The Glendale Galleria is a large three-story regional shopping center and office complex located in downtown Glendale, California, USA. Opened in 1976, with 1.6 million square feet of retail space, it is the fourth largest mall in Los Angeles County after Westfield Topanga, Lakewood Center and Del Amo Fashion Center.
|Location||Glendale, California, United States|
|Address||100 W Broadway Suite 700|
|Opened||October 14, 1976|
|Renovation cost||US$57.5 million|
|Owner||Brookfield Properties Retail Group|
|Material||Brick, marble, stone, aluminum, steel, granite, glass|
|Floor area||1.6 million square feet (150×103 m2)|
|Design and construction|
|Structural engineer||KPFF Consulting Engineers|
|Civil engineer||KPFF Consulting Engineers|
|Main contractor||VCC Construction|
|Number of stores||200+|
|Number of anchors||6|
|Parking||2 parking decks, 6300+ spots total|
The Glendale Galleria was developed by Glendale Associates, a partnership between J.S. Griffiths Co, Broadway Hale Stores and M.J. Brock & Sons. Construction of the mall started in 1973 as agreements were negotiated with Glendale's Redevelopment Agency. The mall cost US$75 million. The architect was Jon Jerde, who credited his design to a Ray Bradbury essay on reviving retail districts. The first shops to open in the mall were the Buffums' and The Broadway department stores, both in August 1976, a few months prior to the mall's formal opening. The Galleria officially opened on October 14, 1976. Ohrbach's and JCPenney opened locations in October and November 1976, respectively.
The Galleria's first expansion, Galleria II, was completed in 1983. It expanded a wing of the mall and added another anchor store, Nordstrom. The first Panda Express restaurant opened in Galleria II in the same year, on level 3 near Bloomingdale's.
Glendale Galleria was selected by Apple Inc. as the location of one of the first two Apple Stores in the world (along with Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Virginia); both officially opened on May 19, 2001.
On September 4, 2002, the Galleria's three owners at the time; J.S. Griffiths, Cigna, and the New York State Teachers' Retirement System, put the mall up for sale "for reasons unrelated to the mall's performance". On October 28, 2002, it was announced that General Growth Properties (now Brookfield Properties Retail Group) will buy the Glendale Galleria for $415 million. The acquisition was completed on December 6th of that year.
In 2016, it was reported that 30 million people have visited the Galleria throughout the year, making it one of the top 100 shopping centers according to Green Street Advisors. As of 2017, over 200 stores remain operational in the Galleria, with 6 of them acting as anchor stores.
Originally, the Galleria was covered in a windowless, unadorned brick finish. This type of architecture reflected the style of other shopping malls built across the country between the 1960s and 1970s.
Starting April 25, 2012, the Galleria underwent an extensive renovation. Designed by Kevin Kennon and Alan Loomis, objectives of the renovation included a modernized look, improved signage, and enhanced circulation and access. Various metal panels and meshes, most made out of white marble and black granite, were added to the building's facades. The renovation cost $57.5 million and was completed on November 9, 2013.
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