Westfield Plaza Bonita

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Westfield Plaza Bonita
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View over Westfield Plaza Bonita from La Vista Cemetery
LocationNational City, California
Address3030 Plaza Bonita Road, National City, CA 91950
Opening date1981 as Plaza Bonita
DeveloperMay Centers, Inc.
No. of stores and services147 [1]
No. of anchor tenants4
Total retail floor area816,000 square feet (75,800 m2)
No. of floors2
ParkingOutdoor Parking Lot/3-Story Parking Lot

Westfield Plaza Bonita commonly known as Plaza Bonita and Plaza is a shopping mall located in National City, California, owned by the Westfield Group (now Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield). Its anchor stores are JCPenney, AMC Theatres, Macy's, and Target.

Although it is within the boundaries of National City, the mall is closely associated with and takes its name from the nearby community of Bonita, California.[2]


The mall opened in 1981 anchored by JCPenney, Mervyn's, Montgomery Ward, and the May Company.[3] Westfield America, Inc., a precursor to The Westfield Group acquired the shopping center in 1994.

In mid-2006, the former Wards store, which had been the location of seasonal retailers (Halloween costumers and art shows) was stripped and gutted and a new plan was announced to the public that the South end of the mall would be demolished and rebuilt.[4]

The mall opened in 1981 as the first enclosed shopping center in the area of South Bay and anchor stores like JCPenney, Mervyn's, Montgomery Ward, and May Company. The original design included a large razo sky orange and silver, wood designs. The entire shopping complex was stuck in the middle with a great source of two stories high, but was dismantled in mid 2002. Westfield America, Inc., a precursor to The Westfield Group acquired the mall 1994, and in 1998 appointed him to "Westfield Shopping Town Plaza Bonita", removing the name "Shoppingtown" in June 2005.

In mid-2002, America Westfield shopping center, went through several phases of renovations to modernize and have a more modern and youthful design. The new design of the new mall is similar to most Westfield shopping centers. The whole mall was painted again and new ceramic tile and the food court was renovated and built in a more central place were installed. That same year a restaurant Outback Steakhouse, opened and revitalized a part of the shopping center located near the parking lot. It was the second full restaurant to open after the Applebee's in which opened in 1993.

In mid-2006, the former Wards store, which is especially dedicated for festive seasons (Halloween costumes etc.) was dismantled and a new plan was announced that the south end of the mall demolished and rebuilt serious. In 2008 the Westfield Plaza Bonita shopping center was finished being remodeled. The new stores that opened in the part that was remodeled includes Target, AMC Theatres, Borders bookstore, a new food court, parking on three levels, as well as new shops and restaurants. The new part of the mall opened on May 16, 2008.

In 2008 Target, Borders (relocated from Otay Ranch Town Center), AMC, The Former Montgomery Ward Corridor opened back up. In 2011 Borders closed.

Current Anchors and Major Tenants[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.westfield.com/plazabonita/stores/all-stores
  2. ^ "National City". Google Maps.
  3. ^ "New May Co. Structure to Open in Bonita Plaza". Los Angeles Times. 1981-02-08. p. i6. The May Co. will open its newest store March 5 in then 53-acre Bonita Plaza in Bonita. The estimated construction cost is $10 million. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  4. ^ Green, Frank (2006-07-19). "New start for old mall". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 2012-09-19.

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Coordinates: 32°39′22″N 117°3′57″W / 32.65611°N 117.06583°W / 32.65611; -117.06583