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Stonestown Galleria
LocationSan Francisco, California
Coordinates37°43′42″N 122°28′38″W / 37.7282°N 122.4771°W / 37.7282; -122.4771
Opening dateJuly 16, 1952; 71 years ago (1952-07-16)
DeveloperStoneson Development Corporation
ManagementBrookfield Properties
OwnerBrookfield Properties
No. of stores and services109
No. of anchor tenants3 (1 open, 2 vacant)
Total retail floor area803,837 sq ft (74,678.9 m2)
No. of floors2
Parking3,700 spaces
Public transit access Stonestown Galleria Station
Overview of a galleria

Stonestown Galleria is a shopping mall in San Francisco, California, United States. It is located immediately north of San Francisco State University and near the former campus of Mercy High School which closed in 2020 and Lowell High School.

Currently, the mall's anchor stores are Target and a Regal Cinemas. The anchor store spaces are each two stories, but most in-line stores are one story. The hallways form a plus shape, with the former Macy's on the north side, and Target, Trader Joe's, Chase, Shake Shack and Bank of America, on the south side. There are four wings, two on level one and two on level two, with a food court on the center upper level.[2] Marble columns and skylights follow the wings of the mall as staples of its architecture. A demolition/rebuilding project in the late 1980s added many of the current architectural features.[3] The former Macy's anchor space was demolished in 2019 and renovated, as it now houses a Regal Cinemas, Whole Foods Market, and Sports Basement, a California chain of sporting goods stores. Brookfield Properties, the owners and managers of the mall, announced in 2021 their plans to further renovate the mall into a 'town center' under their Stonestown Reimagined vision.[4]


Stonestown Galleria, originally called Stonestown Shopping Center, was built in 1952 by the Stoneson brothers. It was built in the Lakeside neighborhood, bordering Lake Merced, along with apartments that could house 3,000 to 3,500 people.[5]

The anchor store, The Emporium, opened on July 16, 1952. Other early businesses included Walgreens, Butler Brothers, Gallenkamp Shoes, the Red Chimney restaurant and Woolworth's. There were stores for local residents, including a grocery store, a bakery, and movie theaters.

Stoneson Brothers also developed the Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton and Lakeside Village.

The Stoneson brothers aged and the mall was sold to a pension fund.[citation needed]

In 1970, a United Artists Cinema opened in what is now the parking lot behind the Stonestown Galleria.[6] The cinema was designed by San Francisco architect George K Raad.[7] The movie theater closed in Spring 2020, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.[8]

In 1977, Bullock's opened at the mall, which was later converted to Nordstrom in 1988.

In 1987, Stonestown went through a renovation and major redevelopment spearheaded by architect John Field. Field's plan added one story of stores, including a food court, a glass ceiling and marble floors, plus 350 new underground parking spaces.[5] These changes led to the Stonestown Shopping Center being renamed Stonestown Galleria.

In 1996, The Emporium was converted to Macy's when Federated Stores bought Broadway Stores Inc. in 1995.

In December 2003, Heitman Financial, the manager, abandoned efforts to construct nearly 300 new residential units and a grocery store on a parcel next to the mall's 42-acre (170,000 m2) site. Neighborhood groups complained that the project would worsen traffic congestion in the area and create safety and environmental problems.

In 2004, General Growth Properties bought the mall from Pacific Acquisition Corp. for $312 million.[9]

In November 2017, Macy's announced plans to close its store at the mall.[10][11][12] The store closed in March 2018.

On June 6, 2018, an article reported that Nordstrom would also be closing within the next 18 months which would leave the mall with no anchors, however, the article also reported that Nordstrom "has no store closures to announce".[13]

Nordstrom eventually closed on September 14, 2019, therefore leaving Target as one of the last anchor tenants.

On September 8, 2023, an arcade and entertainment company Round 1 plans to take over the space that used to be occupied by Nordstrom.[14]

See also


  1. ^ "Stonestown Galleria". Brookfield Properties.
  2. ^ "Stonestown Galleria". Stonestown Galleria.
  3. ^ "Big Mall Rat Guide: Stonestown Galleria". Big Mall Rat Guide.
  4. ^ "Stonestown Reimagined". Stonestown Reimagined. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  5. ^ a b "Stonestown". Western Neighborhoods Project.
  6. ^ Echeverria, By Danielle. "How an empty 1970s S.F. movie theater deemed 'historic' could scale back housing plans at Stonestown". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2024-03-08.
  7. ^ "Historic Designation for Stonestown's Old Movie Theater, Which Is Not Even Used Anymore, Could Alter Housing Plan". SFist - San Francisco News, Restaurants, Events, & Sports. 2022-09-09. Retrieved 2024-03-08.
  8. ^ "Stonestown Twin in San Francisco, CA - Cinema Treasures". Retrieved 2024-03-08.
  9. ^ "General Growth Properties Bids $313Mln for San Francisco's Stonestown Galleria". American City Business Journals. CRE News. August 2, 2004.
  10. ^ Peltz, James F.; Masunaga, Samantha (November 9, 2017). "Macy's is shutting its Westside Pavilion store and others in California". Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ "Macy's, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2017 Earnings Above Prior Year and Re-affirms Full-Year Guidance" (Press release). Business Wire. November 9, 2017.
  12. ^ Kurzweil, Anthony (November 9, 2017). "Macy's to Close 2 More Southern California Stores in 2018". KTLA.
  13. ^ Burke, Katie (June 6, 2018). "Exclusive: Nordstrom to close Stonestown location, leaving S.F. mall anchor-less". American City Business Journals.
  14. ^ "Video arcade company to become anchor tenant at Stonestown mall". KTVU FOX 2. 2023-09-08. Retrieved 2023-12-29.