The Promenade at Garden Grove
(orig. Orange County Plaza)
Sign for Orange County Plaza in the late 1950s
LocationGarden Grove, California
Coordinates33°47′22″N 117°57′51″W / 33.7893817°N 117.9642835°W / 33.7893817; -117.9642835
Address9635–9959 Chapman Avenue
Opening date1958
ManagementDonald H. Shanedling (original, 1958)
OwnerHGGA Promenade (Hughes Investments)[1]
ArchitectJacobson, Coppedge & Huxley
No. of anchor tenants8
Total retail floor area353,217 sq ft (32,814.9 m2)
No. of floors1
Public transit accessOCTA bus routes 35, 54

Orange County Plaza, later Garden Grove Mall, Garden Promenade, now The Promenade at Garden Grove, was, upon its expansion in 1959, with sixty stores, the largest shopping center in Orange County, California, and at the time billed itself as "Orange County's first regional shopping center". However, Anaheim Plaza had in fact already opened In 1955, four years prior, and had an anchor department store (The Broadway).[2]

The open-air shopping center is located at Chapman Avenue and Brookhurst Street in Garden Grove, California, a Los Angeles suburb of 171,644 (2019 estimate).[3]


The center was announced in 1956 and was to cost $10,000,000. In 1956 and 1958, the project announced that Penney's, Newberry's and Grant's would locate in the Plaza, as well as the first branch of Rankin's department store of Santa Ana, which was to measure 28,000 sq ft (2,600 m2) – however, Rankin's never did wind up opening a branch there.[4][5]

First phase (opened 1956)

The center first opened in 1956 with 20 stores and 60,000 sq ft (5,600 m2) of gross leasable area[6] on 10 acres (4.0 ha),[5] including:[7]

Second phase (opened 1959)

Phase II added 40 stores and 275,000 sq ft (25,500 m2) of gross leasable area on an additional 35 acres (14 ha). This phase added the anchor stores:[8]

1979 renovation

in 1979 the center was known as Garden Grove Mall. There was a $5 million renovation of the mall in 1979 with new anchors National Lumber, and a new branch of Huntington Park-based 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) Wineman's Department Store that opened in the east end of the mall in the fall of that year.[9] Wineman's operated until acquisition of the chain by Boston Stores in 1984, when some of their branches were converted to Boston Stores. Additional stores that were added were McDonald's, Straw Hat Pizza, Citizens Savings and Loan, Bank of America and See's Candies. The gross leasable area at that time was 345,000 square feet (32,100 m2).[9]

The Promenade at Garden Grove today

The site continues to function as a shopping center called The Promenade at Garden Grove. With 353,217 sq ft (32,814.9 m2) of gross leasable area it classifies as a community shopping center a.k.a. "large neighborhood center".[10] Anchors are Garden Grove's second Walmart (opened July 16, 2014, formerly Costco which opened in 1987 and relocated in 1994),[1] a 16-screen Regal Cinemas, Marshalls, Ross Dress for Less, 24 Hour Fitness, Aldi, Petsmart and Dollar Tree.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b "New Garden Grove Walmart Opens". City of Garden Grove. July 14, 2014.
  2. ^ "Anaheim Fetes New Broadway Store Opening". Los Angeles Times. October 15, 1955.
  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Merchants announce new store opening". Los Angeles Times. October 28, 1956. p. 131.
  5. ^ a b c "Orange County Plaza Center will have two supermarkets". Independent Press-Telegram (Long Beach, California). February 23, 1959. p. 53.
  6. ^ "Major Chain Stores to Be in New Center". Independent Press-Telegram (Long Beach, CA). October 28, 1956.
  7. ^ "Shopping center stores leased". Independent Press-Telegram (Long Beach, CA). April 8, 1956.
  8. ^ "Sixty Stores Assures Wide Buying Choice". Los Angeles Times. April 26, 1959.
  9. ^ a b "Wineman's to Open". Los Angeles Times. June 3, 1979.
  10. ^ "ICSC Shopping Center Definitions: Basic Configurations and Types" (PDF). International Council of Shopping Centers. 1999. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 8, 2014. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  11. ^ Jim Tortolano, "Good news on rusty skeleton, Pavilion", June 27, 2019, Orange County Tribune
  12. ^ "The Promenade at Garden Grove (leasing information sheet)" (PDF). Hughes Investments.