Westfield Oakridge

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Westfield Oakridge
LocationSan Jose, California
Coordinates37°15′09″N 121°51′42″W / 37.252492°N 121.861668°W / 37.252492; -121.861668
Address925 Blossom Hill Road San Jose, CA 95123
Opening date1971 (as Oakridge Mall)
DeveloperThe Hahn Company
ManagementWestfield Group
OwnerWestfield Group
No. of stores and services207[1]
No. of anchor tenants5 (4 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area1,139,602 sq ft (105,872.5 m2)[1]
No. of floors1 with partial upper level
Parking5,002
Public transit accessSanta Clara VTA Oakridge
Websitewestfield.com/oakridge

Westfield Oakridge is a shopping mall that was sold to Westfield America, Inc. in 1998, and was rebranded as "Westfield Shoppingtown Oakridge" soon after.[2] The mall is anchored by Macy's and Target with junior anchors Century Theatres, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy, Forever 21, and H&M.

History[edit]

Westfield Oakridge opened in 1971 with anchors Macy's, Bullock's, and Montgomery Ward. Bullock's closed its Northern California locations in 1983 and sold its Oakridge location to Nordstrom; which opened in the building in 1985. Nordstrom opened a new department store at the competing Valley Fair shopping center in 1987, and the two stores existed simultaneously until 1994 when Nordstrom closed its Oakridge store and sold the building to Sears.[3]

The bankruptcy of Montgomery Ward in 2001 left an empty anchor slot at Oakridge, originally meant to be occupied by The Great Indoors, a Sears-owned home furnishings concept.[4] Instead, the building sat vacant until 2003, when it was remodeled and replaced by a two-level Target store. At the same time, Macy's added 75,000 square feet to its existing footprint, bringing its total square footage to more than 220,000 square feet.[5]

Westfield began a $150 million multi-phase expansion in the Summer of 2002 and was completed in late 2003.[6] The 300,000+ square foot expansion added two new junior anchors - Linens n' Things and a Borders bookstore, as well as a 20-screen Century Theatres cinema and a large food court. A restaurant row with The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, and Buca di Beppo fronted the new wing facing Blossom Hill Road.

The bankruptcies and eventual closures of Borders and Linens n' Things led to two new junior anchors at the center: a Nordstrom Rack opened in place of Linens n' Things,[7][8] while Forever 21 moved from a smaller in-line space to the former Borders store. A 20,000 square-foot H&M opened in 2011, taking over one of the mall's hallways and several tenant spaces in the process.

Westfield purchased the Sears building at Oakridge and two other properties in May 2017.[9]

On January 4, 2018, it was announced that Sears would be closing as part of a plan to close 103 stores nationwide. The store closed end of March 2018.[10] It was announced recently via the Silicon Valley Business Journal and from an in mall advertisements at the front of the former Sears that Living Spaces will be occupying 100,000 Square Feet of the former Sears space. There is no opening date set as of yet nor what other tenant(s) will occupy the remainder of the former Sears space that Living Spaces will not being using. [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Westfield Oakridge". Westfield Group. Retrieved 2011-02-09.
  2. ^ "Westfield America, Inc. (NYSW:WEA) announces acquisition..." (Press release). Westfield Group. 1998-10-07.
  3. ^ "Business - Nordstrom To Close California Store -- Changes In State May Force Long-Term Consolidation - Seattle Times Newspaper". community.seattletimes.nwsource.com. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  4. ^ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/westfield-america-inc-nyse-wea-announces-first-quarter-earnings-71698487.html
  5. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2004/03/08/daily45.html?page=all
  6. ^ http://www.westfieldcorp.com/news_announcements/westfield-america-announces-grand-opening-of-westfield-shoppingtown-oakridge/
  7. ^ David Goll (March 31, 2009). "Nordstrom returns to Oakridge mall". San Jose Business Journal.
  8. ^ "Nordstrom Reports September Sales" (Press release). Nordstrom, Inc. 2009-10-08.
  9. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2017/04/27/struggling-sears-sells-its-westfield-montgomery.html
  10. ^ https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2018/01/04/sears-to-shutter-two-bay-area-stores-in-latest.html
  11. ^ https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2019/03/28/san-jose-oakridge-mall-sears-living-spaces-revamp.html