Coddingtown Mall

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Coddingtown Mall
Coddingtown sign.png
The rotating sign at the east end of Coddingtown Mall facing US Route 101
Location Santa Rosa, California
Coordinates 38°27′28″N 122°43′48″W / 38.457778°N 122.73°W / 38.457778; -122.73
Address 733 Coddingtown Center
Opening date 1962
Developer Hugh Codding
Owner Codding Enterprises
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 843,000 square feet[1]
No. of floors 1 (3 in JCPenney and Macy's)

Coddingtown Mall is one of two enclosed shopping malls in Santa Rosa, California. Opened in 1962, the mall is anchored by JCPenney, Macy's, Nordstrom Rack, Target, and Whole Foods Market. It is owned by Codding Enterprises and Simon Property Group, the latter of which also owns Santa Rosa Plaza.


Coddingtown Mall was built in 1962 by Hugh Codding. Originally an open-air mall, it was enclosed in 1979.[2] The expansion also added Liberty House, which was converted to Macy's in 1984. In 1996, Macy's moved to a spot previously occupied by The Emporium. As a result, Gottschalks moved into the former Liberty House/Macy's building.[3][4] Codding sold a 50% share of the mall to Simon Property Group in 2005. After the sale to Simon, many merchants criticized Simon for failing to bring chain stores to the mall.[5] A Ralphs supermarket in the mall was demolished in 2008 for a Whole Foods Market,[6] whose opening was ultimately delayed until 2010,[7] and Gottschalks closed in 2009.[8]

In November 2012, the former Gottschalks building was demolished to make way for a Target store,[9] which opened in 2014.[10] Mall officials announced in 2015 that a new building for Nordstrom Rack would replace the section housing merchants including Bank of the West and Baskin-Robbins, several of which were moved to new units.[11] Nordstrom Rack opened in 2016.[12]

In December 2017, the mall returned to fully local ownership after the Codding family business repurchased the 50 percent stake in the shopping center previously owned by mall giant Simon Property Group.[13]

In popular culture[edit]

In 1997, the San Francisco-based band Primus released the song "Coddingtown" as part of the Brown Album. According to the song, "you can get it all down there from tennis balls to glue".[14]


  1. ^ Simon Property Group, L.P. and/or Its Affiliates (NYSE: SPG), © Copyright 1999-2016. All Rights Reserved. "Do Business at Coddingtown Mall, a Simon Property". 
  2. ^ GHD Inc. (May 10, 2012). "Coddingtown Target Store: Initial Study/Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration" (PDF). City of Santa Rosa. pp. 32–33. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Archive Search - - The Press-Democrat - Santa Rosa, CA". 
  4. ^ "Archive Search - - The Press-Democrat - Santa Rosa, CA". 
  5. ^ "Coddingtown Mall losing merchants". The Press Democrat. 
  6. ^ "Archive Search - - The Press Democrat - Santa Rosa, CA". 
  7. ^ "Back on track?". The Press Democrat. 
  8. ^ "Coddingtown Mall losing merchants". The Press Democrat. 
  9. ^ "Gottschalks demolition work begins at Coddingtown Mall". The Press Democrat. 
  10. ^ Staff (October 13, 2014). "Target opens second Santa Rosa store". The North Bay Business Journal. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  11. ^ McCallum, Kevin (September 30, 2016). "Coddingtown lands Nordstrom Rack". The Press Democrat. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  12. ^ Warren, Christi (September 30, 2016). "Nordstrom Rack makes its debut in Santa Rosa". The Press Democrat. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  13. ^ Morris, J.D. (December 24, 2017). "Codding family buys out Simon Property Group's stake in Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa". The Press Democrat. Retrieved December 24, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Primus – Coddingtown". Retrieved August 19, 2016. 

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