The Shops at Santa Anita
The current logo of The Shops at Santa Anita 2023-present
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LocationArcadia, California, U.S.
Coordinates34°08′05″N 118°03′06″W / 34.13474°N 118.05166°W / 34.13474; -118.05166
Address400 South Baldwin Avenue
Opening dateOctober 14, 1974; 49 years ago (1974-10-14)
Previous names
  • Santa Anita Fashion Park (1974–1998)
  • Westfield Shoppingtown Santa Anita (1998–2005)
  • Westfield Santa Anita (2005-2022)
DeveloperThe Hahn Company
ManagementWestfield Group
OwnerRiderwood USA
No. of stores and services214
No. of anchor tenants4
Total retail floor area1,500,000 sq ft (140,000 m2)
No. of floors2 (3 in Macy's and Forever 21)
Websitewww.shopsatsantaanita.com

The Shops at Santa Anita (stylized as THE SHOPS SANTA ANITA) is a super-regional shopping mall located in Arcadia, California, adjacent to the Santa Anita Race Track, formerly known as Santa Anita Fashion Park and Westfield Santa Anita.

History

The mall opened as the Santa Anita Fashion Park on October 14, 1974,[1] with original anchors JCPenney, The Broadway, Buffum's and J. W. Robinson's. Only Buffums was open at the mall opening and the other anchors opened gradually through 1976. The western wing was demolished and expanded in the late 1980s, completing in 1994 with a Nordstrom store replacing Buffum's.[2] The J.W. Robinson's store became a Robinsons-May store in 1993, and The Broadway was converted into Macy's in 1996.

In 1998, Westfield America, Inc., a precursor to Westfield Group, acquired the shopping center from TrizecHahn Corporation[3] and renamed it "Westfield Shoppingtown Santa Anita". "Shoppingtown" was dropped from the name in June 2005.[4]

On October 1, 2004, the first phase of a planned three-phase expansion of Westfield Santa Anita opened. The $113 million phase added a new food court, a 16-screen AMC Cinema, Dave & Buster's, a Cheesecake Factory, and 30 new retailers including American Eagle Outfitters and Hollister Co.[5]

On November 24, 2004, a new carousel in the center court was built and opened to the public.[6]

After the 2005 Federated Stores acquisition of The May Department Stores Company, the Robinsons-May store closed in 2006 and remained largely vacant for six years.

On May 7, 2009, the $120 million second phase of the mall's expansion opened. Dubbed "The Promenade", the outdoor expansion added 30 new stores between Macy's and Nordstrom with an emphasis on upscale brands like Coach, Williams Sonoma, Talbots, and Clarks.[7]

On November 3, 2012, Forever 21 relocated from its location on the first floor into most of the former Robinsons-May becoming an anchor tenant.[8] The Robinsons-May store was heavily renovated and repartitioned into smaller parts to accommodate this transition.

The former Robinsons-May store was used for filming the abandoned Bloomingdale's scenes in the 2008 blockbuster Cloverfield.[9]

In September 2013, Westfield Santa Anita hosted the first Haidilao restaurant in the US.[10][11]

In 2014, major renovations of the mall will feature new flooring, distinctive fixtures and the upgrade of many seating lounges including a dramatic change to the center court. The renovations of the center court will result in the removal of the carousel after almost 10 years of operation.

In May 2021, Canadian artist the Weeknd performed "Save Your Tears", a song from his fourth studio album After Hours in the parking lot of Westfield Santa Anita for his 2021 Billboard Music Awards performance.[12]

In August 2021, the shopping center was featured in Olivia Rodrigo's "Brutal" music video.

In August 2022, the shopping center was sold for a sum of $538 million to an undisclosed buyer[13] and rebranded from "Westfield Santa Anita" to "The Shops at Santa Anita".[14]

On September 30, 2023, 99 Ranch Market opened an anchor store in the former first floor of Forever 21.

Anchors

Current

Former

See also

References

  1. ^ "Fashion Park Opens Officially". Monrovia Daily News-Post. October 14, 1974.
  2. ^ "BUSINESS : City Looks to Mall Upgrade for a Lift : New, upscale stores, including Nordstrom, at Santa Anita Fashion Park should boost tax revenues, Arcadia official says. The wing will open on Friday". Los Angeles Times. August 25, 1994.
  3. ^ "Westfield America, Inc. announces aquistiion of Santa Anita Fashion Park, Parkway Plaza and Soland Mall". Westfield Corp. (Press release). September 28, 1998.
  4. ^ Albright, Mark (June 1, 2005). "If you didn't call them 'shoppingtowns,' don't: Three local malls that called themselves by the Australian name will quietly drop the label". Tampa Bay Times.
  5. ^ "Westfield Shoppingtown Santa Anita: $113 Million Renovation Offers San Gabriel Valley Shoppers More Shopping, Dining and Entertainment". Business Wire (Press release). September 1, 2004.
  6. ^ "This article highlights the new carousel at the Santa Anita Mall and discusses some history of the carousel". arcadiahistory.andornot.com. Retrieved November 28, 2023.
  7. ^ "Westfield Santa Anita celebrates opening of Promenade expansion". Los Angeles Times. May 7, 2009.
  8. ^ a b "Forever 21 Store Relocation in Arcadia, California". Forever 21 (Press release). October 31, 2012.
  9. ^ "Cloverfield (2008) - Filming Locations". IMDb.
  10. ^ "Hai Di Lao, Chinese Hot Pot Chain, Plans To Bring 'Noodle Dance' To The U.S." Huffington Post. May 22, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  11. ^ Burkitt, Laurie (May 22, 2013). "Chinese Hot Pot Chain Hai Di Lao Makes Move to U.S." Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  12. ^ Média, Bell. "Here's Story Behind The Weeknd's BBMAs Performance". www.iheartradio.ca. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  13. ^ "Westfield Santa Anita mall sells for $538M". Retrieved August 30, 2022.
  14. ^ Vincent, Roger (September 15, 2022). "Westfield Santa Anita buyer is Southern California real estate investor Wen Shan Chang". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  15. ^ "JC Penney ad grand opening Santa Anita". Monrovia News-Post. August 7, 1975. p. 7.
  16. ^ "Advertisement for The Broadway". Los Angeles Times. November 10, 1974.
  17. ^ "Robinson's to Open on Monday in Santa Anita Fashion Park".