Westfield Galleria at Roseville

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Westfield Galleria at Roseville
Galleria Mall - Roseville.jpg
Location Roseville, California, United States
Address 1151 Galleria Blvd, Roseville, CA 95678
Opening date Aug 25, 2000
Management Westfield Corporation
Owner Westfield Corporation
No. of stores and services 206 [1]
No. of anchor tenants 4[1]
Total retail floor area 1,336,009 (owned by Westfield. Anchors not included) [2]
No. of floors 2
Parking 6,400
Website Official Website

Westfield Galleria at Roseville (formerly called Galleria at Roseville) is an upscale shopping mall in Roseville, California, United States. Owned by the Westfield Corporation, it is located at the corner of Galleria Boulevard and Roseville Parkway near the junction of State Route 65 and Interstate 80.

Sign on an ornate stele announces the Galleria's location to a nearby intersection.
Carousel located inside the Galleria.

Anchors & major retailers[edit]

History[edit]

An early plan considering building a mall in the neighboring city of Rocklin. After a long and tedious process, the Rocklin plans were scrapped and were submitted to Roseville. On July 25, 1995, a phased mall with three anchors was approved. On June 25, 1998, after stronger than anticipated demand, a single phase mall with four anchors was approved after Nordstrom committed to building a store as the fourth anchor. The $100 million Galleria at Roseville was built and opened on August 25, 2000 by Urban Retail Properties, Inc., anchored by Macy's, Nordstrom, JCPenney, and Sears.

In 2000, Urban was acquired by Rodamco North America, N.V, a Netherlands-based real estate investment company. The center was subsequently sold to the Westfield Group in 2002 with the dissolution of Rodamco. At that time, the center was renamed "Westfield Shoppingtown Galleria at Roseville."[3] The Shoppingtown moniker was dropped from all Westfield properties in 2005.[4]

Expansion[edit]

In 2004, Westfield announced plans to expand the Galleria.[5] After several changes, the expansion consisting of 400,000 square feet of new and reconfigured retail space, a new Dining Terrace, and expansions to the mall's Macy's and JCPenney stores was approved.[6] The mall's original food court and part of its outdoor Promenade area were demolished, and an existing Crate & Barrel store was relocated to accommodate the project.[7] The expansion was completed in 2009 at a final cost of $270 million.[8]

Other changes occurred throughout the mall area, including the closure of the Borders bookstore in the mall's promenade in 2008,[9] and the addition of The Cheesecake Factory on a portion of the parking lot.

From late 2008 to mid-2009, new retailers began coming online including relocated Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn stores, Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 on the mall's Promenade, and a luxury wing anchored by Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Tiffany & Co., and Hugo Boss. Upon completion, the expanded property surpassed Arden Fair Mall as the largest mall in the Sacramento metropolitan area both in size and number of stores.

2010 Fire[edit]

Aerial view of fire damage.
Aerial view of damage.

On October 21, 2010, at around 10:30 am, a major fire started in the GameStop store as a result of arson. The suspect had a backpack (filled with unknown items) and claimed to have a handgun when he entered the store. The suspect claimed that his "sister had been kidnapped by aliens", then told employees to exit the GameStop, at which point, he barricaded himself in the GameStop and set fire to the merchandise. SWAT, firemen and the police arrived after a call, and a standoff occurred outside the GameStop while the mall was evacuated. The suspect, Alexander Piggee, 23 years old at the time, was caught and arrested. The bomb squad had tried to search the backpack, but their attempt was stopped when the fire unexpectedly erupted again, after having been quieted down by the sprinklers. The fire caused significant damage to part of the mall, but was brought under control after approximately four hours. It has been reported that the night before he had set a fire in an Antelope Wal-Mart and police were already searching for him.[10] Piggee had also set fire to his grandmother's house the week before the incident at the Galleria Mall. No injuries were reported during these incidents.

Extra firefighters from nearby communities were called in to help fight the fire.[11][12] A total of 20 stores were destroyed by the fire, including the Gamestop, Anchor Blue, FYE, American Eagle Outfitters, and PacSun. A section of the roof also collapsed into the fire area. Damage is estimated by ATF officials at around $55 million. Though the majority of the building was left intact after the fire, the mall was closed for a week. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Placer County the day after the fire. Roseville city officials have said that as many as 40 stores in the undamaged sections of the mall reopened on Thursday, October 28. Another 80 Stores, including Macy's were re-opened by Thanksgiving and the 40 stores near the fire area plan to be reopened after the first of the year.[13] On October 28 the undamaged part of the mall re-opened, and two days later a party was held at the mall to celebrate the reopening, as well as Halloween and to get support in the rebuilding of the mall. On October 6, 2011, the mall unveiled a renovation that included new lighting, new ceiling decor, new carpet and railings, and officially reopened the Macy's wing with a mix of new tenants and returning stores.

Alexander Piggee subsequently pleaded guilty to setting the fire, and Federal Judge John Mendez sentenced Piggee to 15 years, after which he will be on probation for 6 years. Both defense and prosecution attorneys had requested a sentence of 10 years, but Mendez issued a substantially longer sentence, calling Piggee a threat to public safety.[10]

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Coordinates: 38°46′28″N 121°16′09″W / 38.774462°N 121.269053°W / 38.774462; -121.269053