Panorama Mall
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LocationPanorama City, Los Angeles, California, United States
Coordinates34°13′25″N 118°27′02″W / 34.22352°N 118.45059°W / 34.22352; -118.45059
Address8401 Van Nuys Boulevard
Opening dateOctober 10, 1955
Previous namesBroadway–Valley shopping center
Panorama City Shopping Center

Panorama Mall is a mall in Panorama City, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California. It is an enclosed mall anchored by two large discount stores, Walmart and Curacao, aimed primarily at an Hispanic customer base.

The mall originally opened as the open-air Broadway–Valley shopping center in 1955.[1] Similar to what happened with nearby Valley Plaza, after opening, additional department stores and retail strips opened on the edges of the Broadway center, and during the 1960s the merchants' association of the various owners marketed its retail properties collectively as the Panorama City Shopping Center.[2] In 1964 it claimed to be the first center with four major department stores. Panorama Mall was renovated and enclosed in 1980.[3]

History

The Broadway–Valley shopping center, as it was then known, opened on October 10, 1955, as a single strip of stores along Van Nuys Blvd. north of Roscoe Blvd, with 89,000 square feet (8,300 m2) of retail space adjacent to and sharing a parking lot with a 226,000-square-foot (21,000 m2) Broadway department store designed by architect Welton Becket. Silverwoods, Mandel's, Kinney Shoes, Lerner's and Woolworth were the other stores in the complex.[1]

The anchor department stores opened as follows:

A 1964 advertisement promoted 86 stores collectively as the "Panorama City Shopping Center" – not just the Broadway and Silverwoods complex. These included three full-line freestanding department stores within one block of The Broadway.[2]

An LAPD cruiser assigned to patrol Panorama Mall.
An LAPD cruiser assigned to patrol Panorama Mall.

By the 1970s, business had declined compared to other regional malls that had opened in the Valley, such as the Sherman Oaks Galleria, Sherman Oaks Fashion Square, and Northridge Fashion Center.[7]

In 1979, the Santa Monica-based MaceRich Co. real estate development firm and the Connecticut General Mortgage and Realty Investments Co. bought the mall for $5.8 million and enclosed and renovated it. The $7 million in improvements included a refresh to the look of the mall, new construction including a second strip of shops, plus a roof over the mall walkway. The retail sales area increased to 145,000 square feet (13,500 m2) and the mall was physically connected to the adjacent Broadway store. A large stainless sculpture by artist Sebastian Trovato was added, portraying intertwining rings.[3]

In 1986, the Panorama Mall ranked 40th out of the 61 regional shopping malls in Los Angeles and Orange Counties with more than $68 million in annual sales. Business was improving, according to the manager of the Broadway, but the Los Angeles Times characterized retail in the area as "awaiting revival".[7]

In the late 1990s, Walmart opened in the building vacated by the Broadway after that chain's merger into Federated Department Stores and then Macy's.[8]

The owners renovated the mall again for $1 million in 2005.[9]

As of 2019, the abandoned Montgomery Ward store across from the mall is set to become a residential and retail mixed-use development.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b c "'Copter Takes Group To Broadway–Valley". Valley Times. October 10, 1955.
  2. ^ a b Ohrbach's advertisement in Valley News, 1964
  3. ^ a b Stein, Mark (November 23, 1980). "Panorama Mall Reopens with New Face: 25-Year-Old Shopping Center, One of Valley's First, Renovated". Los Angeles Times. p. 638.
  4. ^ "Ward Valley Store to Open Wednesday". Los Angeles Times. September 10, 1961.
  5. ^ "Panorama City Store Opened by Robinson's", Los Angeles Times, June 28, 1961
  6. ^ "Los Angeles Times". October 8, 1964.
  7. ^ a b "Panorama City: Once vital business area awaits revival". Los Angeles Times. January 25, 1988. p. 24.
  8. ^ "Right Place, Time for Wal-Mart". Los Angeles Times. April 27, 1997.
  9. ^ "Facelift prices up San Fernando Valley's old mall". The Desert Sun (Palm Springs). November 20, 2005.
  10. ^ "The Icon at Panorama project moves forward after city officials reject appeal". Los Angeles Daily News. 22 August 2018.

Coordinates: 34°13′25″N 118°27′02″W / 34.223516°N 118.4505892°W / 34.223516; -118.4505892