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Stanford Shopping Center

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Walkway at Stanford Shopping Center
Stanford Shopping Center is an upscale open air shopping mall located on Route 82 (El Camino Real) at Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto, California. It is on the campus of Stanford University although the university only owns the land and not the actual buildings or stores. Also, unlike the rest of the campus, the shopping center and the neighboring Stanford University Medical Center are part of the city of Palo Alto, not the census-designated place (CDP) of Stanford, California. The shopping center buildings are owned by Simon Property Group, which manages the property and leases the land from the university.

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.

History

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.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_Shopping_Center


Westfield Oakridge

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Westfield Oakridge
Westfield Oakridge, formerly known as Westfield Shoppingtown Oakridge and Oakridge Mall, is a shopping mall that was sold to Westfield America, Inc. in 1998, and was rebranded as “Westfield Shoppingtown Oakridge” soon after.

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.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westfield_Oakridge
Photo: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/westfield-oakridge-san-jose-2?select=Scmy69F3S3dRdShd17eHvg


Westfield Valley Fair

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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.[2] The shopping center consists of 273 stores, a seventeen-outlet food court, nine restaurants, and is anchored by two Macy’s stores and Nordstrom.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westfield_Valley_Fair
Photo: http://www.sanjosemade.com/pop-up-westfield-valley-fair/


Santana Row

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Santana Row
Santana Row is an outdoor shopping mall in San Jose, California. Westfield Valley Fair is located across Stevens Creek Boulevard from it, and the Winchester Mystery House is just to its west, across Winchester Boulevard.

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.

Neighborhood

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.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santana_Row
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The Pruneyard

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The Pruneyard Shopping Center is a sprawling 250,000 square foot lifestyle shopping center located within a mixed use development in the City of Campbell, California. The Shopping Center features a movie theater, Trader Joe’s, over 15 eating establishments and 35 retail, service and entertainment businesses. The Pruneyard is located at the intersection of Campbell and Bascom Avenues, just east of State Route 17. In addition to the shopping center The Pruneyard features three office towers totaling over 366,021 square feet and the recently renovated, Tuscan inspired, boutique style, Doubletree by Hilton.
Source: http://thepruneyard.com/
Photo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PruneYard_Shopping_Center#/media/File:PruneYard_Inn.jpg