Great Mall of the Bay Area
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The sign that directs shoppers outside the mall
|Location||Milpitas, California, United States|
|Developer||Ford Motor Land Development and Petrie Dierman Kughn|
|Management||Simon Property Group|
|Owner||Simon Property Group|
|No. of stores and services||200|
|No. of anchor tenants||11|
|Total retail floor area||1,361,920 square feet|
|No. of floors||1|
|Public transit access||Great Mall/Main Transit Center|
The Great Mall of the Bay Area (often simply called The Great Mall) is a large indoor outlet shopping mall in Milpitas, California built by Ford Motor Land Development and Petrie Dierman Kughn in 1994. It was acquired by Mills Corporation in 2003, and by the Simon Property Group in April 2007. The mall contains approximately 1.4 million square feet of gross leaseable area.
The Mall was formerly a Ford Motor Company San Jose Assembly Plant that was founded in the 1950s. Ford Mustangs were produced at this plant and Mustangs bearing the name San Jose as the assembly location were in fact built in Milpitas. Fairlanes, Torinos, Pintos, F-Series pickup trucks and Escorts; Edsel Rangers and Pacers; and Mercury Cougars, Montegos, Comets, Bobcats, Lynxes, & Capris (US version) were also assembled here. The plant closed down in 1983 in part due to increasing competition with Japanese auto manufacturers. In the early 1990s, developers resized the former plant and converted it into a mall. Today, an oak tree with a plaque commemorating Great Mall's history stands in the southwest section of its parking lot.
The Great Mall of the Bay Area, which opened on September 22, 1994, was developed as a joint venture between Ford Motor Land Development Corporation of Dearborn, Michigan and Petrie Dierman Kughn of McLean, Virginia.
In 2016, it was announced that the mall would be undergoing renovation in the spring.
The Great Mall of the Bay Area sits at the intersection of Great Mall Parkway (which becomes Capitol Avenue when it crosses Montague Expressway) and Montague Expressway. The Parc Metropolitan apartments lie to the north of the mall. A few inns are also located at the south entrance of the mall.
Great Mall, unlike many other malls (but like most Mills malls), is a "flat" mall and the 2nd largest mall in northern California — it has only one story but takes up a large amount of land. The mall is currently laid out in this fashion because the existing main structure used to be a Ford automobile assembly plant and was not designed to serve as a shopping center.
Various major retailers are represented in the mall, including The Home Depot, Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue, Marshalls, The Sports Authority, Dave & Buster's, Sears Appliance Outlet and a new Last Call by Neiman Marcus Clearance Center. The mall used to house a Vans Skatepark which closed in 2004 and was replaced by Kohl's. In addition, it houses a Century Theatres multiplex with 20 screens.
Based on gross leaseable area, the Great Mall of the Bay Area was once the largest mall in Northern California, but has now been surpassed by others. It still remains the largest outlet mall in Northern California, but not all of its stores are outlets. Great Mall also has a food court, which can be accessed through Entrance 4.
The Great Mall of the Bay Area is close to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's Great Mall/Main transit center. Many VTA bus routes and also one by AC Transit stop at this transit center. The light rail station is elevated in the median of Great Mall Parkway. BART plans to open Milpitas Station in 2017, providing accessibility to the Great Mall and connections with VTA and AC Transit.
Department stores and anchors
- Banana Republic (10,000 sq ft (1,000 m2))
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Beverages & More (10,566 sq ft (982 m2))
- Burlington Coat Factory (90,096 sq ft (8,370 m2))
- Century Theatres (71,734 sq ft (6,664 m2))
- Dave & Buster's (65,079 sq ft (6,046 m2))
- Forever 21 (20,920 sq ft (1,944 m2))
- The Gap Outlet (16,050 sq ft (1,491 m2))
- Group USA (20,754 sq ft (1,928 m2))
- Kohl's (91,843 sq ft (8,532 m2))
- Last Call Neiman Marcus (33,120 sq ft (3,077 m2))
- Marshalls Superstore (52,526 sq ft (4,880 m2))
- Nike (17,352 sq ft (1,612 m2))
- Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue (27,423 sq ft (2,548 m2))
- Old Navy (20,138 sq ft (1,871 m2))
- Sears Outlet (29,491 sq ft (2,740 m2))
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- "Theatre Detail". Cinemark Theaters. Retrieved 2012-09-15.