Bella Terra

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Bella Terra
Bella Terra Huntington Beach.JPG
Bella Terra
Location Huntington Beach, California
Address 7777 Edinger Avenue
Opening date 2006
Management DJM Capital Partners
Owner DJM Capital Partners
Architect Perkowitz & Ruth
No. of anchor tenants 10
Parking Parking lot, parking garage
Website bellaterra-hb.com

Bella Terra is an outdoor shopping mall in Huntington Beach, California. It was built on the site of the former Huntington Center.

History[edit]

  • 1966: Opens as the enclosed Huntington Center. Anchor stores include The Broadway and Montgomery Ward, with a Barker Brothers furniture store (built with the same architectural style as The Broadway) across the parking lot and an unenclosed strip of several shops adjacent.
  • Circa 1970: JCPenney opens midway along the enclosed mall area.
  • 1986: New wing is built with Mervyn's.
  • 1992: JCPenney closes and moves to Westminster Mall.
  • 1995: Burlington Coat Factory replaces JCPenney. Barnes and Noble opens in October, moving into the long-vacant former Barker Bros. building.[1]
  • 1996: The Broadway closes due to the company being purchased by Macy's and liquidated.
  • 2000: Burlington Coat Factory sues mall owners, claiming they are being "forced out" during the mall's redevelopment.[2]
  • 2001: Montgomery Ward closes due to liquidation.
  • 2003: Mall closes, except for Meryvn's and Burlington Coat Factory, which closes shortly after the mall closes. The mall and Burlington Coat Factory are demolished soon afterward, except for Mervyn's, the empty Montgomery Ward, and the empty The Broadway.
  • 2006: Bella Terra opens with Kohl's in the old The Broadway building. The empty Montgomery Ward building is left standing but remains unrenovated.
  • 2008: Mervyn's and Circuit City close, Mervyn's due to liquidation and Circuit City due to bankruptcy.
  • 2010: Montgomery Ward and Mervyn's are demolished. [3]
  • 2012: Costco opens.[4]
  • 2013: The Residences at Bella Terra, a 467-unit apartment complex with retail space on the ground level, opens on the site of the former Montgomery Ward.[5]

Anchors[edit]

The Montgomery Ward store has sat vacant from 2001 - 2010 when it was demolished.
The Mervyn's was closed in late 2008. It sat vacant from 2008 - 2010 before it was demolished.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, Greg (30 October 1995). "Bookstores Hit Best-Seller List: Outlets Grow in Number in O.C.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Earnest, Leslie (11 July 2000). "Burlington: We're Being Forced Out". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Fletcher, Jaimee Lynn (December 16, 2010). "Surf City's Montgomery Ward is Gone". The Orange County Register. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ Bersebach, Paul (2 May 2012). "Costco opens its doors in Huntington Beach". Orange County Register. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Venegas, Ana (16 April 2013). "Housing brings Bella Terra vision into focus". Orange County Register. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 

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Coordinates: 33°43′54.43″N 117°59′37.04″W / 33.7317861°N 117.9936222°W / 33.7317861; -117.9936222