Town Center at Corte Madera

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Town Center Corte Madera
Town Center at Corte Madera 2.jpg
Location Corte Madera, California, United States
Opening date 1958
Management Madison Marquette
Owner Morgan Stanley
No. of stores and services 68[1]
No. of anchor tenants 2
Total retail floor area 370,151 sq ft (34,388.2 m2)
No. of floors 1

Town Center Corte Madera is an upscale shopping center located in Corte Madera, California. It is located off U.S. Route 101 on Tamalpais Drive. It is anchored by a Safeway supermarket and Barnes & Noble. It is located across the freeway from The Village at Corte Madera and the two shopping centers provide much of the city of Corte Madera's income from retail sales tax. The Town Center is owned by 770 Tamalpais Drive, Inc. The owner of that corporation is Morgan Stanley[2]


Town Center in July 2014.

The Town Center can be called the successor to the Corte Madera Center (CMC), which opened in 1958 next to Littleman's Supermarket (later Cala Foods) which opened in 1952 and closed in 1985 and was located where P.F. Chang's is.[3] Louis Thomas, a men's apparel and formalwear shop that opened in 1958, is the oldest surviving tenant.[4] In 1985 CMC was largely re-developed,renamed Town Center Corte Madera, with anchor Montgomery Ward having closed, J.C. Penney adding a second story and then closing in 2000. There was a The Good Guys!, but it was bought out by CompUSA, and the location closed. It now houses a P. F. Chang's China Bistro.

There was substantial local controversy in 2005 and 2006 when it became known that Barnes & Noble would be moving into the space vacated by Marshall's, since one of Marin County's largest independent book stores was nearby.[5]

Anchors and major tenants[edit]

As of 2007, the Town Center Corte Madera and Madison Marquette Realty Services identified the largest tenants:[6][7]




  1. ^ Big Mall Rat Guide
  2. ^ Madison Marquette Realty Services, Property Detail > Town Center Corte Madera Retrieved May 20, 2007
  3. ^ Marin County Genealogy, Marin County – Our Towns – Corte Madera
  4. ^ Louis Thomas, Store Locations. Retrieved April 28, 2007; the store was founded in San Francisco in 1946 as "Louis George" and used that name when it first opened in Corte Madera
  5. ^ Citizens Concerned about Strengthening Independent Bookstores. Retrieved April 28, 2007
  6. ^ Town Center Corte Madera, Directory and Map. Retrieved April 28, 2007
  7. ^ Madison Marquette Realty Services, Property Detail > Town Center Corte Madera Retrieved May 20, 2007

Coordinates: 37°55′37″N 122°31′2″W / 37.92694°N 122.51722°W / 37.92694; -122.51722