West Valley Mall
LocationTracy, California, USA
Opening date1995; 27 years ago (1995)
ManagementNamdar Realty Group
OwnerNamdar Realty Group
No. of stores and services94 [1]
No. of anchor tenants7 (6 open, 1 vacant)[1]
Total retail floor area750,000 sq. ft.[1]
No. of floors1[1]

West Valley Mall is a mall in Tracy, California that opened in 1995.[1] It is owned and operated by Namdar Realty Group[1] and is located directly off Highway 205. The mall is anchored by Target, Macy's, and a Cinemark Movie Theater.

The mall is located north and next to both Grant Line Road and Interstate 205 which connects with nearby interstates 580 and 5.[2] The shopping center is adjacent to the former Naglee Park and Ride Lot, a transit hub for local Tracer and regional SMART bus services.[3][4]

On December 20, 2013, a shooting was reported at the West Valley Mall near the Eastern entrance.[5] No injuries were reported from the incident, and the accused shooter was apprehended shortly after the shooting.[6]

History

West Valley Mall opened its doors in 1995 with two anchor stores - a 101,000 square-foot Gottschalks department store and a 97,000 square-foot Target store. A 14-screen Cinemark cinema opened in 1996, along with a 50,000 square-foot JCPenney department store that had relocated from elsewhere in Tracy.[7]

Sears opened an 85,000 square-foot department store in 1997, alongside new junior anchors Ross Dress for Less, and Big 5 Sporting Goods. Two additional junior anchors - a Barnes & Noble bookstore and Old Navy - were added in 2002, along with several outparcel retailers including Best Buy and Cost Plus World Market. Target expanded and remodeled its store in 2005, adding an additional 15,000 square feet in place of its former Garden Center.

Both Old Navy and Gottschalks closed in 2009, Old Navy due to corporate downsizing[8] and Gottschalks due to a bankruptcy filing.[8] Macy's backfilled the former Gottschalks space in 2010, after being lured to the mall with subsidies from both the City of Tracy and mall owner General Growth Properties.[9]

Two of the mall's junior anchors closed in the following years - Ross, which moved elsewhere in Tracy in 2012; and Barnes & Noble, which closed in 2013.[10] A local furniture store replaced Ross, while Sports Authority supplanted Barnes & Noble in 2014. Sports Authority closed only two years later as the result of the company's 2016 bankruptcy filing,[11] and has since been replaced by a locally owned sports club.

On November 7, 2019, Sears announced it would close its Tracy store (along with 95 others). The store closed in February 2020.[12]

On June 4, 2020, JCPenney announced it would close its Tracy store (along with 153 others) as part of a bankruptcy filing, leaving Macy's and Target as the mall's remaining anchors.[13][7]

On October 1, 2021, Hobby Lobby opened in the former JCPenney building.[14]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "West Valley Mall Homepage". West Valley Mall.
  2. ^ "West Valley Mall". Google Maps. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Fixed_Route_English_2017" (PDF). City of Tracy. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  4. ^ "Park-n-Ride to move downtown". Tracy Press. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Denise Ellen Rizzo (December 20, 2013). "Gunman shoots up West Valley Mall entrance". Tracy Press. Archived from the original on June 19, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  6. ^ Denise Ellen Rizzo (March 1, 2014). "Accused West Valley Mall shooter pleads not guilty". Tracy Press. Archived from the original on June 19, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Tracy's JC Penney store to close; sales start Friday". Tracy Press. June 5, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Old Navy leaves the West Valley Mall".
  9. ^ "City Council goes all-in on Macy's".
  10. ^ "Map shows bookstore leaving mall".
  11. ^ "Sports Authority closing at West Valley Mall".
  12. ^ Tyko, Kelly; Bomey, Nathan (November 7, 2019). "Sears and Kmart store closings: 51 Sears, 45 Kmart locations to shutter. See the list". USA Today. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "JCPenney Store Closings – Penney IP LLC".
  14. ^ "New Store Opening in Tracy, California" (Press release). Hobby Lobby. October 1, 2021. Retrieved March 20, 2022.

Coordinates: 37°45′38″N 121°27′30″W / 37.76057°N 121.45835°W / 37.76057; -121.45835