Los Cerritos Center

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Los Cerritos Center
Location Cerritos, California, USA
Opening date September 1971
Developer The Hahn Company
Management The Macerich Company
Owner The Macerich Company
No. of stores and services 180
No. of anchor tenants 4 (Macy's, Sears, Nordstrom, Forever 21)
Total retail floor area 1,367,000 sq ft (127,000 m2)(GLA)
No. of floors 1
Website Official Website

The Los Cerritos Center is a super regional shopping mall located in Cerritos, California. Since September 1971, the Los Cerritos Center has been an integral part of the city of Cerritos' tax revenue. The mall is the city's largest revenue source, producing $581 per square foot in sales ($296 million total) in 2010. The tax revenue generated from the Los Cerritos Center for its host city totals to approximately $3 million a year.[1] The facility is managed by The Macerich Company. The mall is served by Metro Local lines: 62 & 130 and Metro Express line: 577.

History[edit]

The Cerritos Redevelopment Agency initially invested $30 million for the development of the Los Cerritos Center area. The 100-acre (0.40 km2) shopping area built at Gridley Road and South Street was developed by Ernest M. Hahn, Inc. in September 1971 with the Phase I opening of the corridor from The Broadway department store (currently Macy's) to Ohrbach's (currently a Forever 21) in addition to having an initial 150 sThe Macerich Companypecialty stores. Phase II followed in 1971 with the opening of the wing from Ohrbach's to Sears. In 1981, Phase III saw the opening of Nordstrom and its first wing. In November 1993, Phase IV was completed when the Palm Court Cafes debuted in the Center with 14 eateries.[2]

At its opening, the Los Cerritos Center was one of the area's first shopping malls and was noted for its high quality maintenance and complete climate-controlled environment.

The original goal of the center was to bring thousands of dollars of sales tax revenue to the city of Cerritos. In its first four years, the city of Cerritos' retail sales grew tenfold, topping over $207 million in 1974.

Today[edit]

The most recent design was completed in 2010 and includes three main corridors with some extensions. Skylights were added to take advantage of the Southern California sunshine, and marble and stone were added to the walkways, along with seating and landscaping. The Macy's wing houses merchandise, confectionary, and services for the family, the main concourse holds more upscale fashion stores, restaurants and boutiques, and the Sears wing focuses on specialty shops in entertainment, younger consumers, as well as the Palms Court Cafe food court.

Forever 21, which opened in January 2010, was the first flagship styled store for the retailer in the United States and opened to much acclaim. [3][4]

A Nordstrom department store and wing opened May 2010 on the site of a former Robinsons-May.[5] The added wing made room for nine additional in-line shops and restaurants. The old Nordstrom site is now vacant and was used as a dinosaur exhibition in March 2014.[6]

Realizing the importance of multiculturalism and diversity in the region today, the Los Cerritos Center, in conjunction with the city of Cerritos, is home to the Festival of Friendship held every February. Cultural booths and performances are held annually with the goal of reaching out to the various diverse communities the center serves.

In 2010, 8.5 million shoppers visited the mall with November 26 (Black Friday) marking the biggest day of the year with 79,682 visitors. The daily average attendance from January through November 2010 was 22,133 people a day. December 2010 saw an average of 35,631 a day. Los Cerritos Center is the most financially successful mall in the Southeast Los Angeles region.[7]

Anchors[edit]

  • Forever 21 (85,000 sq ft.) (opened 1971 as Ohrbach's, became Mervyn's in 1987, became Forever 21 in 2010)
  • Macy's (174,500 sq ft.) (opened 1971 as The Broadway, became Macy's in 1996)
  • Nordstrom (138,000 sq ft.) (opened 1971 as J.W. Robinson's, became Robinsons-May in 1993, closed 2006, demolished and rebuilt as Nordstrom in 2010)
  • Sears (277,559 sq ft.) (opened 1971 as original anchor)
  • United Artists Theatres (Closed as of March 2014)


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Eftychiou, A., & Cenovich, M. (2006). Cerritos at 50: celebrating our past and our future. Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company Publishers.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°51′44″N 118°05′39″W / 33.86220°N 118.09429°W / 33.86220; -118.09429