Plaza West Covina

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Plaza West Covina
LocationWest Covina, California, USA
Coordinates34°04′15″N 117°55′57″W / 34.0709°N 117.9325°W / 34.0709; -117.9325Coordinates: 34°04′15″N 117°55′57″W / 34.0709°N 117.9325°W / 34.0709; -117.9325
Address112 Plaza Drive, West Covina, CA 91790
Opening date1962 as West Covina Plaza
1975 as West Covina Fashion Plaza
DeveloperSylvan Shulman (1962)
May Centers, Inc. (1975)
ManagementStarwood Capital Group
OwnerStarwood Retail Partners
No. of stores and services185
No. of anchor tenants7
Total retail floor area1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2)
No. of floors2
Websitewww.shoppingplazawestcovina.com

Plaza West Covina, formerly Westfield West Covina, and before that Plaza at West Covina, West Covina Fashion Plaza, and West Covina Plaza, is a large regional shopping mall in West Covina, California, owned by the Starwood Capital Group. Its anchor stores are Macy's, JCPenney, Sears, XXI Forever, Nordstrom Rack, Best Buy, and Gold's Gym. Westfield America, Inc., a precursor to Westfield Group acquired the shopping center in 1998, and renamed it "Westfield Shoppingtown West Covina", dropping the "Shoppingtown" name in June 2005.[1] In October 2013 Westfield Group sold the mall to Starwood Capital Group[2][3]

History[edit]

West Covina Plaza, Sylvan S.Shulman developed an open-air strip shopping complex, in 1962, anchored by The Broadway and Desmond's, a specialty retailer. The complex was demolished in 1974, leaving The Broadway and Desmond's intact. These were worked into an enclosed complex known as West Covina Fashion Plaza, which opened in 1975 by Sylvan S. Shulman. The new center paralleled the San Bernardino Freeway and added new anchors JCPenney and Bullock's. Desmonds was not connected to the mall. The store folded in the late 1970s and became a 2-story Tower Records location.

In 1991, the then named Sylvan S. Shulman Co. changed the official name of the shopping venue to Plaza At West Covina. 1992-1993, a new wing anchored by Robinsons-May was constructed east of the Bullock's store. The first major anchor changes didn't come until 1996, when Federated Department Stores sold The Broadway store to Bloomingdale's, but due to lease issues, it became a Sears instead, and converted the Bullock's location to Macy's. Sears opened their new location in 1997, moving from a nearby stand-alone location in Covina.

On September 9, 2006, Federated renamed the old Robinsons-May store as Macy's and temporarily operated two stores at the mall. In 2007 the Macy's in the former Robinsons-May location was expanded and remodeled and in early 2008, Macy's West Covina store was consolidated into that building. The former Macy's (Bullock's) location had already been sold to The Westfield Group and closed in March 2008. Demolition of the 144,527-square-foot (13,427.0 m2) building begin early October 2008, and plans are underway to convert the space into additional mall space as well as a Best Buy and five restaurants.[4]

Tower Records closed in late 2006. The mall's parking lot was also home to the newest Bob's Big Boy's Restaurant, which was located in the old Chevy's space (since closing) and a new concert venue Crazy Horse Live.

In 2015, Sears Holdings spun off 235 properties, including the Sears at Plaza West Covina, into Sertiage Growth Properties.[5]

Plaza West Covina Today[edit]

Plaza West Covina is a large major regional mall that has 185 shops, stores, and restaurants. The Mall is 2 levels and is anchored by Macy's (180,000 sq ft (17,000 m2)) to the east, JCPenney (193,963 sq ft (18,019.8 m2)) to the south, Sears (137,820 sq ft (12,804 m2)) to the west, Best Buy (45,000 sq ft (4,200 m2)) to the north, the newly opened XXI Forever flagship store (to the north) and Nordstrom Rack. There is a food court on the second level as well as other restaurants, and other food & drink kiosk. The Mall is known for the many fashion shops and high-end fashion boutiques such as; H&M, Sephora, M.A.C., Hollister, Express, American Eagle Outfitters, Cathy Jean, Michelle D, XXI Forever, The Children's Place, Foreign Exchange, Nordstrom Rack, Salvatory, and more.

Plaza West Covina Expansion[edit]

Plaza West Covina Expansion is undergoing a major renovation and expansion. It Includes both cosmetic & structural renovation and expansion to the inside and outside of the mall. While under the ownership of Westfield, the group renovated mall. The first Phase of the mall development was the expansion of the former Robinson's-May space into an 180,000-square-foot (17,000 m2) Macy's. Phase II consisted of transforming the vacant former Macy's building into a mini-anchor space for Best Buy and the addition of retail space totaling approximately 130,000 square feet (12,000 m2) of development along the northern façade of the mall. Phase II includes the addition of the Best Buy, which relocated from an older location across from the mall, and remodel and flagship introduction of Forever 21. Phase III extended the life style development of Phase II into the remaining northern façade of the mall between Red Robin and Sears, which included the addition of approximately 32,000 square feet (3,000 m2) and the reconfiguration of exiting mall space. This phase featured a second mini-anchor space of 45,000 square feet (4,200 m2) for a Nordstrom Rack as well as a Gold's Gym.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Albright, Mark (June 1, 2005). "If you didn't call them 'shoppingtowns,' don't: Three local malls that called themselves by the Australian name will quietly drop the label". Tampa Bay Times.
  2. ^ "Westfield Group Announces Multiple Center Transaction With Starwood Capital Group" (Press release). Starwood Retail Partners. Archived from the original on 15 November 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Starwood Capital Group Completes $1.6B Acquisition of Seven Dominant Regional Malls From Westfield Group" (Press release). PR Newswire. November 18, 2013.
  4. ^ "Macy's site demolished at Westfield West Covina". San Gabriel Valley Tribune. MediaNews Group. 2008-10-01. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
  5. ^ "At Plaza West Covina - Seritage". Seritage.com. Retrieved 8 January 2019.

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