Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Eastridge Mall

(My Theme is places I have visited or lived)

This is the Eastridge Mall in San Jose, CA

This was a huge deal when it was built. It was our first multi-level mall, with a fountain inside. The famous Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor took up residence here. We had a indoor skating rink. We teen-agers hung out here regularly. My favorite boot store located here where I could buy Tony Lama or Dan Post cowboy boots here.

Eastridge is a 1.4 million square foot (GLA) shopping mall owned by General Growth Properties,[1] and located in between Tully Road, East Capitol Expressway, and Quimby Road in eastern San Jose, California. The mall has an enclosed shopping area, restaurants and theaters. It is a split level mall, with part of the mall being 3 levels, and part of it being 2 levels.

It was opened on May 17, 1971 with the original anchors: Macy'sLiberty HouseJ. C. PenneyJoseph Magnin Co., and Sears. Eastridge was the largest enclosed shopping mall in the West. Emporium-Capwell replaced Liberty House when the chain pulled out of California. After Macy's bought Emporium-Capwell, they shuttered the store. It sat vacant until the 2005 remodel when they demolished the store.

In 2005 a major remodeling brought in an AMC Theatres and outdoor streetscape, with tenants such as Barnes & Noble and Bed Bath & Beyond. Other new stores continue to open inside, as well. The general consensus is that the renovation is a success.


nashvillecats2 said...

Sounds a wonderful place Gregg though I've been to California have never been to San Jose.

Arlee Bird said...

You've got me here. I've been to Eastridge Mall in Chattanooga, TN, but not this one in San Jose. Sounds like a good one though I don't go to malls as much as I used to.

Arlee Bird
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KC Bob said...

Not a lot of indoor malls built these days Gregg. I suspect that the Walmarts and Targets have something to do with that. ツ