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10504, Armonk, Towne Center, Armonk, NY, Stores, Town Center Pharmacy, restaurants, boutiques | Westchester Armonk Towne Center

  Armonk Towne Center is located at 575 Main Street, Armonk, NY 10504 in Westchester County. Stores includes Town Center Pharmacy, supermarket, restaurants, boutiques, and more.

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10530, Shopping Plaza, neighborhood, shopping center, Hartsdale, NY, fabric & sewing store, deli, Italian Restaurant, Dunkin Donuts, Fitness Center, Shopping, Dunkin Donuts, Fabric & Sewing Store, Fitness Center, | Westchester Mid Central Shopping Plaza

  Mid Central Shopping Plaza, a neighborhood shopping center, is located at 267 South Central Park Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530 in Westchester County. Anchors include a fabric & sewing store, deli, Italian Restaurant, with Dunkin Donuts and Fitness Center coming soon. Mid Central Shopping Plaza | Westchester  more . . .

10530, Shopping, Hartsdale, NY, Best Buy, Marshall's, Trader Joe's, CVS, Dalewood Centers,  Michaels, Pathmark, Morton Williams, Christmas Tree, TJ Max, CVS Pharmacy - Hartsdale, Marshalls - Hartsdale | Westchester Westchester Square "Shopping Center"

  Westchester Square Shopping is located at 241 North Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530 in Westchester County. Westchester Square is anchored by Best Buy, Marshall's, Trader Joe's and CVS and is located south of the Dalewood Centers anchored by Michaels, Pathmark, Morton Williams , Christmas Tree, TJ Max. Westchester Square  "Shopping Center" | Westchester  more . . .
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10532, Furniture, Rug, Outlet, Hawthorne, NY | Westchester Bloomingdales Furniture and Rug Outlet

  Bloomingdales Furniture and Rug Outlet is located at 2 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne, NY 10532 in Westchester County. Bloomingdales Furniture and Rug Outlet | Westchester  website and more . . .
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10536, Shopping Center, Katonah, NY, shopping center, oldest centers in Westchester County, Wachovia Bank, U.S. Post Office, restaurants, Katonah Pharmacy | Westchester Katonah Shopping Center

  The Katonah Shopping Center is located at the intersection of Katonah Ave and Route 117 in Katonah, NY 10536. This shopping center is one of the oldest centers in Westchester County and has been in operation since 1959. Current tenants include Wachovia Bank, the U.S. Post Office, and several restaurants. Katonah Shopping Center | Westchester  website and more . . .
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10547, Town Center, shopping center, Northern Westchester County, Mohegan Lake, NY, restaurants, pharmacy, supermarket, Movie Theater in Mohegan Lake, movies for children, families, adults | Westchester Cortlandt Town Center

  Cortlandt Town Center, a shopping center serving northern Westchester County, is located at 3121 East main Street, Route 6, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547. Cortlandt Town Center | Westchester  more . . .
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10566, Shopping Center, Peekskill, NY, Super Stop & Shop, CVS, fitness center, restaurants, fast food, clothing stores, up-to-date list of stores | Westchester Beach Shopping Center

  Beach Shopping Center is located at Route 6 and Dayton Lane, Peekskill, NY 10566 in Westchester County. This shopping center offers a Super Stop & Shop, CVS, fitness center, restaurants, fast food, clothing stores and more. Press blue button for an up-to-date list of stores. Beach Shopping Center | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All Port Chester Listings10573, history, restaurants, multiplex movie theater, about, attractions, things to do, places to see, children, parks in port chester, activities for children, kids can play, antique stores, movies

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10573, Flea Market, Port Chester, NY, Southern Westchester County, new merchandise, bargain prices, events for children | Westchester Empire State Flea Market

  Empire State Flea Market is located at 505 Boston Post Road, Port Chester, NY 10573 in southern Westchester County; offering a wide variety of new merchandise at bargain prices, with over 150 vendors and 20 full service fine jewelers. Press blue button for vendors, events for children, and more. Empire State Flea Market | Westchester  website and more . . .
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10573, Shopping Center, Rye Brook, NY, Stores, Restaurants, Cards, Walden Books, Children, Women, Men's Fashions, Drug Stores, Fun for Kids, Health & Beauty, Home Furnishings, Optical Eyeware, Shoes, Sporting Goods, Toys, Supermarket | Westchester Rye Ridge Shopping Center

  The Rye Ridge Shopping Center is located in Rye Brook NY, 10573 in Westchester County. Stores, restarants, and activities include: Rye Ridge Shopping Center | Westchester  website and more . . .
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10583, shopping center, several stores, Scarsdale, NY, store information | Westchester Central Avenue Stores

  Small shopping center with several stores located at 428 Central Ave, Scarsdale, NY 10583 in Westchester County. Press Blue Button for store information. Central Avenue Stores | Westchester  website and more . . .

10583, Shopping Center, Scarsdale, NY, Golden Horseshoe Shopping, Center, historic Heathcote, one-stop shopping, Shop for the family, restaurants, boutiques, clothes and apparel, shoes, supermarket, cleaners, restaurants | Westchester Golden Horseshoe Shopping Center

  Golden Horseshoe Shopping Center is located at 1062-1144 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583 in Westchester County. Golden Horseshoe Shopping Center | Westchester  website and more . . .

10583, Shopping Center, Scarsdale, NY, department store, men's clothes, women's clothes, clothing for children, specialty, brand stores, Shopping, American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers, Talbots | Westchester Vernon Hills Shopping Center

  Vernon Hills Shopping Center is located at 700 Post Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583 in Westchester County. Vernon Hills is home to Lord & Taylor department store, men's clothes, women's clothes, clothing for children, specialty & brand stores, and more. Vernon Hills Shopping Center | Westchester  more . . .
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10594, Shopping Center, Thornwood, NY, bank, wine & liquor, real estate, CVS Pharmacy, jewelry, Rose Hill Card & Gift shop, beauty salon, supermarket, bakery cafe, restaurants, and Carvel Ice Cream | Westchester Rose Hill Shopping Center

  The Rose Hill Shopping Center is located at 660 Columbus Ave, Thornwood, NY 10594 in Westchester County. Rose Hill Shopping Center comprises approximately 104,000 sq. ft. of retail space. Rose Hill Shopping Center | Westchester  website and more . . .

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10605, White Plains NY, Westchester County, great shopping, shopping, stores, Bloomingdale's designer shops, women's clothes, shoes, handbags, jewelry & accessories, beauty, men, kids | Westchester Bloomingdale's Department Store

  Bloomingdale's is located at 175 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY 10605 in Westchester County. For great shopping go to Bloomingdale's - Bloomingdale's is committed to once again lead the way with exclusive merchandise, customized services, and alternative shopping venues. Carrying on the Bloomingdale's brothers' dream, we're always finding ways to set our stores apart. That's both the legacy and the promise of Bloomingdale's. Bloomingdale's Department Store | Westchester  website and more . . .

10601, shopping mall, White Plains, NY, Anchor stores, department stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, books, toys, opticians, about shopping, dining, directory of stores, shopping mall in White Plains, Department Stores in White Plains | Westchester Galleria at White Plains "Shopping Center"

  The Galleria, a shopping mall, is located at 100 Main Street in White Plains, NY 10601 in Westchester County. "The Galleria at White Plains features 130 retailers and three anchors, with a wide variety of casual dining choices." Anchor stores at the Galleria include Macy's and Sears department stores, brand clothing stores for women, men, and children; shoe stores for every budget, books, toys, and more. Galleria at White Plains  "Shopping Center" | Westchester  website and more . . .

10601, shopping experience, White Plains, NY, shopping, upscale stores, Places to Shop, Places to Stay, The Westchester shopping mall, restaurants in the City of White Plains | Westchester Westchester Mall, The "Shopping Center"

  The Westchester, for the "ultimate shopping experience", is located at 125 Westchester Ave, White Plains, NY 10601 in Westchester County. "If you love shopping, come to The Westchester for the ultimate shopping experience. With total skylighting above, marble and carpeted floors below, commissioned sculptures and unequaled customer service, The Westchester is home to New York State's first Nordstrom, Neiman-Marcus and more than 150 fine upscale stores."

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10601, shopping center, White Plains, NY, Shopping Includes, Daffys, Sports Authority, Toys R Us/Babies R Us | Westchester Westchester Pavilion "Shopping Center"

  The Westchester Pavilion is a vertical enclosed shopping center, located at 60 South Broadway & Maple Ave, White Plains, NY 10601 in Westchester County. The Pavilion faces the prominent streetfront corner of South Broadway and has multi-level parking decks to serve its customers. Westchester Pavilion  "Shopping Center" | Westchester  more . . .

City Center, White Plains, Places To Shop, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Circuit City, Nordstrom Rack City Center, Target, Things to Do, Target, Barnes and Noble, places to eat, White Plains movies, theatre | Westchester White Plains City Center

  City Center at White Plains, a 1.1 million-square-foot retail, entertainment and residential complex, is located at 237 Martine Ave, White Plains, NY 10601 in Westchester County. City Center, located in the heart of downtown White Plains includes: White Plains City Center | Westchester  website and more . . .
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10704, Cross County, Shopping Center, Yonkers, NY, Southern Westchester County, Westchester's largest mall, boutique, specialty shops, shopping, movie,  Multiplex Cinemas in Yonkers, children apparel, women's | Westchester Cross County Shopping Center

  Cross County Shopping Center is located at 8000 Mall Walk in Yonkers, NY 10704 in southern Westchester County. With over 1 million square feet of retail space, Cross County is Westchester's largest mall. Cross County Shopping Center | Westchester  website and more . . .

Mall, Yonkers NY, Southern Westchester County. The  Mall at Cross County, Sports Authority, TJ Max, Kids R' Us, Circuit City, Home Goods | Westchester Mall at Cross County

  Mall at Cross County is located at 750 Central Park Ave in Yonkers NY, southern Westchester County. The Mall at Cross County is enclosed with approximately 22 stores, including: Chase Bank & ATM, GNC, Home Goods, a gym, Sports Authority Sporting Goods, T.J. Maxx, Kids R' Us, Circuit City, Home Goods and more. Mall at Cross County | Westchester  more . . .

10710, outdoor shopping center, Yonkers, NY, Southern Westchester County, Shopping, Boutique, Specialty shops, Women's, Men's, and Children's Clothing, Department Stores in Yonkers, Movie Theater, Restaurants, Shoe Stores, Supermarket, Whole Foods | Westchester Westchester's Ridge Hill "Shopping Center"

  Westchester's Ridge Hill, an outdoor shopping center, is located at One Ridge Hill Boulevard, Yonkers, NY 10710 in southern Westchester County. Westchester's Ridge Hill  "Shopping Center" | Westchester  website and more . . .
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10598, Jefferson Valley Mall, Yorktown Heights, NY, regional shopping center, Macy's, Sears, specialty shops, Mall directory, department stores, entertainment, home decor, jewelry, men's & women's fashions, sporting goods, toys, and restaurants | Westchester Jefferson Valley Mall "Shopping Center"

  The Jefferson Valley Mall is located at 650 Lee Boulevard, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 in Westchester County. Jefferson Valley Mall is a two-level regional shopping center anchored by Macy's and Sears, with more than 90 specialty shops including H&M, Ann Taylor Loft, American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Charlotte Russe, Footlocker, Forever 21, Gap Kids/babyGap, Gymboree, and more. Jefferson Valley Mall  "Shopping Center" | Westchester  website and more . . .

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For a list of the best shopping centers and malls in Westchester County, go to Shopping in Westchester, New York. Westchester Malls and Shopping centers include Cross County Shopping Center, Cortlandt Town Center, Westchester Square Mall, Palmer Square Shopping, Arcadian Shopping Center, and White Plains City Center. The malls and shopping centers in White Plains and Yonkers are among the best in the country. Visit The Westchester Mall and the Mall at Cross County for fabulous shopping.

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The shopping centers and malls in Westchester, NY are home to a wide range of shopping opportunities. Find the best department stores, upscale clothing shops, discount clothing stores, specialty retail stores, brand stores, and one-of-a-kind mom and pop shops. Find stores featuring back to school sales, discounts, and bargains. Buy clothes, school uniforms, shoes, backpacks, and find great buys for girls, boys and kids of all ages at stores located throughout Westchester. Shop at one of Westchester's many shopping centers and shopping malls located in Southern, Middle, and Northern Westchester County. Go

Visit Westchester Malls & Shopping. Find a fabulous selection of brand name stores, women & men's fashion stores, boutiques, department stores and your favorite specialty store.

For the best in upscale shopping, visit The Westchester and have a fabulous shopping experience. With total sky-lighting above, marble and carpeted floors below, sculptures and unequaled customer service, The Westchester is home to New York State's first Nordstrom, Neiman-Marcus, and more than 150 fine upscale stores offering Accessories, Cards, Books, & Stationery, Children's Fashions, Home Furnishings, Jewelry, Luggage, Men's & Women's Fashions.

    Go to The Westchester Mall featuring top brand stores such as Brooks Brothers, Burberry, Gucci, J. Crew, and Timberland. White Plains malls and department stores include the Galleria Mall, Bloomingdales, and White Plains City Center, offering 1.1 million-square-foot retail, entertainment and residential complex.

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Shop in Yonkers where you will find the largest shopping center in Westchester County. The Cross County Shopping Center with over 1 million square feet of retail space is Westchester's largest mall. Cross County also offers Multiplex Cinemas featuring stadium seating and digital sound. Anchor stores at Cross County include Sears, Macy's, and a Super Stop & Shop.

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Plan a weekend in Westchester and enjoy a day shopping followed by waterfront dining in the River Towns of Westchester County. The River Towns of Westchester are located on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, from Yonkers in Southern Westchester County and Peekskill in Northwest Westchester. The River Towns offer upscale shopping, charming boutiques, specialty stores, and one-of-a-kind shops. Also, find galleries and art & craft shops in the river towns of Westchester County.

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Brief History of Shopping Malls, Shopping Centers, and Factory Outlets
Northgate in Seattle, Washington was the first regional shopping center to officially be called a mall. Northgate opened on April 21, 1950 and was the first regional shopping center in the United States to be described as a mall, due to its double row of stores facing each other across a covered pedestrian walkway. Northgate was also the first mall to have public restrooms.

The evolution of shopping malls, factory outlets, shopping centers, shopping plazas . . . have evolved and grown for more than half a century. Today, many of these malls are far larger than many towns and cities in the world.

Today, in 2009, Asia is home to seven of the world's 10 largest malls . . . South China Mall, Dongguan, China opened in 2005. South China Mall's the gross leasable area is 7.1 million square feet. The space includes wind mills and theme parks, plus a replica of the Arc de Triomphe.

SM Mall of Asia opened in 2009 and is located in Pasay City, Philippines. The gross leasable area is: 4.2 million square feet. This mall includes the first Olympic-sized swimming pool and first IMAX theater in the Philippines. The mall is spread over four buildings and visitors can move throughout the mall on a 20-seat tram.

Mall of America opened in 1992 and is located in Bloomington, MN. The mall is 2.5 million sq. feet and has earned a national reputation for entertaining guests. From musical acts to celebrity book signing to fashion show, Mall of America is the Hollywood of the Midwest. Mall of America has been described as a city within a city. Along with an extensive range of retail, restaurants, and entertainment, there are many unique features in this mall that may be found in any American community. This mall offers education classes, fitness training and more.

Let's go back to a brief history of the Northgate Shopping Mall. "On April 21, 1950, the Northgate Shopping Mall opens at NE Northgate Way at 5th Avenue NE in Seattle. Planned by developers Rex Allison and Ben B. Ehrlichman (1895-1971) and designed by John Graham Jr. (1908-1991), it is the country's first regional shopping center defined as a "mall" (although there were at least three predecessor shopping centers). The stores face "a wide shopping walkway, probably to be known as the Mall or Plaza, in which no vehicles will be permitted" (The Seattle Times) . . .

"Northgate was the brainchild of Rex Allison, president of Bon Marché. Before World War II, he envisioned a suburban shopping center. The economic boom following Allied victory in 1945 allowed Allied Stores, the firm that owned Bon Marché, to involve developers Ben B. Ehrlichman and W. Walter Williams (1894-1983), who formed the Suburban Co. (later The Northgate Co.). They retained architect John H. Graham Jr. to design the project and announced their plans in February 1948. In 1949, Allied bought out Ehrlichman and Williams and appointed James B. Douglas (1909-2005) to run the project as president."

The above information about Northgate was sourced from David Wilma, August 02, 2001

Evolution of the Shopping Center
"The antecedents of the modern shopping center were the ancient agoras and medieval piazzas of European cities. The industrial revolution of the nineteenth century produced the department store but made cities crowded and dirty, and the desire to improve life by moving away from the city gave birth to the suburb and shopping mall . . .

1916 Chicago architect Arthur Aldis persuaded wealthy residents of Lake Forest, Illinois, and investors such as Cyrus H. McCormick, Jr., to form the Lake Forest Improvement Trust to build Market Square, an integrated shopping complex of 28 stores, 12 office units, 30 apartments, gymnasium, clubhouse and landscaping. According to Richard Longstreth, "The automobile was a central factor in this planning, since most Lake Foresters had cars at an early date. Market Square was perhaps the first business district to be laid out specifically to accommodate motor vehicles." (p. 152) The National Register of Historic Places has listed Market Square as the first planned shopping district in the United States.

1922 J. C. Nichols created Country Club Plaza on the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri, as an automobile-centered plaza built according to a unified plan rather than as a random group of stores, owned and operated by a single entity who leased space to tenants. Nichols would make the term shopping center popular . . .

. . . 1928 Don M. Casto opened Grandview Avenue Shopping Center in Columbus, Ohio, with 4 supermarkets (Piggly-Wiggly, A&P, Kroger, Polumbos) and 20 other stores and parking for 400 cars. Grandview became a model for the auto-accessible strip mall. In New Jersey, Radburn was built as a planned city with parks and walkways and decentralized shopping areas.

1929 Westwood Village opened as a shopping center for the "second Hollywood" of Westwood built on the site of the 3300-acre Rancho San Jose de Buenos Aires between Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, purchased in 1919 by department store owner Arthur Letts (Broadway, Bullocks), and developed by his son-in-law Harold Janss as a housing tract after 1922, including the sale of 384 acres to UCLA in 1926 for a university campus that opened 1929, and a shopping center of 34 stores in 1929 that grew to 452 stores by 1939.

1930 Strawbridge & Clothier department store in Philadelphia built a branch store at Suburban Square in Ardmore on the Main Line. In many cities, department stores became the leading force in building suburban shopping centers.

1931 The Highland Park Shopping Village designed by Hugh Prather in Dallas was a Mediterranean-style shopping center with storefronts facing an inner parking lot.

1935 Greenbelt, Maryland, was built by the New Deal as a planned community including stores, but not organized as a shopping center.

1938 - Silver Spring Shopping Center in Silver Spring, MD, was an early neighborhood center of 19 stores anchored by a grocery store and the Silver Theatre, with an off-street parking lot, designed by John Eberson.

1939 The Wisstein Brothers and Surval project opened on South Broadway in Los Angeles, a neighborhood center that appealed to chain stores such as the drugstore (Owl, Sontag, Thrifty) and the supermarket (Von's, Ralphs) and the variety store (Kress, Woolworth, Newberry) seeking to build away from urban congestion on well-travelled streets accessible by automobile, each center providing a small parking lot for 100-300 cars.

1943 Linda Vista Shopping Center in San Diego was built by the Department of Treasury for the government housing project that served Reuben Fleet's Consolidated Aircraft workers in World War II, and it was one of the first shopping centers designed as a unique space, separate from the streets and the houses, using a hollow square design for 82,000 sq. ft. on a block of land with landscaped green and pedestrian walks, but limited parking space for only 216 cars. Similar shopping centers would be developed in World War II for defense housing projects, such as Westchester in Los Angeles and Willow Run in Detroit.

. . .1949 Don M. Casto opened the Town & Country in the suburb of Whitehall east of Columbus. "Nighttime shopping was inaugurated at Town & Country Shopping Center in Columbus, Ohio, when developer Don Casto hired Grandma Carver (a woman who dived from a 90-foot perch into a 4-foot pool of flaming water), to perform her act in the lighted parking lot, bringing shopping center promotion to a new level." (ICSC 2000)

1950 Northgate opened near Seattle on April 21, the first regional shopping center defined as a mall . Anchored by a Bon Marche department store, it provided 800,000 sq. ft. for stores arranged in a linear pattern along a 44-foot wide pedestrian walkway, or "mall" that would become the center spine of all future regional shopping centers. The word came from the British game of pall-mall, or "ball and mallett" combining elements of croquet and golf, played since the 1500s on a wide fairway green.

1950 The drive-in grew in popularity as cars and suburbs shifted population away from center cities; the Campus Drive-In near San Diego State University featured a 50-foot-high neon majorette.

1951 Valley Plaza opened as the first shopping center designed to be built near major freeways, anchored by a Sears store, located in the rapidly growing suburbs of the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles.

1952 Lakewood Center opened 7 miles north of Long Beach near a Douglas Aircraft factory as one of the largest shopping malls in Southern California, with 100 stores and parking for 12,000 cars on 154 acres, anchored by a 350,000 sq. ft. May Co. department store with 2 supermarkets at each end of the linear center. In the next 8 years, 13 other regional malls would be built in the Los Angeles area.

1953 Cherry Creek Shopping Center in Denver opened, planned by architect Temple Buell since 1946, under construction since 1950, anchored by Denver Dry Goods on one side of First Avenue and in 1954 by Buell's metal-trimmed Sears Roebuck store on the other side of First Avenue.

1954 Austrian-born Victor Gruen designed Northland, near Detroit, with 110 stores in 1,192,000 sq. ft. on 2 levels, in a cluster arrangement surrounded by parking lot, modeled on the agora, the town squares of ancient Greece. "Gruen, a refugee who had fled the Nazis and arrived in New York in 1938 with $8 in his pocket and little more than his T-square in his luggage, had worked on some of those early open-air shopping centers. Then Detroit's J. L. Hudson department store chain commissioned him to design a center 8 miles away from its flagship downtown store to take advantage of the recent suburban developments spawned by the city's postwar expressways. In 1954, when it opened, the Northland Center was the world's largest shopping mall." (US News 12/27/99)

1956 Victor Gruen's 95-acre two-level Southdale Center Mall opened Oct. 8 in Edina, MN, near Minneapolis, the first fully enclosed shopping center, with a constant climate-controlled temperature of 72 degrees, inspired by the design of the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele designed and built by architect Giuseppe Mengoni 1865-77 in Milan, Italy. In Maryland, James Rouse opened in October the Mondawmin Mall west of Baltimore.

1957 International Council of Shopping Centers was founded with a membership of 36. The first chairman of the ICSC Board was Leonard L. Farber who had developed suburban strip centers from his New York company headquarters. Albert Sussman was elected the ICSC president 1958-86 . . .

. . . 1962 - Victor Gruen designed the downtown Midtown Plaza for Rochester, NY, opened April 1962, on 7 acres with 2 department stores, McCurdy's and Forman's, at a cost $35 million, "the single largest private investment in America's downtown retailing since World War II " (Hardwick p. 201) Gruen's Randhurst Shopping Center in Mount Prospect near Chicago also opened this year, considered at that time the world's largest shopping center with 1 million sq ft and 3 department stores under a giant dome . . .

. . . 1967 Ernest W. Hahn opened his first regional shopping center, La Cumbre Plaza in Santa Barbara, California. In Maryland, the Rouse Company built the planned community of Columbia and made it the headquarters of the company. The Rouse Company became one of the largest mall builders in the East, as the Ernest Hahn Company would become in the West .

. . . 1972 After 20 years of steadily expanding construction, the United States had a total of 13,174 shopping centers.

1973 The Hahn Co. built the Parkway Plaza shopping center in El Cajon that included a three-screen United Artists theater (closed in 1989).

1974 Westminster Mall opened south of Los Angeles, the last regional mall built with a huge central court.

1975 Fox Hills Mall opened in Los Angeles, the first 3-level mall in Calfornia. Westwood Mall opened near Houston. . .

. . . 1977 - Roy Ramond founded Victoria's Secret lingerie store in San Francisco, and after being sold in 1982 to The Limited corporation, expanded rapidly into shopping centers, with 1000 stores by 2005. . .

. . . 1990 The decade of the 1980s saw the construction of more than 16,000 shopping centers. A Gallup poll showed Americans averaged four trips to a regional or neighborhood mall per month.

1992 Sara Donovan, founder of WalkSport America, began promoting "mall walking," later wrote book "Mall Walking Madness" in 2002.

1993 Shaheen Sadeghi built The Lab in Costa Mesa CA as an "anti-mall" from a former canning factory; and he built The Camp in 2002 in Costa Mesa for outdoor shoppers with five buildings and landscaping simulating a desert and meadow and forest, called "a shopping playground."

1994 The Westfield Company of Australia purchased CenterMark for $1 billion, giving it ownership of 19 regional malls, adding to its American properties that included the purchase of Macy's shopping centers in 1986 for $363 million. In 1998 Westfield purchased TrizecHahn to become the largest owner of regional malls in California, Maryland, and Connecticut.

1995 The first megaplex theater (defined as 14 screens or more) opened in May in Dallas with a 24-screen AMC palace; in November, Edwards opened a 21-screen megaplex at Irvine Spectrum Center, at a cost of $27-million for 158,000 square feet with 6,400 seats and a 3D IMAX.

1996 AMC opened the largest megaplex in the nation, a 30-screen, 5,700 seat theater in Ontario CA. "At the 200-store Ontario Mills Mall, a new concept called "interactive shoppertainment" specifically targets parents, dating couples, families and kids. The lure; do everything from ogling bobcats and lizards at an on-site museum to skiing in virtual reality video game." (Sun-Times 3/21/99)

1997 Pacific Theatres opened a $15 million, 15-screen multiplex theater near Horton Plaza in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. Gene Kemp completed the renovation of the Fashion Valley mall in San Diego, originally built in 1969 by Ernest Hahn, increasing its size to 1,700,000 sq. ft. and 205 stores, adding 5 parking structures to accommodate 8000 cars.

2000 Factory outlet centers became one of the fastest-growing segments of the shopping center industry in the 1990s. Anderson-Little in 1936 began the first factory outlet store for its men's clothing overstock . . . By 1987 there were 108 factory outlet malls, by 1999 there were 278 outlet centers.

2005 According to Emil Pocock, the largest shopping center in the world was the Golden Resources Shopping Mall in Beijing, China, with 7,300,000 square feet total area. The largest mall in North America was West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, with 5,500,000 sq. ft. and 20,000 parking spaces. The largest shopping mall in the United States was Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, with 4,200,000 sq. ft., parking for 12,500 cars, and a seven-acre amusement park, nightclubs, restaurants.

2006 - Otay Ranch Town Center will open in October on 85 acres off Olympic Parkway in the boomtown of Chula Vista. As a "lifestyle mall," it will combine some aspects of a regional mall with an old-fashioned town square. In its first phase, it will have 80 specialty stores, mostly upscale; possibly a Nordstrom department store; and several restaurants, including P.F. Chang's China Bistro and The Cheesecake Factory. In its second phase in 2008, it will add an additional 20 specialty stores and possibly another upper-end department store . . . The developer is Chicago-based General Growth Properties, who have calculated that an estimated 70,000 people cross the border each day, and 63 percent of them come to shop.

Source: Timeline history by Schoenherr, Steven E.
Evolution of the Shopping Center [Feb. 17, 2006], San Diego History Center

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