Brea Mall

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Brea Mall
Northwestern entrance to Brea Mall
Location 1065 Brea Mall, Brea, California, USA
Opening date 1977
Developer Homart Development Company
Management Simon Property Group
Owner Simon Property Group
No. of stores and services 175
No. of anchor tenants 3 (1 vacant)
Total retail floor area 1.3 million square feet (GLA)
No. of floors 2
Website Official Website

The Brea Mall is a shopping mall located in the Orange County city of Brea, California. Since 1998, the mall has been owned and operated by the Simon Property Group. It is home to four major department stores, over 175 specialty shops and boutiques, and a food court. It is approximately 1,310,000 square feet (1.31 million.) Mall anchors are two Macy's locations, JCPenney, and Nordstrom with one vacant anchor last occupied by Sears that is yet to be redeveloped into Lifetime Fitness, retail, entertainment, and apartments.

Interior of Brea Mall

The mall opened in 1977.[1] Originally, the mall was anchored by Sears and May Company California.[2][3] Later, The Broadway was added, and Nordstrom opened their second California store. J. W. Robinson's and a larger Nordstrom were then constructed along with a Y-shaped addition to the main mall in the early 1990s. In 1993, The May Department Stores Company merged J. W. Robinson's and May Company California to form Robinsons-May. As a result, the J. W. Robinson's store was sold to JCPenney, and the May Company California location was renamed and expanded. The Broadway was converted to Macy's after Federated Department Stores, Inc.'s purchase of The Broadway's parent company Carter Hawley Hale Stores in 1996. In 2006, due to the merger between Federated Department Stores and The May Department Stores Company, the Robinsons-May location was converted to a Macy's furniture store. In the 1970s and 1980s the Brea Mall also had an ice skating rink that was later removed to expand the food court.

The Brea Mall has also been host to recording artists such as Ashlee Simpson, Mýa, Ryan Cabrera, and The Summer Obsession.

On January 4, 2018, Sears announced that its Brea store would be closing as part of a plan to close 103 stores nationwide. The store closed on April 8, 2018, making it the last original anchor store to close.[4] On April 9, 2018, Simon announced plans to repurpose the Sears with a Lifetime Fitness as well as new retail, entertainment, and apartments on three levels. It is one of the five malls owned by Simon that had Sears closed planned to be redeveloped.[5] By June Pink's Hot Dogs opened their own restaurant here.

Bus Routes Serving The Mall[edit]

  • OCTA Routes
  • 57/57x-Brea To Newport Beach serves State College Blvd., City Dr, Bristol St
  • 129-La Habra To Anaheim Serves La Habra Blvd, Beach Blvd, Brea Blvd, Kraemer Blvd
  • 143-La Habra To Brea Serves Harbor Blvd, Brea Blvd
  • 153-Brea To Anaheim Serves Placentia Ave
  • Foothill Transit Route 286
  • 286-Brea-Pomona via Diamond Bar Blvd and Orange Freeway (57)


The mall was featured in the Jeffries Fan Club song: "JFC Where Did You Go." The lyrics are "Visit Chris Rush at the Brea Mall," referencing the band's trumpet player.



  1. ^ "Brea Mall Whoops It Up For Grand Opening!". Orange Coast Magazine. September 1977. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  2. ^ "Ribbon Cutting in Brea". Los Angeles Times. August 14, 1977. p. g4. (Subscription required (help)). Grand opening of the Brea Mall regional shopping center in Brea will be held Sept. 28, although the May Co. and mall doors will open officially Wednesday. About 20 specialty shops also will be open by that day. Sears has opened already. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  3. ^ Wong, Herman (August 21, 1977). "Survival May Be a Victory in War of the Malls". Los Angeles Times. p. oc_b1. (Subscription required (help)). Brea Mall is an example. This two-level enclosed complex, just opened next to the Orange Freeway, is now the dominant retail center in a sector long sprawling with smaller shopping plazas and commercial strips. It is anchored by a Sears and a May Co. with a Broadway store and a fourth major store planned to open later. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  4. ^ "Is your local Kmart or Sears closing?". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  5. ^ Zaks Equity Research (April 10, 2018). Nasdaq Retrieved April 10, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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Coordinates: 33°54′56″N 117°53′11″W / 33.91548°N 117.88627°W / 33.91548; -117.88627