Brea Mall

Coordinates: 33°54′56″N 117°53′11″W / 33.91548°N 117.88627°W / 33.91548; -117.88627
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Brea Mall
Northwestern entrance to Brea Mall in April 2007.
Location1065 Brea Mall, Brea, California, United States
Opening date1977
DeveloperHomart Development Company
ManagementSimon Property Group
OwnerSimon Property Group
No. of stores and services180
No. of anchor tenants5 (4 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area1,281,795 sq ft (119,083 m2) (GLA)[1]
No. of floors2 (3 in main Macy's, 3 and 4th floor offices in Nordstrom)
Public transit accessOC Bus: 57, 129, 143, Foothill Transit: 286

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, 179 specialty shops and boutiques, and a food court. It is 1,281,795 sq ft (119,083 m2). The anchors are Macy's, Macy's Men's & Home, JCPenney, and Nordstrom with one vacant anchor last occupied by Sears that has yet to be redeveloped into Life Time Fitness, retail, entertainment, and apartments.


Interior of Brea Mall in May 2007

The mall opened in 1977.[2] Originally, the mall was anchored by Sears and May Company California.[3][4] 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 (relocated from original location at Orangefair Marketplace in Fullerton), 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.

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 mall's last original anchor store to close.[5] On April 9, 2018, Simon announced plans to repurpose the Sears with a Life Time Fitness as well as new retail, entertainment, and apartments on three levels. The first phase is expected to open in the fall of 2020, with the remaining phases expected to open in 2021. It is one of the five malls owned by Simon that had Sears closed planned to be redeveloped.[6] By June, Pink's Hot Dogs opened their own restaurant here.



  1. ^ "Leasing & Advertising at Brea Mall®, a SIMON Center". Retrieved 2022-12-24.
  2. ^ "Brea Mall Whoops It Up For Grand Opening!". Orange Coast Magazine. September 1977. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  3. ^ "Ribbon Cutting in Brea". Los Angeles Times. August 14, 1977. p. g4. 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.
  4. ^ Wong, Herman (August 21, 1977). "Survival May Be a Victory in War of the Malls". Los Angeles Times. p. oc_b1. 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.
  5. ^ "Is your local Kmart or Sears closing?". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  6. ^ Zaks Equity Research (April 10, 2018). "Simon (SPG) Announces Plan to Transform Former Sears Stores". Nasdaq. Retrieved April 10, 2018.

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