Santa Maria Town Center

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Santa Maria Town Center
LocationSanta Maria, California, United States
Coordinates34°57′05″N 120°26′07″W / 34.9515°N 120.4352°W / 34.9515; -120.4352Coordinates: 34°57′05″N 120°26′07″W / 34.9515°N 120.4352°W / 34.9515; -120.4352
Opening date1976
DeveloperThe Hahn Company[1]
OwnerSpinoso Real Estate Group
ArchitectBurke, Kober, Nicolais, Archuleta
No. of stores and services69
No. of anchor tenants3 (2 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area600,000 sq ft (56,000 m2)
No. of floors2
Parking3 levels, 3,315 spaces

Santa Maria Town Center (also referred to as Town Center Mall) is an indoor shopping center located in Santa Maria, California. It is located on the junctions of Routes 135 (Broadway) and 166 (Main Street), and Cook Street and Miller Street. Anchored by Macy's and Edwards Theatres, Santa Maria Town Center is the only enclosed shopping center in Santa Barbara County, and is the largest in the Central Coast, totaling about 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2) in area. It is home to a mix of 69 stores and eateries totaling approximately 25 acres (10 ha) of retail space, and features national retailers like Kay Jewelers, Bath & Body Works, Foot Locker, and GNC. The Town Center also features two three-level parking garages with 3,315 total parking spaces.


The Town Center Mall opened in 1976, with Gottschalks and Sears as its original anchors.[2] It also featured a three-screen United Artists cinema, which was sold in 1996 to Wallace Theater Corporation and operated as a discount cinema until its eventual closure in 2001. The mall was expanded in 1990 to include May Company California[3][4] (later Robinsons-May, now Macy's) as a new anchor store.[5] From the 1990s until the early 2000s, the mall featured a large, hand-carved, indoor carousel, which has since been listed for sale.[6]

Several tenants in the Town Center Mall closed during the 2007-9 Great Recession, including Gottschalks, which declared bankruptcy in 2009.[7] In July 2010, the mall's owners defaulted on a $32 million loan. Negotiations prevented the mall from going into receivership.[8]

From December 10, 2010 to January 9, 2011, the Town Center Mall was home to an outdoor ice skating rink, just outside the former Gottschalks building. It was the first time such a venue was hosted in Santa Maria.[9]

The Town Center Mall was sold to Spinoso Group in October 2012, who began renovations on the former Gottschalks wing. The old Gottschalks location was demolished in 2013 and rebuilt as a Regal Cinemas. Renovations focused mainly on family entertainment venues, including a new soccer training facility, a gymnastics center, and a baseball and softball center, as well as improvements to the existing skateboarding park.[10][11]

In 2015, Sears Holdings spun off 235 of its properties, including the Sears at Santa Maria Town Center, into Seritage Growth Properties.[12]

In September 2018, the Town Center Mall was sold to an undisclosed global insurance company for $21.5 million. The remaining anchor stores and the parking garages were not part of the transaction. The company plans to add new tenants and venues to the shopping center.[13][14]

On November 7, 2019, Transformco announced it would be closing 51 Sears stores nationwide, which included its Town Center location. The store closed on February 2, 2020, after 44 years of operation.[15][16]


  1. ^ Directory of major malls. MJJTM Publications Corp. 1990. pp. 86–87.
  2. ^ "Santa Maria Town Center Mall Opens With Sears, Gottschalk's". Los Angeles Times. 1976-09-12. p. i10. Santa Maria Town Center, a $30-million retail complex which contains Sears and Gottschalk's department stores and 85 shops. is now open in Santa Maria. The two-level enclosed mall was developed by a partnership of Rybar Associates; Santa Marla Central City Investments, a limited partnership of Santa Maria area businessmen; and Ernest W. Hahn Inc. of Hawthorne. Architect of the project was Burke, Nicolais and Archuleta, Pasadena. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  3. ^ Judy Breitman v. May Company California, a Division of the May Department Stores Company, 37 F.3d 562 (9th Cir. 1994).
  4. ^ Galperin, Ron (April 1, 1990). "'Power Centers' Muscle Way Into Sales Volume : Retail: New type of shopping centers outperform sales of retail malls. They are cropping up wherever land is relatively cheap". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Rapp, Dawn (2005-10-04). "Macy's Will Open In Santa Maria, The Department Store, Which Had Signed On to the Marketplace but Backed Out, Will Replace Robinsons-May At The Town Center". San Luis Obispo Tribune. p. A1. Retrieved 2016-01-24 – via NewsBank.
  6. ^ "Full Size Merry Go Round Park Carousel Shopping Mall Ride Carnival Wood Horses". 2019-01-29. Archived from the original on 2020-10-18. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  7. ^ Asman, Amy (2009-04-08). "Goodbye, Gottschalks". Santa Maria Sun. 10 (4). Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  8. ^ Ramos, Julian J. (2010-07-03). "Town Center owner deals with default". Santa Maria Times. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  9. ^ "Outdoor ice skating coming". Santa Maria Times. 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  10. ^ Potthoff, Gina (2012-10-10). "Santa Maria Town Center Mall Has Been Sold". Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  11. ^ Cone, Shelly (2013-11-12). "Spotlight on: Edwards Theatre". Santa Maria Sun. 14 (36). Retrieved 2018-11-22.
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  13. ^ Syed, Razi (2018-09-26). "Santa Maria Town Center sold for $21.5 million". Santa Maria Times. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  14. ^ Carls, Keith (2018-10-02). "Santa Maria Town Center looks to prosperous future". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  15. ^ Tyko, Kelly; Bomey, Nathan (2019-11-07). "Sears and Kmart store closings: 51 Sears, 45 Kmart locations to shutter. See the list". USA Today. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  16. ^ Hill, Naja (2020-02-02). "Santa Marians mourn the permanent closure of Sears". KEYT-TV. Retrieved 2020-03-22.

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