Anaheim Plaza

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Anaheim Plaza
Coordinates33°50′20″N 117°56′23″W / 33.8388832°N 117.9396274°W / 33.8388832; -117.9396274
Address510 N Euclid St, Anaheim, CA 92801, USA
Opening date1954/1994
ManagementKimco Realty[1]
No. of stores and services28
No. of anchor tenants5
Public transit accessOCTA Route 37
Anaheim Plaza is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Anaheim Plaza
Anaheim Plaza

Anaheim Plaza, originally Anaheim Center, in Anaheim, California, was the first shopping mall in Orange County. It was a regional mall from 1954 to 1993 and is now a power center anchored by big-box stores.

The Broadway was the original anchor department store, and in February 1963, a J.W. Robinson's was added as the mall's second anchor store. In 1974, the center's owner, Prudential Life Insurance Co., completed a $4 million renovation, including enclosing the center and renaming it Anaheim Plaza.[2][3] In July 1977, a Mervyn's was added as the mall's third anchor store.

By the 1980s, better-off patrons had moved out of the surrounding area for Anaheim Hills and southern Orange County and the area were becoming more working-class and Hispanic.[2] In September 1987, business at Anaheim Plaza started to decline which was caused by the grand opening of MainPlace Mall in nearby Santa Ana, California. Robinson's closed in January 1988. By 1992, the mall was only 35% occupied. In January 1993, the mall's original anchor store The Broadway closed for good and in August of that same year, the mall was bulldozed except for the Mervyn's store.[4]

A new strip mall, all new except for the Mervyn's, was opened in November 1994, 547,000 square feet (50,800 m2) in size and costing $30 million. Mervyn's closed in late 2008 due to the chain being liquidated. [4]

Currently (as of January 2019), anchor stores include El Super, Forever 21 Outlet, Petco, TJ Maxx and Walmart (which opened in January 1995).[5]