Glendale Galleria

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Glendale Galleria
Glendale Galleria logo.svg
Glendale Galleria Entrance at Sunset.png
The front entrance to the Glendale Galleria
General information
Status Complete
Type Shopping mall
Location Glendale, California, United States
Address 100 W Broadway Suite 700
Coordinates 34°8′45.22″N 118°15′29.82″W / 34.1458944°N 118.2582833°W / 34.1458944; -118.2582833Coordinates: 34°8′45.22″N 118°15′29.82″W / 34.1458944°N 118.2582833°W / 34.1458944; -118.2582833
Construction started 1973[1]
Opened October 14, 1976; 41 years ago (1976-10-14)[2][3]
Renovated 2012-2013[3][4]
Cost US$75 million[1]
Renovation cost US$57.5 million[4]
Owner General Growth Properties[5]
Technical details
Material Brick, marble, stone, aluminum, steel, granite, glass[6]
Floor count 3
Floor area 1.6 million ft²
Design and construction
Architect Jon Jerde[7]
Developer Glendale Associates[8]
Renovating team
Renovating firm
  • S.Y. Lee Associates[6]
    (Consulting Engineers)
  • AMEC E&I[6]
Structural engineer KPFF Consulting Engineers[6]
Civil engineer KPFF Consulting Engineers[6]
Other designers
  • RSM Design[6][9]
    (Signage and Graphics)
  • Horten Lees Brogden[6]
Main contractor VCC Construction[6]
Other information
Number of stores 200+[3]
Number of anchors 6
Parking 2 parking decks, 6300+ spots total[10]

The Glendale Galleria is a large three-story regional shopping mall and office building located in downtown Glendale, California, USA. It is the fourth largest mall in Los Angeles County after Westfield Topanga, Lakewood Center and Del Amo Fashion Center, and is one of the most frequently visited structures in Glendale,[6] along with the Americana at Brand across the street.

According to the mall's general manager, Brent Gardner, the Glendale Galleria brought in 30 million visitors in 2016 alone, compared to Disneyland's 18 million. Research firm Green Street Advisors ranked the Galleria as one of the top 100 shopping centers in the United States.[11]


Developed by Glendale Associates, a partnership between J.S. Griffiths Co, Broadway Hale Stores and M.J. Brock & Sons,[8] the mall opened on October 14, 1976.[2][5] The architect was Jon Jerde,[7] who credited his design to a Ray Bradbury essay on reviving retail districts.[12][13] The mall began with four anchor stores: Buffum's and The Broadway, which opened in August 1976; Ohrbach's, which opened in October 1976; and JCPenney, which opened in November of that year.[14]

The Galleria's first expansion, Galleria II, was completed in 1983.[14] It expanded a wing of the mall and added another anchor store, Nordstrom.[15] The first Panda Express restaurant opened in Galleria II in the same year, on level 3 near Bloomingdale's.

The first Disney Store opened in the Glendale Galleria on March 28, 1987. By 1990, the mall was 1,600,000 square feet (150,000 m2) in size, and had annual revenues of $350 million.[16]

Glendale Galleria was selected by Apple Inc. as the location of one of the first two Apple Stores in the world (along with Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Virginia); both officially opened on May 19, 2001.[17] This mall also includes the first three-story Target in the United States, which opened in July 2007.


The Glendale Galleria, under construction at the time, pictured from across S. Central Ave. looking westward.

Originally, the Galleria was covered in a windowless, unadorned brick finish.[6] This type of architecture reflected the style of other shopping malls built across the country between the 1960s and 1970s.


In 2012, various metal panels and meshes, most made out of white marble and black granite,[6] were added to the building's facades as an effort to modernize the Galleria. Housed inside the entrance sign is a white letter "G", made of clear polycarbonate with a translucent vinyl backer,[6] which is itself housed inside a black-coated square, also made out of marble.[6] Next to the Galleria's entrance, a reflecting pool houses a set of reflective metal letters that spell "GALLERIA", standing at 11 feet tall, and a set of black-coated metal letters that spell "GLENDALE", standing at 3.5 feet tall. The building for Bloomingdale's is coated with various illuminated tiles that flash at night.

Tenants and services[edit]

Specialty stores[edit]

As of 2017, Glendale Galleria features over 200 specialty stores. Some key tenants include Apple, Bloomingdale's, JCPenney, Macy's, Pirch, Target, Uniqlo and Zara, among many others.


The mall is anchored by six department stores.

  • JCPenney (opened in 1976)
  • Macy's (opened as The Broadway in 1976; became Macy's in 1996)
  • Target (opened as Buffum's in 1976; closed in 1991; became Robinson's-May in 1993; closed in 2006; became Target in 2007)
  • Bloomingdale's (opened November 2013; former Mervyn's space)[18]
  • Dick's Sporting Goods (opened fall 2015, 75,000 ft², former Nordstrom space[19])
  • Zara (opened August 2015, 35,000 sq. ft.) Store opening on the upper level of the former Ohrbach's building. All tenants formerly located in the wing have been relocated to other parts of the Galleria.[20]

Ohrbach's was also an original anchor. Its former location was demolished and the area was converted to another wing of the mall with smaller stores. Nordstrom originally opened in 1983 and was formerly located in the Galleria before relocating next door to the Americana at Brand in 2013.[21]


Customer services and amenities include a Wells Fargo ATM, a children's play area, an electric vehicle charging station, FedEx and UPS drop off centers, foreign currency exchange, a lost and found, various lounges, mobile charging stations across the mall, and valet parking.

Usage in media[edit]

Notable visitors[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Glendale Galleria Mall Opens to Public". Los Angeles Times. October 13, 1976. Retrieved March 11, 2010.  ("A milestone event in Southland retail merchandising will take place in Glendale on Thursday, October 14, when the 1,000-foot long shopping mall of the $70-million Glendale Galleria...")
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  5. ^ a b Brent Hopkins (October 27, 2009). "Mall for a new generation". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved March 11, 2010.  ("This all led to the 1976 birth of the Glendale Galleria, the super-regional mall so huge it extended across several city blocks. ... General Growth Properties Inc., owner of the Glendale Galleria")
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  10. ^ a b "Parking | Glendale Galleria". Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
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  15. ^ GROVES, MARTHA (1987-12-21). "Months of Planning Come to End as Glendale Galleria Packs 'Em In". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
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  24. ^ "The After Hours/Lost and Found/The World Next Door". The Twilight Zone. Season 2. Episode 4. CBS. 
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  26. ^ "The Psychic Vortex". The Big Bang Theory. Season 3. Episode 12. January 11, 2010. CBS. Look. At the Glendale Galleria, put on your best zoot suit, it’s a salute to Swing music in the center court near Macy’s. 
  27. ^ a b c d "Galleria still seeing stars". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  28. ^ "Reese Witherspoon Opens Pirch in Glendale". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 

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