Westfield Palm Desert
Street entrance of Westfield Palm Desert off CA SR 111
|Location||Palm Desert, California, USA|
|Address||72-840 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260|
|Developer||Ernest M. Hahn|
|No. of stores and services||176 |
|No. of anchor tenants||4|
|Total retail floor area||1.0 million ft²|
Originally opened as Palm Desert Town Center by Ernest M. Hahn in 1983 with Bullock's, Bonwit Teller, JCPenney and a May Company that opened the prior year, it quickly cut into the business of more established retailers in nearby Palm Springs. In February 1987 Bullocks Wilshire replaced Bonwit Teller and in March of that year J. W. Robinson's opened a location, replacing their Palm Springs store.
I. Magnin came to the center in 1990 when it renamed all the Bullocks Wilshire stores it operated. In 1993 with the merger of Robinsons and May Co. to form Robinsons-May, both locations were retained with one organized as a Women's Store and the other as a separate Men's and Home Store. I. Magnin was converted to a Bullock's Men's Store in 1995, and in 1996 both Bullock's stores adapted the Macy's nameplate.
The Hahn Company, Mr. Hahn's namesake company that he had sold in 1980 to Trizec Corp. Ltd., eventually acquired the center, before agreeing to sell it to Westfield America, Inc., a precursor to Westfield Group, in 1998. The transaction was completed in 1999, and the center was then renamed "Westfield Shoppingtown Palm Desert", dropping the "Shoppingtown" name in June 2005.
Robinsons-May eventually enlarged the former May Co. location in 2003 to a single full-line store and their former second store was reopened as Sears in 2004. With merger of Robinsons-May into Macy's West in 2006, the Robinsons-May store was temporarily closed before reopening in July 2006 as Macy's, which in turn closed its former two locations and sold them to Westfield.