Westfield UTC

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Westfield UTC
Westfield UTC - RCLC02.jpg
Panorama of the center square of the mall
LocationUniversity City, San Diego, California
Address4545 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92122
Opening date1977
DeveloperThe Hahn Company
No. of stores and services199 (as of 2019)
No. of anchor tenants9 (8 open, 1 vacant)[1]
Total retail floor area1,066,842 ft²[1]
WebsiteOfficial Website

Westfield UTC, formerly known as University Towne Centre, is a one-million square-foot, three-level outdoor shopping center in the University City community of San Diego, California built in 1977. It lies just east of La Jolla, near the University of California, San Diego campus in the University City neighborhood. It is owned by the Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield. Its anchor stores include Macy’s and Nordstrom. It features a 14-screen Arclight Cinema.


In 2008 a one-billion dollar revitalization plan for the shopping center was approved by the San Diego City Council. However, due to the recession, the revitalization project was put on hold for several years and later reduced to $500 million.[2]

In 2011, the first, $180 million phase of the revitalization commenced: the mall's food court was transformed into an indoor/outdoor Dining Terrace while the former Robinsons-May building was subdivided to house three new retailers: a large-scale Forever 21 clothing store, a relocated 24 Hour Fitness sports club, and a 14-screen ArcLight Cinema and adding Tiffany & Co., J.Crew, and Tesla Motors.[3]

After this, a 400,000-square-foot expansion along Genessee Avenue began in phases.

In 2015, Sears Holdings spun off 235 of its properties, including the Sears at Westfield UTC, into Seritage Growth Properties.[4]

In 2016, construction began on the San Diego Trolley's Blue Line extension to UTC Transit Center by 2021.[5] That same year, a new phase of construction began including a new parking structure on the west side (of which the trolley station will be located at the south end), 251,000 square feet of new retail space, and a new 144,000 square foot Nordstrom anchor that opened in October 2017. The old Nordstrom and Sears stores are currently empty.[6][7]

Sears closed in July 2017.[8] Portions of the space have become Corner Bakery Cafe, Williams-Sonoma/Pottery Barn Kids, and Equinox Fitness, with Crate & Barrel having an outparcel on the Seritage site.

A 23-story, 300-unit luxury apartment building under construction at the southeast corner of the site, projected to open in 2019.[6]


  1. ^ a b Westfield Group - UTC Portfolio
  2. ^ http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/growth-development/sdut-utc-expansion-nordstrom-parking-2015jul14-story.html
  3. ^ Tanya Mannes for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Sept. 7, 2011 Westfield UTC kicks off $1b renovation project
  4. ^ http://www.seritage.com/retail/property/4575-la-jolla-village-dr/3312502/landing
  5. ^ San Diego Association of Governments. Mid-Coast Trolley
  6. ^ a b http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/growth-development/sd-fi-nordstromutc-20171010-story.html
  7. ^ Westfield
  8. ^ Peterson, Hayley (2017-06-22). "Struggling retailer is closing 20 additional stores -- Here's the full list of shuttered locations". AOL.com. Retrieved 2017-12-29.

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Coordinates: 32°52′11″N 117°12′43″W / 32.8698°N 117.212°W / 32.8698; -117.212