Somersville Towne Center
|Location||Antioch, California, United States|
|Address||2550 Somersville Road, Antioch, CA, 94509|
|Owner||The Macerich Company|
|No. of stores and services||65|
|No. of anchor tenants||5|
|Total retail floor area||501,259 sq ft (46,568.5 m2)|
Somersville Towne Center is a regional shopping mall located in Antioch, California. Previously named County East Mall until 2004, the 501,259 square feet (46,570 m2) mall is managed by The Macerich Company. Originally opened in 1966, it is strategically positioned in one of the fastest growing areas of the San Francisco Bay area, east Contra Costa County. Along with high population growth, east Contra Costa County is also experiencing sizable household income increases.
County East Mall was opened in 1966 as an open-air mall with Sears, Mervyns, and W. T. Grant as the original anchor tenants. In the mid-1970s, JCPenney replaced Grant's as the mall's third anchor. A major overhaul in the late-1980s transformed the mall into an enclosed shopping center with Gottschalks added as a fourth anchor tenant. JCPenney closed on January 25, 1997, and was occupied for several years by a furniture retailer until the 97,000 square feet (9,010 m2) building was gutted in 2003 and replaced by the larger Macy's anchor in 2004. Further expansion brought in Marshall's as a fifth anchor in March 2008. In August 2008, Mervyns announced it would close several underperforming stores, including the Somersville Towne Center location. Gottschalks closed in 2009, leaving two anchors vacant at the mall. In late 2012, it was announced that a trampoline park was slated to take a portion of the former Gottschalks.
A major overhaul completed in 1989 transformed County East Mall from an open air shopping mall to an enclosed shopping center. The mall's most recent renovation was in 2004, including the opening of the Macy's anchor tenant in a new two-story building and a cosmetic makeover of the mall's interior. The new construction and makeover, which included new paint, new landscaping, new flooring, and improvements to the mall's entrances, cost a reported US$20 million. The mall also changed names from County East Mall to Somersville Towne Center at this time.
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