Somersville Towne Center

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Somersville Towne Center
Location Antioch, California, United States
Coordinates 38°00′07″N 121°50′34″W / 38.00186°N 121.84273°W / 38.00186; -121.84273Coordinates: 38°00′07″N 121°50′34″W / 38.00186°N 121.84273°W / 38.00186; -121.84273
Address 2550 Somersville Road, Antioch, CA, 94509
Opening date 1966[1]
Owner The Macerich Company
No. of stores and services 65[2]
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 501,259 sq ft (46,568.5 m2)[1]
Website SomersvilleTowneCenter.com

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.[3] Originally opened in 1966,[2] it is strategically positioned in one of the fastest growing areas of the San Francisco Bay area, east Contra Costa County.[4] Along with high population growth, east Contra Costa County is also experiencing sizable household income increases.[5]

Somersville Towne Center is the only enclosed regional mall in east Contra Costa County.[4] The mall is anchored by Macy's, Sears, and Marshall's.[1][4]

History[edit]

County East Mall was opened in 1966 as an open-air mall with Sears, Mervyns, and W. T. Grant as the original anchor tenants.[6] 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.[6] JCPenney closed on January 25, 1997,[7] 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.[8][9] Further expansion brought in Marshall's as a fifth anchor in March 2008.[10] In August 2008, Mervyns announced it would close several underperforming stores, including the Somersville Towne Center location.[11] 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.[12]

Renovations[edit]

A major overhaul completed in 1989 transformed County East Mall from an open air shopping mall to an enclosed shopping center.[13] 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.[14] 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.[9] The mall also changed names from County East Mall to Somersville Towne Center at this time.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "New retailers at Somersville Towne Center". Antioch Press. 2007-10-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Retailers ho-ho-hoping for Xmas sales". The Byron Press. 2007-11-09. 
  3. ^ "Fictitious Business Name Filings". Contra Costa Times. 2003-11-23. "Somersville Towne Center, The Macerich Partnership L.P. (a California limited partnership), Madonna Shannon, 2556 Somersville Road" 
  4. ^ a b c Goll, David (2007-09-28). "Somersville center gets infusion of new tenants". East Bay Business Times. 
  5. ^ Adamy, Janet (2003-12-21). "East Contra Costa County, Calif., Becomes Retail Development Hot Spot". Contra Costa Times. 
  6. ^ a b c Rimsbault, Elizabeth; Antioch Historical Society (2005). "Business and Commerce". Antioch. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-3029-8. 
  7. ^ Griffith, Ann (1996-11-12). "JCPenney is closing at County East Mall". Contra Costa Times. p. C01. 
  8. ^ Read, Simon (2007-06-15). "JCPenney to make a comeback in Antioch". Contra Costa Times. 
  9. ^ a b Ramsey, Jane (2002-09-21). "Antioch, Calif., Mall to Revamp for Macy's". Contra Costa Times. 
  10. ^ "Antioch multiuse complex to open April 1". Contra Costa Times. 2008-03-22. "Another national retail chain, Marshalls, opened a store at the Somersville Towne Center last week." 
  11. ^ Avalos, George (2008-08-13). "Mervyns closing four Bay Area stores; two in East Bay". The Mercury News. 
  12. ^ Burgarino, Paul (9 November 2012). "Trampoline park looks to jump into old Gottschalks building in Antioch". Contra Costa Times. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Guide to Somersville Towne Center". Big Mallrat: Guide to Northern California Malls. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  14. ^ Torres, Blanca (2006-11-01). "Malls throughout East Bay court shoppers; Shopping center makeovers". Oakland Tribune. 

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