Westfield Culver City
Interior view of Westfield Culver City in 2014.
LocationCulver City, California, U.S.
Address6000 Sepulveda Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90230-6482
Opening dateOctober 6, 1975; 46 years ago (October 6, 1975)
DeveloperThe Hahn Company
ManagementWestfield Group
OwnerWestfield Group
No. of stores and services172 (2018)
No. of anchor tenants8
Total retail floor area1,061,687 sq ft (98,633.9 m2)
No. of floors2-3 (1 in Best Buy and Trader Joe's, 2 in Forever 21, H&M, Nordstrom Rack, and Target, 3 in JCPenney and Macy's)
Websitewestfield.com/culvercity

Westfield Culver City (formerly known as the Fox Hills Mall), is a shopping mall in Culver City, California, owned by the Westfield Group. Its anchor stores are JCPenney and Macy's. Junior anchors are Best Buy, Nordstrom Rack, Target, Forever 21, H&M, and Trader Joe's.

History

Opened on October 6, 1975, the Fox Hills Mall was one of the first 3-level malls in California, owned and developed by Ernest W. Hahn, Inc. and Carter Hawley Hale Properties, Inc. Gruen Associates were the project architects, but The Broadway was designed by William L. Pereira Associates.[1]

Situated on a 37-acre (150,000 m2) site, the mall opened with:[1]

The total area was (902,566 square feet (83,851.1 m2)) including outbuildings of 30,200 square feet (2,810 m2). There was parking for 4491 cars, including 2400 in a parking structure.[1]

Notable elements of its original design were a glass-and-steel "theme" staircase in the center of the mall, as well as the angled bridges which connected the multiple levels. Westfield America, Inc., a precursor to Westfield Group, acquired the shopping center in 1998 and renamed it "Westfield Shoppingtown Fox Hills", dropping the "Shoppingtown" name in June 2005.[2] From 2005 to 2009, the mall was known as "Westfield Fox Hills".

The theme staircase was removed during the 2009 renovation, but the bridges still remain.

The former Robinsons-May department store closed in 2006 and was demolished in 2008 for a new wing including Target and a Best Buy store in 2009.

Dining Terrace

Los Angeles food critic Jonathan Gold gave the mall food court (officially called a "dining terrace") a complimentary review that highlighted the ethnic diversity of the food choices available: "After 60-odd years in Los Angeles, the city that practically invented the modern shopping center, a developer finally gets it...Fox Hills has always been among the most multiracial of Los Angeles malls, downhill from the posh African-American homes of Baldwin Hills and Ladera Heights, close to the Asian and Muslim enclaves of south Culver City, in proximity to Westchester and the Marina, Inglewood and Playa del Rey......Brilliant: not quite. But other mall operators would do well to pay attention."[3]

Transit Access

The mall has a transit center in the parking lot located between Sepulveda Blvd & Slauson Ave where transfers to many LACMTA & Culver CityBus lines can be made.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Fox Hills Mall Stats, Fox Hills Mall advertising supplement". Los Angeles Times. October 5, 1975.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Gold, Jonathan (January 12, 2012). "Jonathan Gold Reviews Westfield Culver City Food Court". LA Weekly.

Coordinates: 33°59′07″N 118°23′42″W / 33.9852°N 118.395°W / 33.9852; -118.395