Southland Mall (Hayward, California)
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|Address||1 Southland Drive
|No. of stores and services||approximately 100|
|No. of anchor tenants||7|
|No. of floors||2|
Southland Mall is a major shopping mall in Hayward, California, owned and managed by Rouse Properties after General Growth Properties spun off the mall and some of its other properties to form Rouse in 2012. The mall is primarily a single-level structure, with a small lower level beneath anchor retailer JC Penney, and free standing restaurants in the outlying parking areas. The center is located off I-880 at Winton Avenue, at the western end of the city. The mall currently houses anchor stores Sears, Macy's, JC Penney and Kohl's. Other businesses include Ross, Foot Locker, Forever 21, Gamestop, Applebee's, Ashley Stewart and Bath & Body Works, among others. The mall has a food court and a TimeOut Arcade.
In 1961, a strip plaza known as Palma Ceia (Portuguese for "Palm Supper") was completed, which contained a Lucky's, Thrifty Drug Store (now a Rite Aid), and other smaller stores. There was also a freestanding Sears. When the main building of Southland Mall was built, the Palma Ceia name was dropped.
Southland Mall was dedicated in 1964, added to the previously existing Sears. The name Southland, the mall is located in Southern Alameda County. The new, fully enclosed mall included a Woolworth and JCPenney. A Liberty House (later Emporium Capwell and then Macy's) was part of a major expansion completed in 1972, which included an indoor ice rink.
In 1995, a new Mervyns store opened, replacing Joseph Magnins, an earlier Southland store. It became the new flagship of the Hayward-based department store chain. In 1998, Old Navy opened next to Sears. In 2004, Walgreens moved out of Southland. In 2006, Old Navy closed. In January 2007, Mimi's Cafe opened. Steve & Barry's moved into the former The Good Guys! (which had been the ice rink). In September 2009, Kohl's took over the Mervyn's store that had been shuttered earlier in the year. Lucky's closed its doors on August 2, 2008. Steve & Barry's closed in late 2008.
The mall initially had a large aviary, and a "Le Mans Speedway" bumper car ride, both in a large arcade beneath the main floor. Edited: Wrong; the aviary was not beneath the main floor which was called the "Lower Mall". It was upstairs near Sears. And the Le Mans speedway was not at the "Lower Mall" initially. In the beginning the lower mall only contained offices and a shoe repair and smoke shop and a few other small shops. It was years later that the area was converted to "Le Mans Speedway". There was also an Ice Skating rink near Liberty House. The Le Mans Speedway later was removed and the area converted to an eating court with a small arcade.
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