Westfield MainPlace

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Westfield MainPlace
MainPlaceMall sign.jpg
The original MainPlace Santa Ana entrance sign in November 2006.
Location Santa Ana, California, USA
Address 2800 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Opening date September 26, 1987
Developer JMB Property
Management Westfield Group
Owner Westfield Group
Architect Jon Jerde
No. of stores and services 175[1]
No. of anchor tenants 2[1]
Total retail floor area 1,109,800sq.ft.[1]
No. of floors 3
Parking 5,300 [1]
Website Official Website

Westfield MainPlace, formerly known as MainPlace Santa Ana and sometimes colloquially as Main Place Mall, is an indoor tri-level, 1,100,000 sq ft (100,000 m2) shopping center located on the far north side of Santa Ana, California. The regional mall comprises 190 stores, 15 fast food shops, and five restaurants with Nordstrom, Macy's, Macy's Men Store and JCPenney as current anchors.


An interior view of Westfield MainPlace.

The location where MainPlace stands was the site of a Bullock's department store designed by Welton Becket and built in 1954. In 1958, Fashion Square was built adjoining the store. The small plaza, which totalled only 35 stores, acquired an I. Magnin in 1978. Other stores in Fashion Square included a See's Candy and Luggage Etc. In 1986 the plaza, except for the original Bullock's store was razed and a new enclosed mall constructed.

With its September 26, 1987 opening by developer JMB Property, the new MainPlace Santa Ana, with new anchors Nordstrom, May Company and J. W. Robinson's as well as the existing Bullock's became a leading regional shopping mall in Orange County. May Company and Robinson's were merged in 1993 to form Robinsons-May and retained both locations, operating one as a women's store and the other as a men's and home location. The Bullock's location was renamed Macy's in 1996. JMB Realty eventually became Urban Shopping Centers, Inc., which was acquired by Rodamco North America, N.V., a Netherlands-based property firm in 2000.

Acquired by the Westfield Group in 2002 from the dissolution of the Rodamco group, the center was renamed "Westfield Shoppingtown MainPlace". The "Shoppingtown" was dropped from the name in June 2005.

In March 2006, following the merger of Macy's owner Federated Department Stores and Robinsons-May parent May Department Store, both Robinsons-May locations were closed and the north location and the freehold of the existing Macy's store (former Bullock's) were sold to Westfield. Westfield subsequently sold the north store to JCPenney which opened in Spring of 2007, while Macy's (which had retained ownership) reopen a men's and home store in the south location in late 2006.

Westfield has tentative plans to redevelop the center to fit modern retail and entertainment trends. Eventually it is expected the former Robinsons-May location at the south end of the mall will be expanded to accommodate a full-line Macy's, and the existing Macy's building, dating from 1954, will be demolished for a lifetsyle and entertainment center. No official announcements have been made to date, only discussions with local planning and zoning authorities.[1]

OCTA Routes That Serve The Area[edit]

  • Route 53
  • Route 83
  • Route 453
  • Route 757


Appearance in Movies and on TV[edit]

  • The chase scene at the beginning of the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Kindergarten Cop was filmed at Main Place.
  • An episode (season 6, episode 6) of The Apprentice was filmed at Main Place.

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