Whittwood Town Center

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Whittwood Town Center
LocationWhittier, California, United States
Coordinates33°56′37″N 117°59′39″W / 33.9435°N 117.9941°W / 33.9435; -117.9941Coordinates: 33°56′37″N 117°59′39″W / 33.9435°N 117.9941°W / 33.9435; -117.9941
Address15466 Whittier Blvd.
Opening date1961
ManagementKimco Realty Corporation
OwnerKimco Realty Corporation
No. of anchor tenants9
Total retail floor area44,337 sq ft (4,119.0 m2)
No. of floors1

Whittwood Town Center is a 65-acre open-air shopping center in Whittier, Southeast Los Angeles County, California, located on the southwest corner of Whittier Boulevard and Santa Gertrudes Avenue.

The shopping center has a gross leasable area of 841,936 square feet and is close to I-5, I-10 and I-605. Anchor stores include Target, Kohl's, JC Penney, Sears, PetSmart and CVS Pharmacy.[1]

Owner, Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is one of North America's largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of September 30, 2017, the company owned interests in 507 U.S. shopping centers comprising 84 million square feet of leasable space primarily concentrated in the top major metropolitan markets.

Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years.


Whittwood was built in the 1961[2] as a competitor to The Quad at Whittier. It had three anchor tenants: JC Penney on the east, The Broadway on the west,[2] and Boston Store in the center. Sav-On was located next to JC Penney.

Whittwood was originally an open-air mall, which was initially a success. It was renovated and transformed into an enclosed mall in the 1970s.

A fourth anchor, Mervyn's was added in the 1980s near The Broadway. Also a food court was added across from Sav-On.

The exterior was remodeled in the late 1980s to lure businesses from The Quad, which had recently closed after being damaged by the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake. Krikorian Theatres opened a 10-screen Premium movie theatre complex on the back lot, which was later sold to Regal Cinemas, who closed the theatre site by the mid-1990s.

Boston Store closed down in the 1990s, and wasn't replaced by a new anchor.

In 1996, Federated Department Stores bought out The Broadway and decided not to convert the Whittwood store to a Macy's. It was closed and sold to Sears, which moved in by November of that year.

The mall closed in 2004, with the three separate anchors remaining open. Mervyn's went out of business at the end of 2008 and replaced by Kohl's in 2009. The only shop open left in the actual mall was Sav-On, now replaced by CVS Pharmacy.

Not long after, the everything except the anchors was demolished. CVS Pharmacy (the former Sav-on Drugs) moved to a new location within the mall property.

The mall was replaced by a new town center containing big box retailers, and new condos were built where the former theatre was.[3]

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Anchor Tenants:

Other Notable Tenants:


  1. ^ "Whittwood Town Center, Whittier, CA". whittwoodtowncenter.com. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  2. ^ a b "Broadway Store Opens in Whittwood Center". February 14, 1961. p. 10. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  3. ^ [http://deadmalls.com/malls/whittwood_mall.html "Whittwood Mall", Dead Malls.com, Retrieved August 15, 2012.