Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
|Location||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Address||3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008|
|Opening date||November 10, 1947|
|Management||Capri Capital Partners|
|Owner||Capri Capital Partners|
|No. of anchor tenants||3|
|Total retail floor area||870,000 sq ft (81,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||2|
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (also known as Baldwin Hills Crenshaw, or by its acronym BHCP) is a shopping mall (the first post-war retail complex in California) in Los Angeles, California, owned and operated by the Capri Capital Partners. Its anchor stores are Macy's, Wal-Mart, and Sears. The original open-air complex, known as the Broadway-Crenshaw Center, was located in Los Angeles, California.
Opened in November 1947, as the Broadway-Crenshaw Center the retail hub was anchored by a The Broadway department store, a May Company department store, Woolworth variety store, and Von's supermarket. It consisted of 550,000 square feet (51,000 m²) and 13 acres (53,000 m2) of parking. It is the first shopping mall on the west coast.
The complex underwent a massive renovation, which got underway in the mid-1980s. Much of the original inline store space was demolished. In 1989 a two-level, fully enclosed mall structure was built, which was anchored by the existing The Broadway and May Company stores and included a new Sears as a third anchor.
The shopping complex, now known as Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, was officially dedicated in November 1988 by L.A. Mayor *Tom Bradley (American politician). BHCP encompassed 860,000 square feet (79,000 m²).
After a series of rebrandings of the two original department stores, BHCP is anchored by the state's only three-story Wal-Mart (in the old The Broadway building), Macy's (in the old May Company structure), Sears, and an Lucky's, it became an Albertsonsin mid 1999. In 1995 Magic Johnson Theatres opened as a 15-plex cinema. The opening featured guest such as Michael Jackson and others. The mall contains an additional 115 retail and specialty shops on over 40 acres (160,000 m2) of land which is located in one of the most densely populated areas in the United States. BHCP also serves as a community center for the Baldwin Hills and Crenshaw communities. The mall maintains its cultural roots with a Museum of African Art located on the third level of Macy's.
In 2010, Capri Capital Partners announced that they will be redesigning the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, adding new interior embellishments, a modern and larger food court, they also redesigned the theme Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Bridge which is now a glass see-through bridge overlooking Crenshaw Blvd and MLK Blvd. Renovations also came with new balcony rails, escalators, elevators, and new tile flooring. They also changed the Macy's and Wal-Mart painting form peach to white. They also brought in new stores and restaurants such as Victoria's Secret, Forever 21, TJ Maxx, Lane Bryant, Claire's, Staples, Post & Beam, Chipotle Mexican Grill, the multiplex cinema Rave Cinemas and Buffalo Wild Wings. The renovation was officially completed in November 2011.
Rave digital cinema
Rave Cinemas (formerly the Magic Johnson Theatre) opened with 13 regular HD screen cinema and 2 IMAX RaveXtreme screens on June 29, 2011.In 2014 the theatre was sold to Cinemark Theatres but still keeps the Rave brand.
- Metro Rail: In 2019, the under constructed Crenshaw/LAX Line will have a light rail subway station called Crenshaw/Martin Luther King Jr that will serve the shopping centre. It is currently under construction and slated to open in early 2019.
- Macy's [2006-] , May Company [1947-1993]/Robinsons-May [1993-2006]
- Wal-Mart [2003-] (213,100 sq ft.), The Broadway [1947-1996]/Macy's [1996-1999]
- Sears [1988-] (142,900 sq ft.)