Sunvalley Shopping Center
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|Location||Concord, California, U.S.|
|Opening date||August 5, 1967|
|Developer||A. Alfred Taubman|
|No. of stores and services||160|
|No. of anchor tenants||4|
|Total retail floor area||1,333,000 square feet (123,800 m2)|
|No. of floors||2 (3 in both Macy's locations and JCPenney, closed 3rd floor in Sears)|
Sunvalley Shopping Center, or more popularly Sunvalley Mall, is a regional shopping center located in Concord, California (one of the suburbs in the San Francisco Bay Area, in east central Contra Costa County). Located off Interstate 680, Sunvalley is owned and operated by the Taubman Company and is anchored by two Macy's locations, JCPenney, and Sears. The total square footage of the mall is 1.333 million square feet.
At the time of its construction, Sunvalley Shopping Center was said to be the largest air-conditioned regional shopping center in the world. Developed by A. Alfred Taubman, the shopping center opened on August 5, 1967 with a performance by Tony Martin and is 1,333,000 feet (406,000 meters) on two floors. In the mall's early days it had 40 vendors including three anchor stores: a 233,000-foot (71,000 m) Macy's, a 241,000-foot (73,000 m) Sears, and a 216,000-foot (66,000 m) JCPenney on three floors. A fourth anchor tenant was built in 1981: a three-floor, 180,000-foot (55,000 m) Emporium Capwell, which operated as The Emporium from 1990 to 1995 until the department store's sale to Federated Department Stores; this location later became a Macy's Men's/Home/Cellar/Backstage, reducing the number of different anchor tenants in the mall to three. A World's Fare food court made up of international restaurants also included staples like donuts and Kentucky Fried Chicken; stores included piano-organ stores, an art gallery, a pet shop, a post office, an ice skating rink, cages of rare birds, and water fountains in numerous locations. The SunValley Cinema had 1,500 seats. The parking lot has 9,000 spaces.
On December 23, 1985, a twin-engine light plane crashed into the mall after missing its initial landing attempt at nearby Buchanan Field. Seven people died, including three on the plane, and seventy-seven were injured. The accident caused $3.5 million in damages to the mall.
In 1991, the mall completed a two-year $40 million renovation which included installing 198 skylights, Italian marble walkways and chrome and glass railings.
In 2012, Sunvalley Shopping Center completed a multimillion-dollar renovation that included new mall entrances with illuminated signage, seating and landscaping. Parking amenities were also enhanced with energy-efficient LED lighting on the upper east parking deck, new exterior directional signage and landscaping. Inside the center, the central grand court area was completely renovated with the addition of Wi-fi, device charging, and a full-service customer service desk. The amount of seating throughout the center was doubled and new faux landscaping was installed.
In 2016, the mall opened a new food fourt containing restaurants such as Chicken Connection, Charleys Philly Steaks, and Lotus Express. Round 1 (an entertainment center) opened in the former Sports Authority space.
- Sunvalley Shopping Center Store Index
- Katie Dowd, "How many of SunValley Mall's original stores do you remember?", November 29, 2019.
- "Passing the test of time", SCT magazine, International Council of Shopping Centers, July 29, 2016.
- "Mayor Butt: Hilltop and the Sign", Radio Free Richmond, March 9, 2015.
- Mark A. Stein and Jerry Belcher, "4th Victim of Mall Air Crash Dies; 88 Injured", Los Angeles Times, December 25, 1985.
- Ryan Huff, "The Sunvalley mall plane crash: 20 years later", East Bay Times, December 21, 2010.
- Anna Sciacca, "How Contra Costa County's largest mall is trying to innovate in a changing retail landscape", San Francisco Business Times, January 15, 2016.
- Annie Sciacca, "Concord: New entertainment center at Sunvalley mall opens Friday", Mercury News, August 25, 2016.