South Bay Galleria
|Location||Redondo Beach, California|
|Developer||Forest City Development|
|Management||Forest City Enterprises|
|Owner||Forest City Enterprises|
|No. of stores and services||140|
|No. of anchor tenants||3|
|Total retail floor area||955,000 square feet (88,700 m2)|
|No. of floors||3|
South Bay Galleria, formerly named Galleria at South Bay, is a mall in Redondo Beach outside of Los Angeles, California. It is anchored by Macy's, Kohl's and Nordstrom, as well as a 16-screen AMC Theatres multiplex.
Originally the site of a freestanding May Company store opened in 1959. As other stores opened around the May Company, such as a Woolworth's, the name South Bay Center was adopted. SBC as it was known, was an open air shopping center with many stores connected by a series of breezeways. On August 26, 1985 Forest City Development opened an attached mall, then known as "Galleria at South Bay". It included additional anchors Nordstrom and Mervyn's, which had opened a few months earlier.
In 1992 Forest City sold a half-interest in the center to CalPERS, before buying it back in 2001 and changing the official name to South Bay Galleria. In the meantime the May Company store had adopted the Robinsons-May name in 1993 and General Cinema had constructed a 16-screen multiplex cinema in 1997, before the company was sold to AMC Theatres in 2002. In September 2006, the Robinsons-May store was renamed Macy's.
In December 2008, the Mervyn's department store chain closed all of its stores due to bankruptcy, including the South Bay Galleria store. In December 2008, it was also announced that the Kohl's department store chain had bought 48 Mervyn's properties, including the South Bay Galleria property, and would take over the retail space that was formerly occupied by Mervyn's.
Anchors and major tenants
- Macy's (347,000 ft²; opened 1959 as May Company)
- Kohl's (84,000 ft²; opened 2009, previously Mervyn's)
- Nordstrom (161,000 ft²; opened 1985, Remodeled in October 2006; closing date 2015)
In movies and television
The South Bay Galleria has been used as a backdrop for several movie and television productions, including Fat Albert.
- Women's Wear Daily, August 26, 1985 "3-anchor Galleria at South Bay regional mall set to open today"
- Los Angeles Business Journal, November 23, 1992 "CalPERS to buy 50% stake in South Bay Galleria"
- After 30 years with the South Bay Galleria, Nordstrom moves to Del Amo in 2015.
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