Lakewood Center

Lakewood Center is a super-regional shopping mall in Lakewood, California and the oldest shopping mall in the United States that is now enclosed, having first opened to the public in 1951 and being enclosed in 1978.[1] (The first enclosed mall in California was Escondido Village Mall.)[2] It is anchored by Bed Bath & Beyond, Costco, JCPenney, Macy's (formerly May Company/Robinsons-May), Forever 21 (formerly Mervyn's), and Target (formerly Montgomery Ward). At 2,093,006 square feet (194,446.6 m2), the Lakewood Center is ranked among the largest retail shopping malls by gross leasable area in the United States.[3] In 2004, the Lakewood Center's sales amounted to $393 per square foot with an approximate 11.2 million shoppers.[4]

Lakewood Center
LocationLakewood, California, United States
Coordinates33°51′02″N 118°08′24″W / 33.85047°N 118.14011°W / 33.85047; -118.14011Coordinates: 33°51′02″N 118°08′24″W / 33.85047°N 118.14011°W / 33.85047; -118.14011
Opening date1951
OwnerMacerich (60%) and GIC (40%)
No. of stores and services225
No. of anchor tenants7
Total retail floor area2,100,000 sq ft (200,000 m2) (GLA)
No. of floors1 (2 in Round One Entertainment and Target, 2 and basement offices in JCPenney, 4 in Macy's)

The mall is owned and operated by Macerich and is part of its trifecta of "Shop One Shop All" malls in southeast Los Angeles County along with the Los Cerritos Center in Cerritos and the Stonewood Center in Downey.[5]


Lakewood Center open in 1952 on 259 acres, located 21 Miles southeast of Downtown Los Angeles. The mall included 18 stores including a 4 Level (347,000 sq ft) May Company & a 3 Level (88,000 sq ft) Butler Brothers department store.

The Butler Brothers store became JCPenney in 1960.

Transit accessEdit

The mall is accessible by LACMTA Metro Local Lines 265 and 266, and Long Beach Transit Lines 91, 93 (weekdays only), 103, 111, 112 and 191.

Line 91 only runs to the mall on weekends and Line 191 stops along Del Amo Boulevard.


  1. ^ Arnold, Roxane (May 28, 1978). "Rejuvenated Lakewood Center to Enter New Era". Los Angeles Times. p. 9.
  2. ^ Gaw, Jonathan (April 23, 1991). "Mall Makeover : Escondido Village, Vineyard Centers Struggle With Obsolescence". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Largest Shopping Malls in the United States
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 18, 2006. Retrieved December 5, 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 1, 2006. Retrieved December 5, 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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