Westfield Culver City

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Westfield Culver City
WSTFLD Fox Hills 2006.jpg
The former interior view of Westfield Fox Hills in 2006.
Location Culver City, California, USA
Address 6000 Sepulveda Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90230-6482
Opening date October 1975
Developer The Hahn Company
Management Westfield Group
Owner Westfield Group
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 1,061,687 sq ft (98,633.9 m2)
No. of floors 3
Website westfield.com/culvercity

Westfield Culver City (also known as the Fox Hills Mall), is a shopping mall in Culver City, California, owned by the Westfield Group. Its anchor stores are JCPenney, Best Buy, Target, and Macy's. Westfield America, Inc., a precursor to Westfield Group, acquired the shopping center in 1998 and renamed it "Westfield Shoppingtown Fox Hills", dropping the "Shoppingtown" name in June 2005. The former Robinsons-May department store closed in 2006 and was redeveloped into a Target and a Best Buy store in 2009.

History[edit]

Opened in October 1975, Fox Hills Mall was one of the first 3-level malls in California. Gruen Associates were the project architects.

Situated on a 50-acre (200,000 m2) site, the Mall opened with three anchor tenants: JC Penney, The Broadway and May Co., and nearly 92% initial occupancy.

Notable elements of its original design were a glass-and-steel "theme" staircase in the center of the mall, as well as the angled bridges which connected the multiple levels.

The theme staircase was removed during the 2009 renovation, but the bridges still remain.

Dining Terrace[edit]

Noted Los Angeles food critic Jonathan Gold gave the mall food court (officially called a "dining terrace") a complimentary review that highlighted the ethnic diversity of the food choices available: "After 60-odd years in Los Angeles, the city that practically invented the modern shopping center, a developer finally gets it...Fox Hills has always been among the most multiracial of Los Angeles malls, downhill from the posh African-American homes of Baldwin Hills and Ladera Heights, close to the Asian and Muslim enclaves of south Culver City, in proximity to Westchester and the Marina, Inglewood and Playa del Rey......Brilliant: not quite. But other mall operators would do well to pay attention."[1]

"Black Mall"[edit]

Film director Kevin Smith has dubbed Westfield Culver City his favorite "black mall." Mr. Smith has described how, as his weight gradually increased over the years, he was able to dress himself relatively fashionably by avoiding "big and tall" stores and shopping at malls like Westfield Culver City. "[E]lephant-trunk shorts and oversized shooters can be found in abundance.... [W]hat’s baggy on the hip-hop crowd is a just-fit for those of us who are fat, white and lame.... [I]f you’re a fat [expletive deleted] like me, live in L.A., and find yourself frustrated by how little you’re catered to, fashion-wise, at the Beverly Center or The Grove, trust me: man-up and get your ass to the Fox Hills Mall over in Culver City."[2][3]

Anchors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan Gold Reviews Westfield Culver City Food Court
  2. ^ [1] Silent Bob Speaks blog entry
  3. ^ [2] The Audient blog entry on the mall's black marketing

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Coordinates: 33°59′07″N 118°23′42″W / 33.9852°N 118.395°W / 33.9852; -118.395