Eastridge Center
Aerial view of Eastridge in Evergreen (San Jose, California).jpg
Aerial view of Eastridge with Lake Cunningham on the right and Reid-Hillview Airport on top.
LocationEvergreen, San Jose, California
Address2200 Eastridge Loop
Opening dateMay 17, 1971; 50 years ago (1971-05-17)
DeveloperBayshore Properties (Taubman Centers)/ Homart Development Company
ManagementPacific Retail
OwnerPacific Retail
No. of stores and services104
No. of anchor tenants7 (5 open, 2 vacant)
Total retail floor area1,400,000 square feet (130,064.3 m2)
No. of floors2 (3 in Macy's)
Websiteeastridgecenter.com

Eastridge, officially Eastridge Center, is a shopping mall in San Jose, California, located in the Evergreen district of East San Jose. Eastridge opened as the largest mall on the West Coast in 1971 and has been redesigned multiple times throughout its history, most recently in 2017.[1][2] Eastridge serves as an important community hub in Evergreen and the larger East Side, hosting farmers markets, holiday celebrations, and community events.[2] The anchor stores are JCPenney, Macy's, AMC Theatres, Round 1 Entertainment, and 24 Hour Fitness.

History

South entry (entrance C).
South entry (entrance C).
Roller rink and restaurants.
Roller rink and restaurants.
A skyway at Eastridge.
A skyway at Eastridge.

The mall opened on May 17, 1971, with the original anchors of Macy's, Liberty House, J. C. Penney, Joseph Magnin Co., and Sears. Eastridge Center was the largest enclosed shopping mall in the Western United States. Emporium-Capwell replaced Liberty House when the chain pulled out of California. After Macy's bought Emporium-Capwell, the store was closed. It sat vacant until the 2005 remodel when it was demolished.

In 1993, the Spillman Engineering 3 Abroad carousel, made c.1920 by Allan Herschell Company was restored and placed in the mall.[3] The carousel has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2000.[3]

In February 2012, two teenage boys were stabbed and left in critical condition at the mall, which led to J. C. Penney and Macy's closing temporarily.[4][5] In the wake of the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting, a mysterious package was thrown into an AMC theater at Eastridge during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises, which led to an evacuation of the theater.[6] On July 20, 2012, a fire broke out near the mall at a homeless encampment in a 100-by-100 ft area, but was extinguished before the fire could reach any buildings.[7]

On January 15, 2016, a joint adventure between Pacific Retail Capital Partners and Silverpeak Real Estate Partners acquired the mall from GGP for $225 million, excluding the Sears and Macy's stores. The new owners announced that they will invest approximately $15 million to upgrade the mall.[8][9] In March 2017, a renovation of the mall was announced.[10]

In December 2017, it was announced that Barnes & Noble would close its store in the mall in January 2018.[11] On November 7, 2019, it was announced that Sears would be closing this location as part of a plan to close 96 stores nationwide. The store closed on February 2, 2020.[12]

In 2017, Eastridge underwent its most recent and largest renovation.[2] As part of the renovation, the Eastridge Murals were painted.

Eastridge Murals

As part of the major renovation of Eastridge in 2017, the four Eastridge Murals were commissioned, which constitute the world's largest murals on a shopping center.[13][14] The four murals cover a total of 20,000 square feet of artwork and carried out by four different artists: Aaron de la Cruz, Brendan Monroe, CYRCLE, and Lila Gemellos.[15][16]

Location

Shops at Eastridge.
Shops at Eastridge.

Eastridge is located in the Evergreen district of East San Jose. It is bound on the east by the Capitol Expressway. Nearby landmarks include Lake Cunningham and Raging Waters San Jose.

Reid-Hillview Airport is located north of Eastridge, across Tully Road.

Transportation

North entry (entrance A).
North entry (entrance A).

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) operates the Eastridge Transit Center on the northeast edge of the mall along Capitol Expressway.

Popular culture

A scene from Robert Redford's The Candidate (1972) was filmed at Eastridge.[17]

Several scenes of Logan's Run (1976) were filmed at Eastridge.[17]

References

  1. ^ Visit San José - Eastridge Center
  2. ^ a b c Eastridge - About
  3. ^ a b "Form 10-900, National Register oil Historic Places, Registration Form". United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service. 2000. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  4. ^ MELVIN, JOSHUA (February 19, 2012). "San Jose: Eastridge Mall stabbing victims now expected to survive". The Mercury News.
  5. ^ "Two People Stabbed at Eastridge Mall". NBC Bay Area. February 19, 2012.
  6. ^ Gomez, Maria (July 24, 2012). "San Jose: Package thrown into 'Dark Knight' showing prompts Eastridge theaters evacuation". The Mercury News.
  7. ^ DE BENEDETTI, CHRIS (July 21, 2012). "San Jose firefighters extinguish small grass fire near Eastridge Mall". East Bay Times.
  8. ^ "Pacific Retail Capital Partners and Silverpeak Real Estate Partners Acquire 1.4 Million-Square-Foot Eastridge Mall in San Jose" (Press release). Pacific Retail. January 15, 2016.
  9. ^ Donato-Weinstein, Nathan (January 29, 2016). "Here's the actual price that San Jose's Eastridge Mall fetched". American City Business Journals.
  10. ^ Bitters, Janice (March 1, 2017). "Exclusive: San Jose Eastridge Shopping Center to get multimillion-dollar revamp, updated food court and new retailers". American City Business Journals.
  11. ^ SEIPEL, TRACY (December 6, 2017). "Another Bay Area Barnes & Noble bites the dust". The Mercury News.
  12. ^ Tyko, Kelly; Bomey, Nathan (November 7, 2019). "Sears and Kmart store closings: 51 Sears, 45 Kmart locations to shutter. See the list". USA Today. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  13. ^ San Jose Mercury News - Pizarro: Eastridge Shows Off $15 Million Makeover with Three Day Celebration
  14. ^ Eastridge - Eastridge Center in San Jose Completes World’s Largest Outdoor Murals on a Shopping Center
  15. ^ Eastridge - Eastridge Murals
  16. ^ Pacific Retail - Eastridge Redevelopment Mural Project
  17. ^ a b San Jose Mercury News - Five Things You Didn't Know About Eastridge

Coordinates: 37°19′31″N 121°48′51″W / 37.325328°N 121.814089°W / 37.325328; -121.814089