opened in 1928 as B.H. Dyas, became The Broadway in 1931 and expanded in 1938.

Front of store Taken on December 2, 2006. The white building on the right of the store building is the 1938 expansion. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Los Angeles (Miracle Mile) - Wilshire boulevard Opened 1928 - Closed in 1979 and demolished.

The Miracle Mile store opened in 1928 as Coulter's and became The Broadway in 1960.

Front of store Taken in the 1970s. (Photographer Unknown)

Los Angeles (Panorama City) - Panorama Mall Opened 1955 - Became Walmart in 1996.

Mall side of store Taken in the 1980s as construction of the indoor Panorama Mall took place. (Photographer Unknown)

Southeast Corner Taken on December 21, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

South side of store Taken on December 21, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Rear of store Taken on December 21, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Los Angeles (Westchester) - Sepulveda Boulevard Opened 1948 - Closed in 1988.

Broadway Westchester opened in 1948 as Milliron's and was later bought by The Broadway. It became Mervyn's in 1988 and is scheduled to became Khol's after Mervyn's closed in 2008.

Front of store Taken in 2003. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of store Taken in 2003. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Long Beach - Los Altos Market Center Opened 1956 - Became Sears in 1996.

Aerial of store Aerial photo shows The Broadway and the rest of the Los Altos Market Place in 1965. (Andrew Novak Collection)

North side of store Taken on January 30, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of store Taken on May 3, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Pasadena - Colorado Boulevard Opened 1940s - Closed in 1978 and was demolished.

Pasadena - Plaza Pasadena Opened 1980 - Became Macy's in 1996.

The Plaza Pasadena store was a Broadway Clearance Center and originally Federated was going to sell this store to Sears.

Rear side of store Taken in the 1980s. (Photographer Unknown)

Rear side of store Taken on January 9, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

East side of store Taken on January 9, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Santa Monica - Santa Monica Place Opened 1980 - Became Macy's in 1996.

Side of store Taken on October 30, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Torrance - Del Amo Fashion Center Opened 1959 - Closed in 1996.

The Del Amo store was reopened in 1999 as a Jo-Ann Etc on the first floor and Macy's Home Store on top floors.

South side of store Taken on October 10, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

West side of store Taken on October 6, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

West Covina - The Plaza at West Covina Opened 1962 - Became Sears in 1996.

Parking lot side Taken from a bus on Interstate 10 on June 1, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Whittier - Whittwood Center Opened 1961 - Became Sears in 1996.

South side of the store Taken on December 19, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

West side of the store Taken on December 19, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Orange County

Anaheim - Anaheim Plaza Opened 1955 - Closed 1993 and demolished

Aerial Photo Taken in 1959. (Photographer Unknown)

Front of store Taken from the parking lot. (Photographer Unknown)

Brea - Brea Mall Opened 1978 - Became Macy's in 1996.

East side of the store Taken from the parking lot on January 15, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

North side of the store Taken from the parking lot on January 15, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

North side of the store Taken from the parking lot on January 15, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Costa Mesa - South Coast Plaza Opened 1986 - Closed in 1996 - Became Macy's Home in 2000.

East side of the store Taken from the pedestrian walkway on January 15, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Newport Beach - Fashion Island Opened 1967 - Became Bloomingdale's in 1996.

From the mall Postcard taken in the 1970s.

Orange - Mall of Orange Opened 1971 - Closed 1996 and demolished for Walmart.

Front of store Taken in the 1980s. (Jim Walker Photo)

Wal Mart Built on the site of The Broadway taken from the parking lot on January 15, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Ventura County

Ventura - Buena Ventura Plaza Opened 1963 - Became Macy's in 1996

Front of store Taken from a bus on June 20, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of store Taken from a bus on June 20, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of store Taken from a bus on June 20, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

San Bernardino and Riverside Counties

Montclair - Montclair Plaza Opened 1968 - Became Macy's in 1996 - Closed in 2006 after Federated bought May Department Stores.

General View Taken from the freeway on ramp on January 2, 2009. (Andrew Novak Photo)

General View Taken on January 23, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Former Auto Center Taken on January 23, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

San Bernardino - Inland Center Mall Opened 1966 - Became Macy's in 1996 - Closed in 2006 after Federated bought May Department Stores.

General View Taken on January 23, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Back of store Taken on October 21, 2006 during a Pacific Bus Museum Excursion. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Back of store You can see the store behind the Omnitrans bus, photo taken on October 21, 2006 during a Pacific Bus Museum Excursion. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Former Auto Center Taken on January 23, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Riverside - Tyler Mall Opened 1970 - Became Macy's in 1996 - Closed in 2006 after Federated bought May Department Stores.

General View of store You can see the store behind the RTA bus, photo taken on April 19, 2003. (Andrew Novak Photo)

San Diego County

Chula Vista - Chula Vista Center Opened 1962 - Became Macy's in 1996.

The Chula Vista store opened in 1962 as Marston's and became The Broadway in 1965.

General View of store Taken on January 21, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Nevada

Las Vegas - Boulevard Mall Opened 1966 - Became Macy's in 1996

Front of store Taken on June 2, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Store addition Taken on June 2, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Store and addition Taken from the parking lot on June 2, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Time Capsule Taken on June 2, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Las Vegas - Meadows Mall Opened 1978 - Became Macy's in 1996

Front of store Taken on August 12, 2008. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Misc. Broadway

Stores owned by Broadway's parent Carter Hawley Hale Stores

Emporium-Capwells

Walnut Creek - Broadway Plaza Opened 1954 as Capwell's - Became Macy's in 1996

Front of store Taken on August 6, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of store Taken on August 6, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

Front of store Taken on August 6, 2007. (Andrew Novak Photo)

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