Northridge Fashion Center

Northridge Fashion Center

Level 2 entrance
Location Northridge, Los Angeles, California, USA
Opening date 1971
Developer J. David Gladstone
Owner General Growth Properties
No. of stores and services 170+[1]
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 1,500,000 square feet (140,000 m2)[1]
No. of floors 2 (Macy's Men & Home and Sears have 3 floors and JCPenney has 4 levels)
Website Official Website

Northridge Fashion Center is a large shopping mall located in Northridge, Los Angeles, California. It opened in 1971. It was severely damaged during the Northridge earthquake in 1994, but renovated extensively in 1995, 1998, and 2003. It is owned by General Growth Properties. The mall's anchor stores are J. C. Penney, two Macy's locations, Sears, and a Pacific Theatres movie theater.


The first store to open at the mall was a Bullock's department store, in September 1971.[2] The Broadway followed in October,[3] and Sears in November;[2] after the rest of the mall opened in 1971, J. C. Penney was added as a fourth anchor in 1972.[4] An expansion was announced in 1985, comprising J. W. Robinson's and May Company California.[5] Both stores were the anchors to two new wings added in 1988.[6] When those chains merged in 1993, they both operated as Robinsons-May.[7]

In January 1994, the mall was damaged by the Northridge earthquake. The earthquake caused damage to the interior mall and all six anchor stores, including the Bullock's store, which was condemned soon afterward.[8] Although The Broadway and Sears reopened in late 1994, renovation was further delayed through mid-1995.[9] By June 1995, J. C. Penney was demolished and rebuilt from the ground up as a result of the earthquake.[10] Bullock's was also rebuilt.[11][12]

Federated Department Stores, then-owners of the Bullock's and Broadway chains, converted the Bullock's to Macy's in 1996 and closed the Broadway, despite the fact that it was planned to become a Bloomingdale's.[13] A year later, Robinsons-May consolidated its two stores into the store at the southwest corner of the mall. The Robinsons-May at the northwest end was demolished for a movie theater, while the former Broadway store was also demolished for smaller mall shops.[14] General Growth Properties bought the mall at this point and began construction on the outdoor promenade that replaced the former Broadway. It opened in 1999 with Borders Books & Music and several restaurants.[15] When Macy's acquired Robinsons-May in 2006, the Robinsons-May store became a Macy's Home Store.[16] Borders closed and became Sports Authority in 2011, but it too went out of business in 2016 and today, the space is vacant .[17]


  1. 1 2 "Northridge Fashion Center". General Growth Properties. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  2. 1 2 "New Bullock's Open at Northridge Center". The Los Angeles Times. 12 September 1971. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  3. Dick, Turpin (17 October 1971). "$4.5 Million Broadway to open". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  4. "New Penney store slated to open". The Los Angeles Times. 9 April 1972. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  5. Jalon, Allan (16 April 1985). "Robinson's, May Co. Keystones in Northridge Mall Expansion". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  6. Sullivan, Meg (20 July 1987). "As Fashion Center Grows to Size XL, Some Shoppers Feel Pinch in Parking". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  7. "MERGER OF RETAILERS IRONED OUT". Daily News of Los Angeles. 23 January 1993. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  8. "Northridge Mall Reopening Delayed Until October". The Los Angeles Times. 22 March 1994. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  9. "Northridge Mall Reopening Pushed Back to Summer". The Los Angeles Times. 17 January 1995. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  10. Bond, Ed (14 June 1995). "NORTHRIDGE : Rebuilt Penney's Reopens Today". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  11. Leovy, Jill (23 February 1994). "NORTHRIDGE : Few Gather for Demolition of Bullock's Store". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  12. "Retail". The Los Angeles Times. 10 August 1995. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  13. Apodaca, Patrice (9 March 1996). "Northridge : Store May Become Entertainment Center". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  14. Scheeres, Julia (18 June 1997). "Mall Lot Demolished; Store Starts Merger". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  15. Robinson-Jacobs, Karen (4 May 1999). "New Mall Tenants to Fill Space, Stomachs". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  16. "FEDERATED PLANNING TO SELL OFF 20 STORES". Daily News of Los Angeles. 29 July 2005. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  17. Melero, Angela (29 November 2011). "Sports Authority to Open New Location in Northridge Fashion Center". San Fernando Valley Business Journal. Retrieved 21 November 2013.

Coordinates: 34°14′20″N 118°33′22″W / 34.239°N 118.556°W / 34.239; -118.556

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