The Glendale Galleria from across S. Central Ave. looking westward.
|Location||Glendale, California, USA|
|Opening date||October 14, 1976|
|Owner||General Growth Properties|
|Total retail floor area||1,600,000 square feet|
Developed by Glendale Associates, a partnership between J.S. Griffiths Co, Broadway Hale Stores and M.J. Brock & Sons, the mall opened on October 14, 1976. The architect was Jon Jerde, who credited his design to a Ray Bradbury essay on reviving retail districts.
It was the location for the first Panda Express restaurant that opened in 1983. Panda Express is located in Glendale Galleria II on level 3 next to Nordstrom. Another Panda Express is located in Glendale Galleria food court. By 1990, the mall was 1,600,000 square feet (150,000 m2) in size, and had annual revenues of $350 million.
The first Disney Store opened in the Glendale Galleria on March 28, 1987.
This mall also includes the first three-story Target in the United States. It was also selected by Apple Inc. as the location of one of the first two Apple Stores in the world (along with Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Virginia); both officially opened on May 19, 2001.
The mall is anchored by four department stores (with one under construction) and has over 200 specialty stores.
- JCPenney (opened in 1976)
- Macy's (opened as The Broadway in 1976; became Macy's in 1996)
- Target (opened as Buffum's in 1976; closed in 1991; became Robinson's-May in 1993; closed in 2006; became Target in 2007)
- Bloomingdale's (opened November 2013; former Mervyn's space)
Ohrbach's was also an original anchor. Its former location was demolished and the area was converted to another wing of the mall with smaller stores. Nordstrom (opened in 1983, relocated to Americana at Brand in fall 2013). Space is currently vacant.
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- "Financing Set for Galleria in Glendale". Los Angeles Times. June 2, 1974. Retrieved March 11, 2010.
- Brent Hopkins (October 27, 2009). "Mall for a new generation". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved March 11, 2010. ("This all led to the 1976 birth of the Glendale Galleria, the super-regional mall so huge it extended across several city blocks. ... General Growth Properties Inc., owner of the Glendale Galleria")
- Lieberman, Paul; Efron, Sonni (March 10, 2000). "MOMA to Advise Tokyo Museum et al.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 11, 2010. ("Los Angeles area's mega-mall expert, Jon Jerde, designer of Universal City's CityWalk, the Westside Pavilion and Glendale Galleria")
- Weller, Sam. The Bradbury chronicles: the life of Ray Bradbury p.292 (William Morrow 2005) (ISBN 978-0060545819)
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- Joe Wilcox. "Does Apple have a future in retail? - CNET News". News.cnet.com. Retrieved November 14, 2012.