Esplanade Shopping Center
LocationOxnard, California
Coordinates34°14′05″N 119°10′45″W / 34.234787°N 119.179035°W / 34.234787; -119.179035
Address195 W. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard, CA 93036
Previous namesEsplanade Mall
OwnerInvestec Real Estate
Total retail floor area356,864 square feet (33,153.8 m2)
No. of floors1
WebsiteOfficial website

The Esplanade Shopping Center is a power center in Oxnard, California. It replaced the Esplanade Mall which was Ventura County's first fully enclosed shopping center and was anchored by May Company California and Sears. Anchor stores include Home Depot, Nordstrom Rack, Staples, Dick's Sporting Goods, Party City and Food 4 Less.


The enclosed mall was demolished in August 2000 and replaced by ay open-air center, known as the Esplanade Shopping Center, the first stores opening in September 2001. These included Cost Plus World Market and Bed Bath & Beyond.[1] A 136,000-square-foot Home Depot opened later in February 2002.[2] The Target store (built in 1983), which relocated to The Collection at RiverPark in 2012, was demolished for a new Food 4 Less market.

Esplanade Mall

Construction began on September 16, 1968, on a $3-million[3] 276,595-square-foot (25,696.5 m2) Sears with two above-ground levels and a basement. The store welcomed its first shoppers in February, 1970.[4]

The single-level wing of specialty stores opened, with thirty-four initial stores, on March 5, 1970. The architect for both was Burke, Kober, Nicolais & Archuleta. S. H. Kress & Co. five-and-dime, Harris & Frank and Silverwoods were among the junior department stores at the mall's launch. In total the mall sat on 45 acres (18 ha).[3][5][6] Alongside the mall existed Disco Fair, which later rebranded as Two Guys and FedMart in the 1970's and Target in 1983.

A 2-level, 150,000-square-foot (14,000 m2) May Company California was the final original anchor to open on November 2, 1970[7] and was rebranded Robinsons-May in 1993. The 2-story emporium was designed by Pasadena architects Ladd and Kelsey.

In 1999, the anchors Robinsons-May and Sears moved from Esplanade to the Buenaventura Mall in Ventura.[8]


  1. ^ Hersko, Tyler (December 18, 2018). "Oxnard's Esplanade Shopping Center purchased by Santa Barbara company". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  2. ^ "Esplanade Center". Mall Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Oxnard's Esplanade to Open Thursday". Los Angeles Times. March 1, 1970.
  4. ^ "Sears Roebuck Opens in Oxnard". Los Angeles Times. February 15, 1970 – via
  5. ^ "Oxnard Approves zoning for Regional Shop Center". Los Angeles Times. May 26, 1968 – via
  6. ^ "Esplanade Nearing Completion in Oxnard". Los Angeles Times. July 13, 1969 – via
  7. ^ "The New May Co. Oxnard Opens Tomorrow". Los Angeles Times. November 1, 1970 – via
  8. ^ Bustillo, Miguel (May 26, 1995). "Esplanade Mall May Be In for a Struggle : Oxnard: Some merchants and shoppers fear the worst after the loss of Robinsons-May. City leaders remain defiantly upbeat about the aging complex". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 9, 2020.