Hawthorne Plaza Shopping Center
Hawthorne Plaza is a dead mall along Hawthorne Boulevard between 120th Street and El Segundo Blvd in Hawthorne, California. The 40-acre (16 ha) property opened in 1977 and included an indoor mall and free standing stores at the property's south end. The mall largely catered to the middle class residents living in and around Hawthorne and featured cheaper stores than other nearby malls such as South Bay Galleria and Manhattan Village.
The mall's former The Broadway department store as seen from Hawthorne Boulevard
|Address||12000 Hawthorne Blvd.|
(formerly 12124 Hawthorne Plaza)
|Opening date||February 1977|
|Closing date||March 1, 1999|
|Developer||Ernest W. Hahn Inc., Carter Hawley Hale Properties Inc., Urban Projects Inc.|
|Architect||Charles Kober Associates|
|No. of stores and services||134 (1977)|
|No. of anchor tenants||3 (all vacant)|
|Total retail floor area||801,000 sq ft (74,400 m2)|
The Broadway 159,100 sq ft (14,780 m2)
Montgomery Ward 158,500 sq ft (14,730 m2)
J. C. Penney 168,000 sq ft (15,600 m2)
|No. of floors||2|
Despite initial popularity, the mall went into decline in the 1990s due in part to the economic decline of the area after the cutbacks in aerospace jobs and to competition from other shopping centers. The mall's number of occupied stores declined from 130 in the late 1980s to 87 in 1994 and around 70 in 1998. By that year only one anchor store was remaining out of the original four. After the Macy's Clearance Center (which replaced The Broadway upon the latter's purchase by Federated Department Stores) closed down in December 1997, there were plans to put in an AMC Theatre on the site and to convert the mall into an open-air shopping center. Their plans never came into fruition, however, and the mall portion closed down in 1999.
The property's southern part was redone in 1998 and is still open. It includes a supermarket, a pharmacy, and some small restaurants. The mall building and most of its multistory parking lots are now abandoned except for a police training center that was built in the portion formerly occupied by Montgomery Ward. On the northern side is an annex administrative office for the Hawthorne school district. The abandoned mall has also been used to film a number of movies, TV shows, and music videos such as Minority Report (2002), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), The Green Hornet (2006), Teen Wolf (2011), Beyoncé's "Superpower" (2013), Agents of Shield (2013), Gone Girl (2014), Lindsey Sterling's "Heist" (2014), David Guetta's "Bang My Head" (2014), Rush Hour (2016), Colony (2016), Westworld (2016), Taylor Swift's "...Ready for It?", Travis Scott’s Astroworld Trailer, and Chris Brown’s Party (2017).
In February 2016, it was announced that the Hawthorne Plaza Mall would be intended to be revitalized as a large "power center", which could include an outdoor mini-mall, an office complex and walkable outdoor retail strips with upper-level homes.
A month later, on March 10, 2016, the Hawthorne Specific Plan, which includes the revitalization of the ailing mall, was approved by the city council. The plan also calls for 500 high-end housing units, innovative office units, commercial outlets open to Hawthorne Blvd, and outdoor dining sites. However, property owner Charles Co. never initiated construction.
On November 29, 2016, the Hawthorne City Hall commission has announced plans to demolish the Hawthorne Plaza and rebuild something similar as the Farmers Market in Los Angeles.
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