Westfield Topanga & The Village

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Westfield Topanga & The Village
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LocationCanoga Park, California
Coordinates34°11′25″N 118°36′13″W / 34.19028°N 118.60361°W / 34.19028; -118.60361Coordinates: 34°11′25″N 118°36′13″W / 34.19028°N 118.60361°W / 34.19028; -118.60361
Address6600 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Opening dateFebruary 10, 1964; 57 years ago (February 10, 1964)
DeveloperMay Centers, Inc.
ManagementUnibail-Rodamco-Westfield
OwnerUnibail-Rodamco-Westfield (55%)
No. of stores and services361
No. of anchor tenants4
Total retail floor area2,118,123 sq ft (196,780 m2)[1]
No. of floors2 (3 in Macy's and Nordstrom, 4-5 in the parking garages)
Parking6,041 spaces[1]
WebsiteOfficial Website

Westfield Topanga & The Village is a shopping mall in the Canoga Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It spans 2.1 million square feet (200,000 m2) and houses anchor stores Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Target.[2]

History[edit]

Opened February 10, 1964, Topanga Plaza was California's first enclosed shopping mall.[3] The original anchors were May Company, Montgomery Ward, and The Broadway. A noteworthy feature was the "Rain Fountain" on the south end. It consisted of several circular arrays of vertical monofilament line stretching from the ceiling to a raised landscaped area on the floor. The effect of rain was created by droplets of recirculated glycerine slowly descending along the wetted lines.[4]

One of the other highlights was the indoor ice skating rink, located in the basement on the southern section of the mall. As a result of injuries on the rink, the ice skating rink was closed in the late 1970s.

In April 1984, Nordstrom opened as the mall's fourth anchor.

In 1992, the original developer May Centers, Inc., was renamed CenterMark Properties and was sold by parent company May Department Stores in 1993 to a consortium led by Westfield Holdings, Ltd., a predecessor of Westfield Group.[citation needed]

In 1993, the May Company store rebranded as Robinsons-May. Three years later, The Broadway closed. As a result of the closure, Sears moved in which relocated from its nearby Fallbrook Center mall.

In 2001, Montgomery Ward closed as a result of the chain's liquidation.

In 2005, Nordstrom relocated on the Sears side of the mall. Alongside, the Wards store got demolished, replacing it with a two-story Target store, which opened a year later.[5]

The NBC comedy Parks and Recreation filmed scenes at Westfield Topanga during an episode of the fourth season entitled "Pawnee Rangers."[6]

In 2006, Robinsons-May rebranded as Macy's, as well as the opening of Target.

In 2008, Neiman Marcus opened as its fifth anchor, which replaced the original Nordstrom store.

In late 2011, various shopping and food centers began to leave, such as The Disney Store, Reflection, First Cut, the Dodgers' Clubhouse, Kevin's Jewelers, So Relax, and Arden B. The Dodgers' Clubhouse was replaced with The Cheesecake Factory in 2012.

On January 28, 2015, it was announced that Sears would be closing on May 3, 2015.[7] The building, where the Sears use to be, was demolished in 2020 for a new international marketplace, now under construction.

In September 2015, Westfield launched a major expansion of Westfield Topanga, called The Village at Westfield Topanga. The new open-air shopping destination is located along Topanga Canyon Boulevard, which is between Westfield Topanga and the largely-inactive Westfield Promenade.[8][9]

On March 3, 2020, it was announced that Red Robin would close its Westfield Topanga location on March 15.[10]

This is announced that Westfield will turn old Sears into entertainment district. This includes new food hall, activities, and experiences. This is set to open in 2021 on the decade. It also plan to invest in $1.5 billion makeover for property and transform into downtown community, which is live work of community.[11]

In pop culture[edit]

1967 film, Divorce American Style, starring Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Simmons, Jason Robards, and Van Johnson. Scene used was Barbara Harmon (Reynolds) and Fern Blandsforth (Emmaline Henry) shopping. The pair stand and have a conversation next to a pillar (left side of screen) that says Topanga Plaza.

2002 One Hour Photo, starring Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Eriq La Salle and Gary Cole.

2014 Marvel film Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The scene used in the film was shot in the Apple Store.

2009 Parks and Recreation, starring Amy Poehler and Chris Pratt.

2015 The Last Man On Earth, starring Will Forte and Kristen Schaal.

Crimes[edit]

Police arrested a man who tried to stab someone and then ran through the Westfield Topanga & The Village mall in September 2019.

Parking[edit]

The Owensmouth Garage in the east entrance to the mall connects to Blaze Pizza, Nordstrom and Gyu-Kaku and in 2015, the 5th level became staff parking. Next to it is an additional parking lot that connects Target and Macy's. Facing Topanga Canyon Blvd., an additional enclosed parking lot is available which connects Red Robin, and Total Woman Gym and Spa. There is also a large outdoor parking lot available which connects to Level 2's Forever XXI and The Cheesecake Factory. The Village, across the street from Victory Blvd., has paid 90 minute parking facing Topanga Cyn. Blvd., and an enclosed 5 story parking structure with dedicated Costco (Mezzanine) parking along with 4 additional lots. Valet services are offered throughout both the Westfield Topanga and Village properties along with car detailing services.

List of anchor stores[edit]

Name Year
opened
Year
closed
Notes
The Broadway 1964 1996
Macy's 2006 N/A Replaced Robinsons-May
May Company 1964 1993
Montgomery Ward 1964 2001
Neiman Marcus 2008 N/A Replaced original Nordstrom
Nordstrom 1984 2005
2005 N/A
Robinsons-May 1993 2006 Replaced May Company
Sears 1996 2015 Replaced The Broadway
Target 2006 N/A New construction that replaced Montgomery Ward site

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Property Portfolio Westfield Topanga". Westfield. Westfield Group. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  2. ^ Khouri, Andrew (May 29, 2014). "Upscale open-air mall planned at Warner Center". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ "Topanga Plaza". Mall Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  4. ^ "Rain Fountain at Topanga Plaza". Flickr. November 28, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Westfield Topanga mall to get face-lift, new Target store". The Acorn. February 16, 2005. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  6. ^ "Road Trip to Pawnee: Parks and Recreation Filming Locations". Roadtrippers. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "Sears closing Westfield Topanga branch in May". Daily News. January 28, 2015.
  8. ^ Gregory J Wilcox (September 18, 2015). "Village at Westfield Topanga opens; 80,000 visitors expected this weekend". Los Angeles Daily News.
  9. ^ Sandy Banks (September 19, 2015). "A pall on malls but a shopping village has cachet". Los Angeles Times.
  10. ^ Spivak, Caleb J. "Red Robin Shuttering Westfield Topanga Restaurant March 15 | What Now Los Angeles". whatnowlosangeles.com. Retrieved October 14, 2020.
  11. ^ "Westfield Topanga to turn old Sears into an entertainment district".

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