Stanford Shopping Center
Walkway at Stanford Shopping Center
The outdoor center is 1.4 million square feet (130,000 m²) and includes four major department stores: Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. Stanford Shopping Center also includes such luxury retailers as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland.
Leland Stanford and Jane Stanford endowed Stanford University with “inalienable land”, meaning the university cannot sell any of its original 8,800 acres (3,600 ha). After a drop in student enrollment and tuition revenues during World War II and then the sudden boom in enrollment after the war, Alf Brandin, the vice president for business affairs at Stanford, decided to look at real estate development as a way to generate revenue for the university.
In 1954, excavators broke ground on what was once Leland Stanford’s vineyards. Nine buildings housing 45 businesses were built. The Roos Brothers clothing store opened as the first retailer in September 1955 and Blum’s restaurant opened on October 22, 1956, marking the completion of the center. Board of trustees Chair Lloyd Dinkelspiel and university President J. E. Wallace Sterling presided at the opening and Shirley Temple Black cut the first slice of a nine-tiered cake. San Francisco department store The Emporium and luxury specialty department store I. Magnin & Co. were the original anchors.
The center opened with great success and became one of the largest sources of unrestricted income for the university.
Macy’s California joined the center in 1961 and Saks Fifth Avenue opened a store in 1962. Further expansion came again in 1972 with the addition Los Angeles-based Bullock’s, owned by Bloomingdale’s parent company Federated Department Stores. Bullock’s only lasted 11 years, closing its northern California stores in 1983 and selling its Stanford location to Nordstrom, which opened in November 1984. Neiman Marcus became the sixth anchor in August 1985.
Saks Fifth Avenue closed its store in 1994 and was replaced by Crate & Barrel and Andronico’s food market. (The latter subsequently closed in 2011.) By 1995, Federated Department Stores had acquired the Macy’s, I. Magnin, and Emporium chains. As part of the company’s reorganization, the I. Magnin chain was closed, and the location at Stanford became a separate Macy’s men’s store in 1995. The Emporium store was shuttered and rebranded as Bloomingdale’s in November 1996. This became the first northern California location for that division of Federated.
Stanford Shopping Center was also the home to the original Victoria’s Secret store, opened by Roy Raymond in 1977, and the first mini Apple Retail Store., but it moved to a Larger space in 2013.
The bankruptcy of Montgomery Ward in 2001 left an empty anchor slot at Oakridge until 2003, when Target demolished the building and constructed a new two-level store on the site. At the same time, Macy’s added 75,000 square feet to its existing footprint, bringing its total square footage to more than 220,000 square feet.
Westfield began a $150 million multi-phase expansion in the Summer of 2002 and was completed in late 2003.
The bankruptcies and eventual closures of Borders and Linens n’ Things brought two new anchors to the center: a Nordstrom Rack in place of Linens n’ Things, and a large-format Forever 21 in place of Borders.
Westfield Valley Fair
Westfield Valley Fair, formerly named and known as Valley Fair, is an upscale indoor shopping mall in San Jose, California, United States, owned by the Westfield Group. It is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, at the corner of Winchester and Stevens Creek Boulevards, straddling the border of San Jose and Santa Clara. The eastern portion of the mall (including Nordstrom and Macy’s women) is located in San Jose, and the western portion (including Macy’s Mens & Home) is located in Santa Clara.
Westfield Valley Fair is one of the largest malls in Northern California, and is directly across the street from another large upscale retail development, Santana Row. It has the highest-sales volume in the state with $1,150 per square foot. The shopping center consists of 273 stores, a seventeen-outlet food court, nine restaurants, and is anchored by two Macy’s stores and Nordstrom.
Shops and restaurants
Santana Row offers a mix of brand name shops, local boutiques, twenty restaurants, nine spas and salons, CineArts movie theatre, and the boutique hotel Hotel Valencia. The shops range from luxury brands such as Gucci and Kate Spade to more casual brands like Diesel, H&M, Ann Taylor LOFT, and Urban Outfitters. Also on The Row include restaurants ranging from local concepts like Left Bank Brasserie and sister restaurant LB Steak, Pizza Antica, and Blowfish Sushi, to chains like The Counter, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Pinkberry and a Yard House that closes at 11:00pm. The district is anchored by Crate & Barrel, Best Buy, and The Container Store.
The Residences at Santana Row feature 834 homes (219 privately owned condos and 615 rental homes), with more than 1,000 residents. Bars and restaurants at Santana Row close several hours earlier due to proximity to residences.