Town Center Corte Madera
Town Center at Corte Madera 2.jpg
LocationCorte Madera, California, United States
Opening date1958
ManagementMadison Marquette
OwnerMorgan Stanley
No. of stores and services68[1]
No. of anchor tenants2
Total retail floor area370,151 sq ft (34,388.2 m2)
No. of floors1

Town Center Corte Madera is an upscale shopping center located in Corte Madera, California. It is located off U.S. Route 101 on Tamalpais Drive. It is anchored by a Safeway supermarket and Barnes & Noble. It is located across the freeway from The Village at Corte Madera and the two shopping centers provide much of the city of Corte Madera's income from retail sales tax. The Town Center is owned by 770 Tamalpais Drive, Inc. The owner of that corporation is Morgan Stanley.[2]


Town Center in July 2014.
Town Center in July 2014.
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The Town Center is a successor to the Corte Madera Center (CMC), which opened in 1958 next to Littleman's Supermarket (later Cala Foods) which opened in 1952 and closed in 1985 and was located where P.F. Chang's is.[3] Louis Thomas, a men's apparel and formalwear shop, opened in 1958 and is the oldest surviving tenant.[4] In 1985 CMC was largely redeveloped, significantly remodeled, and renamed the Town Center Corte Madera. Anchor tenant Montgomery Ward had closed. J.C. Penney added a second story, and then closed in 2000. There was a The Good Guys!, but it was bought out by CompUSA, and the location was closed. It now houses a P. F. Chang's China Bistro.

There was substantial local controversy in 2005 and 2006 when it was announced that a Barnes & Noble chain book store would be moving into the space vacated by Marshall's, as the Book Passage was nearby, one of Marin County's largest independent book stores, that opened in 1976.[5][6] Though many Barnes & Noble stores have closed, it remains open at the Town Center.[7] Book Passage also remains open in Corte Madera.[8]

Anchors and major tenants

As of 2007, the Town Center Corte Madera and Madison Marquette Realty Services identified the largest tenants:[9][2]




  1. ^ "Guide to The Village at Corte Madera". Big Mall Rat Guide. Archived from the original on December 26, 2005.
  2. ^ a b "Town Center Corte Madera". Madison Marquette Realty Services. Archived from the original on October 9, 2007. Retrieved May 20, 2007.
  3. ^ "Marin County – Our Towns – Corte Madera". Marin County Genealogy. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007.
  4. ^ "Store Locations". Louis Thomas. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved April 28, 2007. The store was founded in San Francisco in 1946 as 'Louis George' and used that name when it first opened in Corte Madera.
  5. ^ "Book Passage History".
  6. ^ "Citizens Concerned about Strengthening Independent Bookstores". Archived from the original on October 14, 2006. Retrieved April 28, 2007.
  7. ^ "Barnes & Noble Corte Madera: store details". Retrieved April 5, 2022.
  8. ^ "Book Passage". Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Directory and Map". Town Center Corte Madera. Archived from the original on December 31, 2006. Retrieved April 28, 2007.

Coordinates: 37°55′37″N 122°31′2″W / 37.92694°N 122.51722°W / 37.92694; -122.51722