Plaza West Covina

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Plaza West Covina
Location West Covina, California, USA
Coordinates 34°04′15″N 117°55′57″W / 34.0709°N 117.9325°W / 34.0709; -117.9325Coordinates: 34°04′15″N 117°55′57″W / 34.0709°N 117.9325°W / 34.0709; -117.9325
Address 112 Plaza Drive, West Covina, CA 91790
Opening date 1975
Management Starwood Capital Group
Owner Starwood Retail Partners
No. of stores and services 208 [1]
No. of anchor tenants 6
Total retail floor area 1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2)
Website shoppingplazawestcovina.com

Plaza West Covina, formerly Westfield West Covina, and before that Plaza at West Covina, West Covina Fashion Plaza, and West Covina Plaza, is a large regional shopping mall in West Covina, California, owned by the Starwood Capital Group. Its anchor stores are Macy's, JCPenney, Sears, XXI Forever, Nordstrom Rack, Best Buy, Gold's Gym. Westfield America, Inc., a precursor to Westfield Group acquired the shopping center in 1998, and renamed it "Westfield Shoppingtown West Covina", dropping the "Shoppingtown" name in June 2005. In October 2013 Westfield Group sold the mall to Starwood Capital Gropu[2]

History[edit]

West Covina Plaza, an open-air strip shopping complex, opened in 1962, anchored by The Broadway and Desmond's, a specialty retailer. The complex was demolished in 1974, leaving The Broadway and Desmond's intact. These were worked into an enclosed complex known as West Covina Fashion Plaza, which opened in 1975. The new center paralleled the San Bernardino Freeway and added new anchors JCPenney and Bullock's. Desmonds was not connected to the mall. The store folded in the late 1970s and became a 2-story Tower Records location.

In 1991, the official name of the shopping venue was changed to Plaza At West Covina. 1992-1993, a new wing anchored by Robinsons-May was constructed east of the Bullock's store. The first major anchor changes didn't come until 1996, when Federated Department Stores sold The Broadway store to Sears, and converted the Bullock's location to Macy's. Sears opened their new location in 1997, moving from a nearby stand-alone location in Covina.

On September 9, 2006, Federated renamed the old Robinsons-May store as Macy's and temporarily operated two stores at the mall. In 2007 the Macy's in the former Robinsons-May location was expanded and remodeled and in early 2008, Macy's West Covina store was consolidated into that building. The former Macy's (Bullock's) location had already been sold to The Westfield Group and closed in March 2008. Demolition of the 144,527-square-foot (13,427.0 m2) building begin early October 2008, and plans are underway to convert the space into additional mall space as well as a Best Buy and five restaurants.[3]

Tower Records closed in late 2006. The mall's parking lot is also home to the newest Bob's Big Boy's Restaurant, which is located in the old Chevy's space and a new concert venue Crazy Horse Live.

Plaza West Covina Today[edit]

Plaza West Covina is a large major regional mall that has 208 shops, stores, and restaurants. The Mall is 2 levels and is anchored by Macy's(180,000 sq ft.) to the east, JC Penny(193,963 sq ft.) to the south, Sears(137,820 sq ft.) to the west, Best Buy(45,000 sq ft.) to the north, the newly opened XXI Forever flagship store (to the north)and Nordstrom Rack(Coming Soon). There is a food court on the second level as well as other restaurants, and other food & drink kiosk. The Mall is known for the many fashion shops and high-end fashion boutiques such as; XXI Forever, H&M, Sephora, M.A.C., Hollister, Express, American Eagle Outfitters, Cathy Jean, Michelle D, Forever 21, The Children's Place, Foreign Exchange, Nordstrom Rack, Salvatory, and more.

Plaza West Covina Expansion[edit]

Plaza West Covina Expansion is undergoing a major renovation and expansion. It Includes both cosmetic & structural renovation and expansion to the inside and outside of the mall. Westfield has been renovating the Plaza West Covina mall and is currently in its third Phase of development. The first Phase of the mall development was the expansion of the former Robinson's May space into an 180,000-square-foot (17,000 m2) Macy's. Phase II consisted of transforming the vacant former Macy's building into a mini-anchor space for Best Buy and the addition of retail space totaling approximately 130,000 square feet (12,000 m2) of development along the northern façade of the mall. Phase II includes Best Buy and XXI Forever. Future tenants include the following restaurants Lee's Sandwiches and California Crepe and Pasta. Phase III extends the life style development of Phase II into the remaining northern façade of the mall between Red Robin and Sears. Phase III includes the addition of approximately 32,000 square feet (3,000 m2) and the reconfiguration of exiting mall space. This phase will feature a second mini-anchor space of 45,000 square feet (4,200 m2) for a Nordstrom Rack and will include a Gold's Gym.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Westfield - Our Stores
  2. ^ "Westfield Group Announces Multiple Center Transaction With Starwood Capital Group". Starwood Retail Partners. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Macy's site demolished at Westfield West Covina". San Gabriel Valley Tribune (MediaNews Group). 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 

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