Broadway Plaza (Walnut Creek)

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Broadway Plaza
Broadway Plaza Walnut Creek 01.jpg
LocationWalnut Creek, California, United States
Coordinates37°53′44″N 122°03′28″W / 37.89551°N 122.05786°W / 37.89551; -122.05786Coordinates: 37°53′44″N 122°03′28″W / 37.89551°N 122.05786°W / 37.89551; -122.05786
Address1275 Broadway Plaza
Opening dateOctober 18, 1951; 69 years ago (October 18, 1951)
No. of stores and services80 (as of Jan 2017) [1]
No. of anchor tenants4
Total retail floor area776,000 sq ft (72,100 m2)[2]
No. of floors1 (2 in Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Zara, and Parking Garage)
Parking2,451 [3]

Broadway Plaza is an outdoor shopping mall located in downtown Walnut Creek. The shopping center opened on October 11, 1951 and is owned and operated by Macerich. The mall is anchored by Nordstrom, Macy's, and Neiman Marcus. The plaza features a mix of retailers and restaurants, including Tesla Motors, Athleta, Kate Spade New York, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, and Amazon Books.[4]


Broadway Plaza opened on October 18, 1951 with 38 stores.[5] JCPenney, Sears, Woolworths, Joseph Magnin (later I. Magnin), and a Lucky Supermarket were the mall's original anchors.[6] In 1954, Oakland-based department store Capwell's opened as the center's fifth anchor.[7]

Lucky was replaced by Northern California's second Bullock's department store in 1973,[8] which was in turn converted to Nordstrom in 1984.[9]

Capwell's became Emporium-Capwell in 1979,[10] and was converted to Macy's in 1995;[11] while I.Magnin was converted to a separate Macy's Men's store that same year.[12]

Neiman Marcus joined Broadway Plaza in March 2012,[13] as the beginning of several major changes to the shopping center. Plans for an extensive renovation of the mall, including the addition of 300,000 sq ft (28,000 m2) of new retail space, were approved in December 2013.[14] The expansion merged the two Macy's stores into an expanded single building, replaced existing parking garages with modern structures, and added a new two-level retail building between the existing Macy's and Nordstrom stores. The first tenants in the expansion opened in September 2016,[15] while additional tenants and a two-level Zara store in place of the former Macy's Men's store opened for business during the Christmas shopping season.[15] An additional phase, replacing two multi-tenant buildings with a landmark Apple store, commenced construction in early 2017, and opened in late 2018.[16]

On August 29, 2020, it was announced that Neiman Marcus would be closing as part of a plan to close 24 stores nationwide.[17]


  1. ^ "Broadway Plaza Directory". Macerich.
  2. ^ "Broadway Plaza Leasing Brochure" (PDF). Macerich. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-05-25. Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  3. ^ "Parking Downtown". City of Walnut Creek. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "Amazon to open bookstore in Bay Area".
  5. ^ "A Timeline of Walnut Creek History". Walnut Creek Historical Society.
  6. ^ "Broadway Plaza Turns 60". Diablo Magazine.
  7. ^ Evers, Anne (2014). Emporium Department Stores. ISBN 9781467132503.
  8. ^ "Bullocks Department Stores". Department Store Museum.
  9. ^ "Overstocking By Retailers In Apparel Slows Nordstrom Stock Recovery".
  10. ^ "Emporium Company, 835 Market Street Department Store #2, San Francisco, CA". Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD).
  11. ^ "Broadway to Convert 40 in Store Chain to Macy's". Los Angeles Times.
  12. ^ "Macy to Let I. Magnin Pass Into History". Los Angeles Times.
  13. ^ "Neiman Marcus Joins List of Big Name Retailers in Walnut Creek". CBS SF Bay Area.
  14. ^ "City Council Approves Plan for Broadway Plaza Renovation". Patch.
  15. ^ a b "Macerich Officially Opens Expanded Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek". September 1, 2016.
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