Coordinates: 33°4′6.9″N 117°3′59.2″W / 33.068583°N 117.066444°W / 33.068583; -117.066444

Westfield North County
Westfield North County logo
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Main Atrium as seen from 3rd floor.
LocationEscondido, California
Address272 East Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025
Opening dateFebruary 1986
DeveloperThe Hahn Company/ 55M Revitalization 2013: Westfield LLC
ManagementWestfield LLC
OwnerWestfield LLC
No. of stores and services160
No. of anchor tenants6 (4 open, 2 vacant)
Total retail floor area1,300,000 square feet (120,000 m2)
No. of floors2-3 (2 in JCPenney and former Sears, 3 in Macy's, Target, and former Nordstrom)
Websitewestfield.com/northcounty

Westfield North County (formerly known as North County Fair & Westfield Shoppingtown North County) is a shopping mall in Escondido, California owned and operated by Westfield Group. The anchor stores are Macy's, Target, JCPenney, and 24 Hour Fitness. There are 2 vacant anchor stores that were once Sears and Nordstrom.

A view of the three-level center court of Westfield North County.
A view of the three-level center court of Westfield North County.

History

1980s

The mall originally opened in February 1986 with JCPenney, May Company, Nordstrom, J.W. Robinson's, Sears, and The Broadway as its original anchors. Two separate bank buildings were part of the development and located on the northern side of the mall but have since been demolished and replaced with additional parking.

1990s

In 1993, both the Robinson's and May Company anchors became Robinsons-May locations.[1] In 1996, The Broadway became Macy's.

2000s

Westfield dropped the “Shoppingtown” from the names of all centers they operated in June 2005.[2] In 2006, following Federated Department Stores' merger with May Company, the two Robinsons-May locations closed.[3] The former Robinson's location has been subdivided into Forever 21, H&M and Old Navy, while the former May Company location is now Target.[4][5]

2010s

North County Tavern + Bowl opened on the second level of the mall in December 2010, replacing Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co. and three adjacent stores. The 15,000 square foot facility encompassed a 300-seat restaurant, a 30-foot bar, and eight bowling lanes.[6] The tavern closed in 2017 and was replaced by a Comic Book and Memorabilia store.[7]

In 2012, Westfield announced a $55 million revitalization plan and included renovating the mall's interior, updating the exterior mall entrances, and resurfacing the parking lot.[8]

2020s

On May 8, 2020 it was announced that the Nordstrom store would be permanently closing as part of a plan to close 16 locations nationwide. The store closed in June 2020.[9]

On June 22, 2020, it was announced that Sears would also be closing as part of a plan to close 28 stores nationwide. The store closed on September 6, 2020, leaving Target, Macy's, and JCPenney as the mall's remaining anchors. This was the last remaining Sears store in San Diego County.[10]

Anchors

Former Anchors

See also

References

  1. ^ "Shoppers to see double over merger". The Press-Courier. January 25, 1993. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
  2. ^ "Business: If you didn't call them 'shoppingtowns,' don't". 2005-12-21. Archived from the original on 2005-12-21. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  3. ^ "North County Robinsons-May stores to be closed, sold". North County Times. July 29, 2005. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
  4. ^ "Malls buy into retooling". The San Diego Union-Tribune. August 30, 2009. Retrieved September 6, 2009.
  5. ^ "Target Store at Westfield Mall slated to open in October". North County Times. January 30, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
  6. ^ "Bowling returns to Escondido, but now at the mall". The San Diego Union-Tribune. December 11, 2010. Retrieved May 10, 2012.
  7. ^ "Tavern+Bowl North County Closes in Escondido". NBC San Diego. August 28, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  8. ^ "Council Approves Westfield North County Revitalization Plans" (Press release). City of Escondido. January 12, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
  9. ^ "Nordstrom closes in Escondido | Escondido Times-Advocate". 12 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Sears closes at Westfield Mall | Escondido Times-Advocate". 3 July 2020.