Bella Terra
Bella Terra
LocationHuntington Beach, California, United States
Coordinates33°43′54.43″N 117°59′37.04″W / 33.7317861°N 117.9936222°W / 33.7317861; -117.9936222Coordinates: 33°43′54.43″N 117°59′37.04″W / 33.7317861°N 117.9936222°W / 33.7317861; -117.9936222
Address7777 Edinger Avenue
Opening date1966/2006
ManagementDJM Capital Partners
OwnerDJM Capital Partners
ArchitectPerkowitz & Ruth
No. of stores and services100
No. of anchor tenants10
ParkingParking lot, parking garage
Websitebellaterra-hb.com

Bella Terra is an outdoor shopping mall in Huntington Beach, California. It was built on the site of the former Huntington Center. The center's current anchors are; Kohl's, Burlington Coat Factory, Barnes & Noble, Cinemark Theaters, Whole Foods Market, and Costco Wholesale.

History

Huntington Center opening

The Mervyn's was closed in late 2008. It sat vacant from 2008 to  2010 before it was demolished.
The Mervyn's was closed in late 2008. It sat vacant from 2008 to 2010 before it was demolished.

The Huntington Center was the first enclosed, all-weather mall in Orange County. It opened in 1966 at a cost of $20,000,000 with 55 retailers occupying a total of 842,855 square feet (78,303.8 m2) of retail space on a 58-acre (23 ha) lot, and parking for 3,700 cars.[1][2]

Department store anchored the center:[3]

Additional tenants at opening included Lerner's, Judy's, Harris & Frank, Leed's, Kinney Shoes, Thom McAn, Security First National Bank, Crocker-Citizens National Bank Food Fair supermarket and Thrifty Drug Stores.[3]

An eight-ton statue from Budapest, Hungary was installed in the center of the mall.[3]

Later developments

Closedown

Rebirth as Bella Terra

References

  1. ^ a b c "Ward's Store Will Be Largest in H. B. Center". Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram. August 29, 1965. p. 107. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Huntington Center to Have Air-Conditioned, Heated Mall". Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram. August 15, 1965. p. 113. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Grand Opening Slated for Huntington Center". Long Beach Independent. November 17, 1966. p. 82. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  4. ^ Johnson, Greg (30 October 1995). "Bookstores Hit Best-Seller List: Outlets Grow in Number in O.C." Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  5. ^ Earnest, Leslie (11 July 2000). "Burlington: We're Being Forced Out". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  6. ^ Fletcher, Jaimee Lynn (December 16, 2010). "Surf City's Montgomery Ward is Gone". The Orange County Register. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  7. ^ Bersebach, Paul (2 May 2012). "Costco opens its doors in Huntington Beach". Orange County Register. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  8. ^ Venegas, Ana (16 April 2013). "Housing brings Bella Terra vision into focus". Orange County Register. Retrieved 9 March 2015.