Northridge Mall
North Wing entrance of Northridge Mall
LocationSalinas, California, United States
Coordinates36°43′03″N 121°39′29″W / 36.71763°N 121.65803°W / 36.71763; -121.65803
Address796 Northridge Drive
Opening date1974
ManagementSpinoso Real Estate Group
No. of stores and services127[1]
No. of anchor tenants4 (3 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area892,824 sq ft (82,946.1 m2)[2]
No. of floors1 plus 2nd floor access to Round One Entertainment (2 in Macy's and former Sears)
Public transit accessMonterey Salinas Transit (MST): 23, 29, 41, 44, 45, 48, 49, 72, 95

Northridge Mall is a shopping mall in Salinas, California, the largest in Monterey County.[3] Located off Highway 101 near Boronda Road and North Main Street in the northern part of the city,[4] the single-story structure encompasses 976,913 sq ft (90,758 m2) of retail space. Northridge Mall features more than 110 shops, two restaurants, a fast-food court with eight outlets (2 vacant), a Round One Entertainment, and three department stores including Hobby Lobby, JCPenney, and Macy's with one vacant anchor last occupied by Sears. It receives approximately 7.2 million visitors annually[4] with approximately 5,800 spaces[3] in the open-air parking lot. It's the only indoor shopping mall between San Jose and Santa Maria.[5]


Northridge Mall opened in 1974 with 60 stores and Emporium Capwells, JCPenney, and Mervyns as anchor stores. It was owned by the insurance company Northwestern Mutual. Sears moved from its original South Main Street location to its mall location, which, at the time was disconnected and was not affiliated with the mall. It was not until the new south wing was added in 1982, that the pre-existing Sears outlet became part of the mall. The new wing also nearly doubled the shopping center's retail space and stores.[6]

In 1994 the mall was remodeled and in 1996 the Emporium Capwells outlet was replaced by Macy's; both Sears and JCPenney underwent extensive remodels. In 1998, the Mervyns outlet was extensively remodeled to incorporate the brand's new image.

Macerich acquired Northridge Mall in 2003 from Northwestern Mutual for a purchase price of approximately $128.5 million.[7][8][9]

Starwood Capital Group purchased Northridge Mall in 2013 from Macerich for a purchase price of approximately $120 million.[10]

In 2015, Sears Holdings spun off 235 of its properties, including the Sears at Northridge Mall, into Seritage Growth Properties.

On November 4, 2016, JCPenney opened a new 127,000 sq. ft. one-story building on the west side of the mall facing the 101 freeway.[11][3] The former building was set to become new mall shops on the first floor which would connect the east and west side of the mall. An entertainment complex was set to take over the former second floor of JCPenney. After the relocation of JCPenney, the mall added new seating and new flooring throughout the entire mall.

On March 9, 2019, Round 1 opened as the entertainment center in the former JCPenney's second story.[12] Also, Forever 21 moved from the anchor building next to JCPenney to a location inside the mall. The former Forever 21 became Hobby Lobby and opened on September 16, 2019.[13]

A Panera Bread location was built detached from the mall which opened in mid 2019. After Panera opened, a new building broke ground, which was set to open as a Chick-fil-A. Chick-fil-A opened on April 8, 2021.[14] On November 14, 2019, it was announced that Forever 21 would be closing this location as part of a plan to close 111 stores nationwide. The store closed in January 2020.[15]

Sears closed in 2020.

The Sears store, which was incorporated into the mall in 1982 and closed in 2020


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  2. ^ "Leasing Information". Starwood Retail Properties. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  3. ^ a b c "northridge_0519_0.pdf" (PDF). p. 2. Retrieved February 18, 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Northridge Mall Information". Retrieved February 17, 2023.
  5. ^ "northridge_0519_0.pdf" (PDF). p. 3. Retrieved February 18, 2023.
  6. ^ "Northridge Mall". Retrieved March 4, 2023.
  7. ^ "COMPANY BRIEFS". The New York Times. September 17, 2003.
  8. ^ "The Macerich Company Announces Acquisition of Northridge Mall" (Press release). Macerich. Sep 16, 2003.
  9. ^ Northridge Mall purchased. Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.
  10. ^ "Northridge Mall in Salinas sold to Chicago investors". Monterey County Herald. June 6, 2013.
  11. ^ "JCPenney Grand opening in Salinas, CA #SoWorthlt i". November 7, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2023.
  12. ^ "Confirmed: Round1 Bowling& Amusement will be opening at Northridge Mall (Salinas, CA) on March 9, 2019!!!". March 4, 2019. Retrieved February 26, 2023.
  13. ^ Szydlowski, Joe (August 8, 2019). "Hobby Lobby getting ready to open Salinas store at Northridge Mall". The Californian. Salinas, CA. p. 3. Retrieved February 17, 2023.
  14. ^ Bratten, Erika (April 8, 2021). "New Chick-fil-A opens in Salinas". KION546. Retrieved February 15, 2023.
  15. ^ Sumagaysay, Levi (October 3, 2019). "Forever 21 plans to close several stores in the Bay Area". The Mercury News. San Jose, California.