Inland Center

Inland Center is a regional shopping mall owned and operated by Macerich, located in San Bernardino, California along the southwest border adjacent to Interstate 215 and the city of Colton. The mall is within one mile of three bordering cities on the southern end of San Bernardino (Redlands, Colton, and Loma Linda). Inland Center is a single-level mall anchored by, J. C. Penney, Forever 21 and Macy's, plus 110 specialty shops and services.

Inland Center
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LocationSan Bernardino, California, United States
Coordinates34°05′06″N 117°17′51″W / 34.08494°N 117.29746°W / 34.08494; -117.29746Coordinates: 34°05′06″N 117°17′51″W / 34.08494°N 117.29746°W / 34.08494; -117.29746
Opening date1966
DeveloperHomart Development Company
ManagementMacerich
OwnerMacerich
No. of stores and services110
No. of anchor tenants4 (2 open, 2 vacant by around October 2020)
Total retail floor area988,535 sq ft (91,837.9 m2) (GLA)
No. of floors1 (2 in J. C. Penney, Macy’s and former Sears, 3 and a penthouse in Forever 21, 3rd floor and penthouse unused from The Broadway)
Websiteinlandcenter.com

HistoryEdit

Construction and grand openingEdit

Originally constructed by Homart Development Company and opened in 1966,[1] Inland Center Mall was built on top of the former Urbita Springs lake.[2]

Three major department stores anchored the mall at or close to its opening date:[3]

  • The Broadway opened August 29, 1966, 3 selling floors, 158,000 square feet (14,700 m2). Charles Luckman and Associates, architects. Its exterior was featured white pillars, as well as Portuguese marble in brown and champagne tones. It had interior murals by Charles Riggs, Ben Morris, Roy Little, Paul Sherman, and Ray Jacobs.[4]
  • May Company opened September 6, 1966, three levels, 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2)
  • Sears opened September 28, 1966, 2 levels, 264,000 square feet (24,500 m2) plus an automotive center in an outbuilding

The mall courcourse with approximately 70 stores, opened October 12, 1966. There was parking for 5,000 cars. The total lots size was 63 acres (25 ha).[3]

1990sEdit

The mall experienced a number of changes in the 1990s. In 1993, the May Company store closed leaving the mall with only two anchors, The Broadway and Sears, which reduced overall traffic after merging with May Department Stores. In 1995, Gottschalks moved into the old May Co building. A year later, Macy's bought out The Broadway, and converted its three-story building to a Macy's location. In 1998, a fourth anchor building was annexed in front of the mall's main entrance, along with a four-story parking structure. The store was Robinsons-May.[5]

2000sEdit

In 2000, the main entrances were renovated placing trees and benches at all entrances and a new mall sign along with a new remodeled Food Court next to Sears, where the old Miller's Outpost was located. In 2006, Macy's bought out Robinsons-May, and since having two anchors on the same property was redundant, decided to close the old Broadway building in favor of the more modern built Robinsons-May building at its current location.

The vacant Broadway building was sold to Mervyn's in 2007 for renovation and a proposed opening in September 2008, but the Mervyn’s company was liquidated around that time after filing for Chapter 7. Also in October 2008, construction was made to seal off the vacant and smaller second level of the mall to public traffic. In 2009, Forever 21 announced it would move into the vacant building that was partially renovated by Mervyn's. Gottschalks closed its doors in July 2009 after they too filed for Chapter 11 liquidation. J. C. Penney announced that they would open at the former Gottschalks building.

2010sEdit

In 2013, Macerich Corporation installed over 4,000 solar panels on the corridor rooftops to reduce their dependence on electricity during operating hours. EV Charging Stations were also installed in the parking lots at the major entrances.[6][non-primary source needed] In 2015, Sears Holdings spun off 235 of its properties, including the Sears at Inland Center, into Seritage Growth Properties.[7] In 2016, J. C. Penney opened a store in the former Gottschalks building.[8]

In summer 2018, it was announced that fashion retailer H&M would be opening a 20,000 square foot location inside the mall. The store opened later in fall 2018. [9]

On October 1, 2019, it was announced that Forever 21 would be closing as part of a plan to close 178 stores nationwide. However, there have been conflicting reports of this location closing, and as of June 2020, the store has remained open.[10]

On November 7, 2019, it was announced that Sears would be closing as part of a plan to close 96 stores nationwide. The store closed on February 2, 2020.[11]

2020sEdit

On June 4, 2020, it was announced that JCPenney would be closing by around October 2020 as part of a plan to close 154 stores nationwide, which will leave Forever 21 and Macy's as the only anchor stores left.[12]

Structural featuresEdit

In 2006, the original Macy's store which occupied a dated The Broadway location was closed and the more modern 165,000 sq ft (15,300 m2) Robinsons-May was converted to Macy's as part of the Federated Department Stores merger with May Department Stores. Mervyn's was to take over the old 94,011 sq ft (8,733.9 m2) anchor space but failed to open after their bankruptcy finalized in 2009.

Construction was also completed in 2007 to seal off the lower level, demolishing a staircase and glass elevator that took customers to the lower level of the mall that remained vacant after Oshman's Sporting Goods and a video arcade closed down in prior decades. After construction was completed, the upper level floor was made solid and a Children's Play Area themed after US Route 66 was built near the old staircase location.

On January 2008, parking lots adjacent to the parking structure and a small portion of the underutilized western parking areas of the mall were used in the recent SANBAG and Caltrans I-215 expansion project.[13] The Inland Center Drive overpass reopened next to the mall in April 2010.

During 2009, two adjacent pads to Inland Center owned by Macerich corporation were razed and placed for sale: On North Mall Boulevard and E Street (Formerly a Citibank branch) and South Mall Boulevard and E Street (Formerly Buffalo Ranch Restaurant).

Mall layoutEdit

A distinctive[citation needed] feature of Inland Center is the large cement vault in the center of the mall serving as its main entrance prior to 1988. The vault today serves as the walkway between Macy's and Forever 21 with smaller-format stores along each side and a perpendicular main walkway with full-size inline stores crossing the vault to reach J. C. Penney and the former Sears.

AnchorsEdit

Current anchorsEdit

Former anchorsEdit

  • May Company (original tenant) (1966-1993) - Replaced by Gottschalks in 1995.
  • The Broadway (original tenant) (1966-1996) - Replaced by Macy's in 1996.
  • Robinsons-May (1998-2006) - Replaced by Macy's in 2006.
  • Macy's (first location) (1996-2006) - Replaced by Forever 21 in 2009.
  • Gottschalks (1995-2009) - Replaced by JCPenney in 2016.
  • Sears (original tenant) (1966-2020)

Canceled anchorsEdit

  • Mervyn's was originally going to open at the former Broadway Building in 2007 but the company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in the same year and would close all stores in 2009.

Cause of Anchors ClosingEdit

  • May Company - Closed after merging with J.W. Robinson's.
  • The Broadway - Closed after being acquired by Macy's.
  • Robinsons-May - Closed after merging with Macy's.
  • Macy's (first location) - Closed due to the building being redundant; moved to the former Robinsons-May.
  • Gottschalks - Closed due to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January 2009.
  • Sears - Closed due to the chain's struggles.
  • JCPenney - Soon to close due to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May 2020.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Imran Ghori (April 13, 2009). "Plan for Carousel Mall is latest in long effort to revive San Bernardino". The Press-Enterprise (California). Archived from the original on January 30, 2010. Retrieved March 7, 2010.
  2. ^ "San Bernardino's lost splendor remembered in book of postcards | Inland News | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California". Archived from the original on October 12, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Sears Opens New Store Wednesday". San Bernardino County Sun. September 22, 1966. p. 25. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  4. ^ "Broadway opens Monday at new Inland Center". Redlands Daily Facts. August 24, 1966. p. 4.
  5. ^ Ascenzi, Joseph (1997-06-09). "Robinsons-May to Open Inland Center in San Bernardino, Calif., Mall Store.(Originated from The Business Press, Ontario, Calif.)". Archived from the original on 2015-03-28. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  6. ^ Macerich Corporation. "Inland Center: About : Sustainability". Macerich Corporation. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  7. ^ "At Inland Center | Seritage". seritage.com.
  8. ^ "JCPenney to open at Inland Center in fall". sbsun.com. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  9. ^ https://www.pe.com/2018/01/30/hm-is-coming-to-san-bernardinos-inland-center/
  10. ^ https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2019/10/01/heres-a-map-of-the-forever-21-stores-set-to-close.html
  11. ^ Tyko, Kelly; Bomey, Nathan (November 7, 2019). "Sears and Kmart store closings: 51 Sears, 45 Kmart locations to shutter. See the list". USA Today. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  12. ^ https://www.pe.com/2020/06/04/jc-penney-to-close-154-stores-including-chino-san-bernardino/
  13. ^ "SANBAG: Measure I Freeway Projects". Archived from the original on July 15, 2007.

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